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The NEA Big Read Celebrates House on Mango Street and Dreamers

October 9th to November 9th, 2021

From Mango Street to Our Street, Hartford Public Library’s Fall 2021 NEA Big Read, celebrates The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros and youth selection Dreamers by Yuyi Morales by encouraging us to explore life on Mango Street through the main character, Esperanza’s eyes, and inspiring us to document and explore life on our own street. 
Free English and Spanish copies of Big Read book selections will be available for program participants. The NEA Big Read is an initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest. 





Fall 2021 Book Selections:

The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros

The House on Mango Street is the remarkable story of Esperanza Cordero, a young Latina girl growing up in Chicago, inventing for herself who and what she will become. Told in a series of vignettes-sometimes heartbreaking, sometimes deeply joyous-Sandra Cisneros' masterpiece is a classic story of childhood and self-discovery. Few other books in our time have touched so many readers.

Check out the book here

Dreamers by Yuyi Morales

We are resilience. We are hope. We are dreamers.

Dreamers is a celebration of making your home with the things you always carry: your resilience, your dreams, your hopes and history. It’s the story of finding your way in a new place, of navigating an unfamiliar world and finding the best parts of it. In dark times, it’s a promise that you can make better tomorrows.  


                        ------------------LIST OF EVENTS------------------

Kickoff to the Big Read- Mariachi!
Saturday, October 9th: 1-2pm
Downtown Branch, Terrace
Join us in kicking off the Big Read with an outdoor performance from the Mariachi Academy of New England and free book give-aways
Youth and Family Programs-----------------
Through Your Eyes: My Neighborhood
Wednesday, September 22nd: 3:00pm, Barbour Branch
Tuesday, October 12th: 4:00pm, Camp Field Branch
Ages 6-12. Join guest artist, Meredith Arcari Luciano, to create a painting of your neighborhood!
Monday, October 4, 4:00pm, Dwight Branch
Ages 6-12. Join Ms. Rubina for a book reading and discussion of Dreamers by Yuyi Morales.
Passport to Art with Young at Art 
Tuesday, October 5th: 4:00pm, Downtown Library, Atrium
Wednesday, October 13th: 3:00pm, Barbour Branch
Ages 6-12. Travel the world through art with special guest, Young at Art.
Big Read Storytime: All Are Welcome
Wednesday, October 6, 10:00am, Downtown Library, Atrium
Ages 0-5 with parent/caregiver. 
Join Ms. Katherine for stories and a craft. 
Sirius Coyote - Music and Sounds of the Americas
Thursday, October 7th: 4:00pm, Camp Field Branch
Wednesday, October 13th: 11:00am, Dwight Branch
Big Read Story Time with Ms. Lina
Monday, October 11, 11:00am, Zoom
Ages 0-5 with parents/caregivers. 
Join Ms. Lina for stories, activities, and music movement.
Big Read Art Club: Yuyi Morales
Tuesday, October 12, 4:00pm, Google Meet
Ages 6-12. 
Miss Katherine will share some of her favorite books by Yuyi Morales followed by a Dream Pouch craft. *Activity kit available at the Downtown Library.
Surcari - Music with a Latin Beat
Wednesday, October 13th: 11:00am, Downtown Library, Atrium
Big Read: Butterfly Dreamer Craft
Thursday, October 14, 3:30pm - 5:30pm, Camp Field Branch
Ages 6-12.
Join Ms. Katryna to make a beautiful butterfly inspired by the book, Dreamers by Yuyi Morales.
Discover Your Dreams in Books
Monday, October 25, 10:00am - 1:00pm, Barbour Branch
Ages 0-6. 
What are we? In Yuyi Morales' Dreamers, parent and child discover who they are in the pages of books they find in the library. Drop in for a Big Read storytime and craft inspired by Yuyi's story and your own dreams.
Teen Programs-----------------
Augmented Reality Story Walk
Week 1: 10/11 & 10/13: 3–6pm  
Week 2: 10/18 & 10/20: 3–6pm  
Week 3: 10/25 & 10/27: 3–6pm 
Week 4: 11/1 & 11/3: 3–6pm 
Downtown Library,  YOUmedia
Create an augmented reality story walk based on the book The House on Mango Street! Here’s how… select a scene from The House on Mango Street, choose an artistic medium (draw, paint, illustrate, etc.) to depict the scene on a 13x19in storyboard, animate your scenes, compose instrumentals or sound effects for their scenes in ProTools, and showcase your completed scenes!
Adult Programs-----------------
From Mango Street to Our Street - Poetry Workshop  
Wednesday, October 13th: 4:30PM - 5:45PM
Park Library
Join us in poetry writing, and exploration of themes in the book by Sandra Cisneros, "The House on Mango Street". Get a free copy of the book.
Únase a nosotros en la escritura de poesía y la exploración de temas en el libro de Sandra Cisneros, "La casa en Mango Street". Reciba copia del libro gratis.
Denis y su Grupo Swing
October 13th: 5-6pm
Rain date: October 15th: 5-6pm
Hartford Public Library - Downtown, Front Terrace
House On Mango Street Exhibit -The Virtual Experience 
Thursday, October 14th: 4:30-5:30pm
Special Guest -Cesáreo Moreno , Visual Arts Director/Chief Curator for the National Museum of Mexican Art in Chicago, Illinois , will be presenting on the exhibit he curated in honor of Sandra Cisnero's book "The House on Mango Street" . The topic of focus from the book will be "abuse and family".
Invitado especial -Cesáreo Moreno, Director de Artes Visuales / Curador en Jefe del Museo Nacional de Arte Mexicano en Chicago, Illinois, estará presentando la exhibición que comisarió en honor al libro de Sandra Cisnero "The House on Mango Street". El tema central del libro será "abuso y familia". 
Paint The House You Grew Up In & Tell Vignettes of Your Story
Thursday, October 14th: 4pm
Albany Library
Join artist Candace Donaldson for a "paint night" style workshop
From Mango Street to Barbour Street
Wednesday, October 20th: 2-3:30pm
Barbour Library
Come hear stories from the book, The House on Mango Street.  Create Mexican yarn paintings in the cultural art style of the author, Sandra Cisneros, celebrating stories from the library and your homes on Barbour Street.  Please call, 860-695-7401 or email, to register.
Wednesday, October 20th: 2-3pm
Dwight Library
Esperanza from the House On Mango Street loved her familia, family meant everything! Come join us to discuss and write poems on what family means to YOU.
The House on Mango Street: Book Discussion, Exploration and Interpretation through Art 
Thursday, October 21 and October 28 - 5:00–6:00pm
Camp Field Library
Join us in a discussion of Sandra Cisneros’ short novel, The House on Mango Street, to explore and make connections to the themes, neighborhood, and characters in the life of a young girl growing up in the inner city. Art kits will be provided for participants to explore and interpret life in their own environment. Two-part series will include book discussion and art activity. Registration suggested by calling the Camp Field Branch at 860-695-7440. 
Honoring CT Latina Poets
Saturday, October 23rd: 11:00am
Park Library & Zoom
Celebrating Park Street Library @ The Lyric Opening in collaboration with Margaret Gibson CT Poet Laureate, presents poetry readings from CT Latina poets
LivFree Wellness Zone Yoga/Martial Flow 
October 28th: 5:00-5:50pm
Downtown Library, Peter’s Reading Room
Mind, Body, Spirit Connectivity with Love and Kindness Yoga Flow with Martha-Rea. Practitioners will create their own Wellness Zone through a LivFree Yoga/Martial Flow including fitness and play. You will engage and connect to your Mind, Body and Spirit with Love and Kindness
Painted Sugar Skull Masks 
Thursday, October 28th: 1-3pm
Downtown Library, Cafe
Come and learn more about this Mexican tradition associated with the Day of the Dead. We will also discuss our Big Read book, The House on Mango Street and Esperanza’s struggles related to her sense of cultural identity.

Hartford History Center

Hartford Public Library Branch Histories

An exhibit by the Hartford History Center at HPL
Semi-permanent exhibits that launch on October 11
At each branch library location and online
For over 125 years, the Hartford Public Library has made a significant impact on the residents of the City of Hartford and beyond. As early as 1907, the Library established it's first neighborhood branch library (Dwight Branch), with branches being created through the 1920s in neighborhoods across the city. With each year and moves to new locations, HPL's library branches transformed to fit the needs of changing neighborhood populations with specialized collection development, programming, and staff. Enjoy select photographs and information about each branch history, drawn from the Hartford Public Library's archive, Hartford Times photograph collection, smaller collections donated by former HPL staff, and reference materials from local newspapers. And we invite you to share your own stories about how your neighborhood branch has supported your journey.
Virtual Partner Series: Stories of Complexity and Connection in Hartford's Ancient Burying Ground
Workshop: Genealogical Research in Colonial and Revolutionary Connecticut for Beginners
October 13th: 6-7:30pm
On Zoom / Register here:
Diana Ross McCain and Carol R. Whitmer of Come Home to Connecticut, genealogical consulting services will introduce beginning genealogists to the basic sources and process for researching families who lived in Connecticut in the 1600s and 1700s. They will cover resources as vital, church, probate, military, and cemetery records, including what kinds of information they contain and how to access them.
Workshop: Telling Your Family Story - Putting it All Together
October 20: 6-7:30 pm
On Zoom / Register here:
Wondering how to put your family story together? Jill Marie Snyder will present a detailed program outlining the steps she took to research her family tree and become the author of an award-winning published narrative of her family’s story. Jill Marie Snyder, author and family historian, is the winner of a 2020 Afro-American Historical & Genealogical Society book award for Dear Mary, Dear Luther. 
Lecture: In the Shadow of the Great Hartford Witch Hunt
October 27: 6-7:30pm
On Zoom / Register here:
Hear from Richard Ross, III, author of Before Salem: Witch Hunting in the Connecticut River Valley, 1647-1663. Decades before the Salem Witch trials, 11 people were hanged as witches in the Connecticut River Valley. The advent of witch hunting in New England was directly influenced by the English Civil War and the witch trials in England. Ross will examine the reasons for the outbreak of witch hysteria in Connecticut and especially the origins of the witchcraft accusations leading up to the “Great Hartford Witch Hunt” in 1662-63. He will identify individuals buried in the Ancient Burying Ground who were connected in some way to the witch hunting and/or the witch trials noted including townspeople, officials, and clergy.