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THIS WEEKEND: 40,000 FREE BOOKS & HPL SUMMER LEARNING KICK-OFF

THIS WEEKEND: 40,000 FREE BOOKS & HPL SUMMER LEARNING KICK-OFF

HARTFORD, CONN (June 7, 2018) –This Saturday, the City of Hartford’s Department of Families, Children, Youth & Recreation, in partnership with a number of community stakeholders, will be giving away 40,000 free books to Hartford children at Parker Memorial Community Center.  Also on Saturday, the Hartford Public Library will be launching its Summer Learning Program at its Kick-Off Celebration at the Downtown Library.

“We are thrilled that thanks to First Book and ESPN, Hartford families will begin the summer with 40,000 new books,” said Mayor Luke Bronin.  “Along with the Hartford Public Library’s Summer Learning Program, this incredibly generous donation will help encourage young people to keep reading and learning this summer – and it will help prevent the ‘summer slide,’ so that students don’t lose what they learned during the school year.  I want to thank the dozens of community partners who are taking part in the Summer Learning Kick-Off and engaging young people throughout the summer.”

The book giveaway will take place between 9 AM – 1 PM on Saturday, June 9th, 2018 at Parker Memorial Community Center, 2621 Main Street.  Families are invited to choose up to 10 free, new books for each child age 18 and under on a first-come, first-serve basis.  Children must be present to select books.  There will be activities, crafts, and special guest readers. 

The book giveaway is sponsored by First Book and ESPN, with additional event support from the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving, Catholic Charities, the Metropolitan District Commission.

“We are pleased to launch our Summer Learning Program in conjunction with the free book giveaway,” said Bridget Quinn-Carey, Chief Executive Officer of Hartford Public Library.  “Learning shouldn’t stop when school lets out and these efforts are providing kids the opportunity to feed and stimulate their minds throughout the critical summer months.  We are grateful that this innovative community collaboration came together to further serve Hartford children and their families year-round.”

The Summer Learning Program Kick-Off will take place between 12:30 PM - 3:00 PM on Saturday, June 9th, 2018 at the Downtown Library, 500 Main Street. The event will include local authors, a maker space offering a variety of activities, community booths, and tattoo and face painting booths. The band, Boogie Chillun’, will perform at 2:00 PM on the Library terrace.

Summer Learning passports will also be available at the kick-off event. Those who participate in the day’s activities and have their passports stamped will receive a free ice cream from Ice Cream for Dream.

Many community organizations are scheduled to attend the celebration including: the Connecticut Science Center; Village for Families and Children; Sexual Assault Crisis Service; Paws to Read; Regional School Choice Office; Community Solutions Inc.; Hartford Yard Goats; Hartford Stage; UConn Book Store; Jumoke Academy; Habitat for Humanity; NAACP Youth Council; Double Dutch League; Wadsworth Atheneum; Mount Olive Nurse Ministries; Trinity Health of New England; and, 4Unity.

Arch Street will be closed between Main Street and Prospect Street from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM for the event.

This year’s summer learning program in Hartford is about building a better world together. Marie Jarry, HPL Youth and Family Services Director, said, “Building a better world can sometimes mean taking care of ourselves, our communities, or the earth. This summer, learning is about getting out into Hartford to Read. Go. Do!”

Everyone who signs up for the Summer Learning Program will receive free Connecticut Suns tickets, available throughout the program from June 9 to August 24. Participants who join one of the Library’s clubs—Health, Hartford, STEM, Art, Nature, or Literature—and complete at least 5 club activities will also earn a free book (for those under 19) and a ticket to the August 24th Hartford Yard Goats game, the Summer Learning Program’s finale event. Six hundred Yard Goat tickets are available, and the event will include fireworks and a barbecue - first come, first served.

To learn more about Hartford Public Library’s Summer Learning Program, please visit summer.hplct.org.

ABOUT ESPN CORPORATE CITIZENSHIP
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ABOUT HARTFORD PUBLIC LIBRARY

As a finalist for the 2013 and 2014 National Medal from the Institute for Museum and Library Services, Hartford Public Library has been recognized as national leader in redefining the urban public library in the 21st century as an innovative and stimulating place that provides free resources that inspire reading, guide learning, and encourage individual exploration. We serve adults, children and families seeking early literacy opportunities, work skills training, civic engagement, arts enrichment, and so much more. Please visit www.hplct.org.

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LIME LAUNCHES BIKESHARE PILOT IN HARTFORD

LIME LAUNCHES BIKESHARE PILOT IN HARTFORD

HARTFORD, CONN (June 6, 2018) – Today Mayor Luke Bronin announced that Lime, a leading U.S. smart mobility company, is officially launching a bikeshare pilot program in Hartford.  Lime provides affordable, dock-free pedal bikes to cities and college campuses across the United States, and Hartford will be their first city in Connecticut.  Lime is coming to Hartford at no cost to the city.

“Bringing this bikeshare pilot program to Hartford is part of our overall effort to make Hartford a more accessible, bike-friendly city – and also a greener, more sustainable city,” said Mayor Bronin.  “LikeBikes will make it easy to get around Hartford quickly and conveniently, and I’m excited for Lime’s launch here in Hartford.”

Lime will be placing 300 of their bicycles throughout Hartford today and tomorrow, initially stationing them at hot spots they’ve identified across the city.  Residents can download the Lime app, pick up a bike, ride at a rate of $1 for every 30 minutes, and lock and leave the bike anywhere for someone else to pick up.  All LimeBikes are GPS and 3-G enabled, allowing riders to find nearby bikes using the app.  Watch a tutorial here.

“Lime will dramatically increase Hartford’s access to affordable, sustainable mobility,” said Darrin Rees, Lime’s Hartford Operations Manager. “As a Hartford resident for nearly 22 years, I have seen a lot of changes to the City over time, but I am extremely excited about this change that will have such a positive impact on the community. I look forward to continuing our work with the City and the local Lime team to ensure a successful and equitable program.”  

The Lime Access program, which includes a text-to-unlock feature and discounted rates, is available for residents without smartphones and who are enrolled in a state or federal assistance programs, like the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.  Lime Access members can purchase 100, 30-minute rides for just $5.  

In recent years, the City of Hartford has been a leader in regional efforts to improve bike infrastructure, bike policy and education, and affordable access to bikes.  In 2016, the City adopted an award-winning zoning code that required bicycle parking, commuter showers for large office buildings, and street profiles that incorporated bike lanes.  Later that year, the City Council adopted a Complete Streets policy, which enables and requires streets designed, operated, and maintained to ensure safe travel for users of all ages and abilities, whether they are walking, bicycling, driving, or taking transit.

Mayor Bronin has designated a Bicycle & Pedestrian Coordinator, who convenes a monthly Complete Streets Working Group, made up of City staff, regional officials, nonprofits, and private entities.  This group works with the City’s Office of Sustainability to achieve the transportation-related goals of Hartford’s Climate Action Plan, online at www.hartford.gov/climate.   For its efforts, Hartford has been named a Bike-Friendly Community by the League of American Bicyclists and has received state and federal funding for new bike trails, safety initiatives, and other programs.  

About Lime

Lime is revolutionizing mobility in cities and campuses by empowering residents with a greener, more efficient, and affordable transportation option that also improves urban sustainability. By partnering with local key stakeholders and systematically deploying a fleet of smart-bikes and scooters that are enabled with GPS, wireless technology, and self-activating locks, Lime will dramatically improve urban mobility by making the first and last mile faster, cheaper, and healthier for riders. Since launching in June 2017, the company has logged over million trips, expanded internationally to Europe, and deployed electric scooters, electric-assist bikes, and multiple models of their standard pedal bike. Funded by Silicon Valley's leading VC firm Andreessen Horowitz, Lime is based in San Mateo, CA. Learn more at limebike.com.

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MAYOR BRONIN, CHIEF ROSADO STATEMENTS ON STATUS OF INJURED OFFICER

MAYOR BRONIN, CHIEF ROSADO STATEMENTS ON STATUS OF INJURED OFFICER

HARTFORD, CONN (May 17, 2018) – This evening Mayor Luke Bronin and Police Chief David Rosado released the statements below on the status of the Hartford Police Officer injured this morning.

“We are relieved to report that the Hartford Police Officer injured this morning has come out of surgery and has been transferred to the Intensive Care Unit for recovery,” said Mayor Bronin.  “Her condition is critical but stable, and our entire community continues to pray for her and for her family as she begins her recovery.  From the moment after the attack this morning, police officers, dispatchers, first responders, civilians, and medical professionals worked together to quickly get our officer the care she needed.  Their extraordinary and heroic work is the reason she is alive, and on behalf of the City of Hartford I want to express our deep appreciation to each and every one of them.  I want to ask the media and public again to continue to respect the officer’s and her family’s privacy in the days ahead.  When there are further updates as to the officer’s status and the incident itself, we will provide them.”

“Today was a very difficult day for the Hartford Police Department and our thoughts and prayers continue to be with our officer and her family,” said Chief Rosado.  “But we also saw the courage, skill, and dedication of our officers and our public safety team in Hartford, from the dispatchers, to our officers, to first responders, and to the terrific doctors and staff at Hartford Hospital.  We should always remember the risks that members of law enforcement take every day on our behalf and be grateful to them.  I also want to recognize the two civilians who helped bring the altercation to a close – their instinctive heroism helped get our officer to the hospital as quickly as possible.”

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