About

Friday, December 7, 2018

6:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Hartford Marriott Downtown

Ticket Levels: 
Individual Guest - $175
Individual Patron - $250
Full Guest Table - $1,750
Patron Table - $2,500
Book Sponsor - $5,000

For more information, contact Gilda Roncari, Director of Donor Relations, at (860) 695-6296 or groncari@hplct.org.


What is Beyond Words?

Beyond Words is Hartford Public Library’s annual signature fundraising event. The Library goes beyond words, every day, with diverse and transformative programs and services for our community.  All of our locations offer a welcoming, inspiring, and nurturing environment for people to learn, connect and engage… and all for free. We are truly a place like no other.

Honorary Chair: Joyce Mandell, Data-Mail/The Mandell-Braunstein Families

Presenting Sponsor: Data-Mail/The Mandell-Braunstein Families


2018 Featured Speaker: Jacqueline Woodson, author of Another Brooklyn

Jacqueline Woodson is the 2018-2019 National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature. She received the 2018 Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award and the 2018 Laura Ingalls Wilder Award, and is the 2014 National Book Award Winner for her New York Times bestselling memoir Brown Girl Dreaming, which was also a recipient of the Coretta Scott King Award, a Newbery Honor, the NAACP Image Award and a Sibert Honor. In 2015, Woodson was named the Young People’s Poet Laureate by the Poetry Foundation.

Her recent adult book, Another Brooklyn, was a National Book Award finalist. She is the author of more than two dozen award-winning books for young adults, middle graders and children; among her many accolades, she is a four-time Newbery Honor winner, a four-time National Book Award finalist, and a two-time Coretta Scott King Award winner. Her books include The Other SideEach Kindness, Caldecott Honor book Coming On Home Soon; Newbery Honor winners FeathersShow Way, and After Tupac and D Foster; and Miracle’s Boys, which received the LA Times Book Prize and the Coretta Scott King Award. Jacqueline is also the recipient of the Margaret A. Edwards Award for lifetime achievement for her contributions to young adult literature and the winner of the Jane Addams Children’s Book Award. She lives with her family in Brooklyn, New York.

“Jacqueline Woodson’s Another Brooklyn is another kind of book, another kind of beautiful, a lyrical, hallucinatory, heartbreaking, and powerful novel. Every gorgeous page leads to another revelation, another poignant event or memory. This is an incredible and memorable book.”
—Edwidge Danticat, author of Claire of the Sea Light

"Woodson brings the reader so close to her young characters that you can smell the bubble gum on their breath and feel their lips as they brush against your ear. This is both the triumph and challenge of this powerfully insightful novel."Tayari Jones, The New York Times

“A stunning achievement from one of the quietly great masters of our time.”Kirkus Review


The Caroline M. Hewins Medal

The Caroline M. Hewins Medal recognizes an individual who embraces the City of Hartford and its people, who breaks the mold and provides service of a revolutionary kind, who stretches the boundaries of a social or cultural institution with a humanistic approach to public service, and who shows strong guardianship of and advocacy for the basic right of equal access to information and opportunity.

Caroline Maria Hewins was a revolutionary librarian and advocate who helped establish the Hartford Public Library and significantly enlarge the very idea of what a public library could be in America. She came to Hartford at age 29 in 1875 to serve as librarian at the Young Men's Institute of Hartford, worked through its merger with Hartford Library Association four years later, then oversaw the institution's transition to a free public library serving all the city's citizens in 1892. She served as librarian until her passing in 1925, helping embody her belief that everyone should have access to libraries, books, and the gateway to learning and opportunity which they represent.


Why support Hartford Public Library?

It's summed up in our mission - to provide free resources that inspire reading, guide learning, and encourage individual exploration.

We are a place where more than 409,000 books, CDs, and DVDs circulate…  a place where 67,100 people come to attend free programs, including events such as Baby Grand Jazz… a place that last year saw over 850,000 visits.

Your support allows us to transform lives and communities because knowledge is empowering!

Daily, Hartford Public Library:

•    Connects people to information and connects people to people. We are a safe haven for kids when school is not in session, offering after school homework help, games, and book clubs. We offer classes and workshops that enable youth and adults to stay engaged in an ever-changing world.

•    Levels the playing field. We are a great democratic institution, serving people of every age, income level, location, ethnicity, or physical ability, while providing the full range of information resources needed to live, learn, govern, and work.

•    Is a place for community engagement and a stage for great minds to come together. The way our customers use the library is changing as fast as technology is changing society. We have rapidly become a main venue for creation and collaboration and personal fulfillment in the city of Hartford.

Thank you for supporting Beyond Words and Hartford Public Library.

For more information contact Gilda Roncari, Director of Donor Relations, 860.695.6296 or email groncari@hplct.org