Movie fans can see free films at Hartford Public Library’s Big Screen Blockbuster Summer series on Tuesdays and Saturdays at the Downtown Library, 500 Main St. Films, which start on Tuesday, July 9, and end Saturday, Aug. 24, are shown on the big screen in the Center for Contemporary Culture and include classic and family favorites. Tuesday films are at 5:30 p.m.; Saturday films are at noon. Parking is available on the parking deck adjacent to the library on Arch Street. Information and movie schedule at www.hplct.org.
Hartford Public Library holds a Summer Reading Kickoff and Fun Fair at the
downtown library on Main St. from noon until 4 p.m. The free family celebration
features bounce houses, an obstacle course, airbrush tattoos, crafts, snacks,
music and a dinosaur museum and show. The outdoor fair takes place on the
library terrace and Burr Mall. Information: www.hplct.org.
Registered cardholders can create personal magazine collections by choosing from 150 titles covering areas such as news, business, sports, crafts, cooking, fitness, lifestyle, automotive and photography. Twenty titles are available in Spanish.
“It’s exciting to be able to offer patrons access to full issues of popular magazines that they can read wherever and whenever they like,” said Mary Billings, technical services director.
Customers can download and read magazines on a variety of devices: PC, Mac, iPad iPhone, Android, Kindle Fire and Blackberry Playbook. (Currently, Zinio is not available for Nook tablets.)
The magazines are read on the Zinio platform, which recreates a magazine page-for-page, including full-color pictures and interactive media elements such as audio and video.
Matt Poland, the Library’s chief executive officer, said, “The average cost of a magazine is $4.50 and a subscription about $22 annually. With your library card, your favorite magazine is free. What’s better than that?”
Tuesday isn’t just Election Day, it’s amnesty day at Hartford Public Libraries. Hartford Public Library locations will waive all outstanding late fines for anyone who returns books and other materials wearing an “I Voted Today” sticker.