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.
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.
Hartford Public Library is pleased to provide a second mandatory pre-proposal conference for the cafe at the new Park Library, set to open in the fall of 2020. The mandatory pre-proposal conference will be held at the current Park Library, 744 Park Street, on August 29th, 2019 at 9:00 am. Any individuals or entities who wish to submit a proposal must attend this meeting. The last day to submit a proposal is September 20th, 2019 at 12 noon.To learn more, please go here.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Both buildings will be demolished.
Late July 2019