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A NEW LIBRARY IS COMING TO FROG HOLLOW

For years, activists and neighborhood groups pushed for a new, bigger library in the neighborhood. With plans approved last March for a sleek, new 13,000 square foot building a few blocks away, residents look forward to construction to begin.

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THE PLAN

The first floor will have a 3,000 square foot reading room, a separate 1,200 square foot children’s room, a small café, and an enclosed outdoor patio area for performances and events. The second floor will feature a learning lab, conference room, and a nearly 2,000 square foot community room able to accommodate up to 100 people for meetings, lectures, performances, and other events.

THE FEELING

Exposed wood will give the interior of the new library a warm, welcoming feel. And in a tip-of-the-hat to the history of the site, large photographs of the hand-painted murals adorning the front of the Lyric Theater will hang inside.
It’s a fitting touch for a branch library whose history is intertwined with that of the neighborhood. In the 91 years since the community library opened, Frog Hollow has evolved from an enclave of immigrant factory workers to the epicenter of Hartford’s vibrant Spanish-speaking community.
WHAT’S NEW

Requests for Proposals (RFPs) are now available for management of the Café at the new Park Library (set to open in the Fall of 2020). A mandatory pre-proposal on-site meeting of interested operators will be held at Hartford Public Library, 500 Main Street, Hartford, CT 06103 on August 12, 2019 at 10:00 a.m., at which time questions concerning the RFP package will be addressed. A representative of each proposer’s firm is required to attend and sign in. Proposers who do not attend the pre-proposal conference will not be permitted to submit a proposal. To learn more, please go here.

The city of Hartford on Tuesday started development of a new $12.5 million library in the South End’s Frog Hollow neighborhood.

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Park Street Library Groundbreaking 7 (1)

READ GROUNDBREAKING PRESS RELEASE

On Tuesday, July 23, Hartford Public Library’s Chief Executive Officer Bridget Quinn-Carey, Hartford Public Library Board Chair Greg Davis and Hartford Public Library Board Secretary Ana Alfaro will be joined by Lt. Governor Susan Bysiewicz, State Senator John Fonfara, State Representative Minnie Gonzalez, Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin, CT State Librarian Kendall F. Wiggin, and Hartford Architect Tai Soo Kim, to celebrate the groundbreaking for the Library’s new Park Library, which will revitalize the corner of Broad and Park Streets in Hartford.

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The Connecticut State Library Board voted to approve Hartford Public Library’s construction grant for $1,000,000 at its November 23rd meeting. Funds will go towards the construction of the new Park Branch in the city’s Frog Hollow neighborhood.

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PROGRESS
  • Work begins on the new Park Library construction site. The construction fence is up and workers carefully remove the painted murals.
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August 2019

July 2019

May 2019

FAQ’S

The new Park Library will be located at the southeast corner of Park and Broad streets.

The new library will be approximately 13,000 square-feet and two-stories high. It will be the largest of Hartford Public Library’s seven community libraries. The current Park Street Library is only 2,000 square feet.