In Honor of National Library Week


In honor of National Library Week, we thought we’d highlight some of the ways that your local public library can help you pass the time while in quarantine. Beyond the obvious e-books that are available, public libraries often offer access to a number of databases that can deliver on that quarantine hobby you never knew you needed, but are now desperate for. Whether you want to learn how to bake, do yoga, or speak Spanish, now that you’ve got a little extra time on your hands, your local library can make it happen. Below are a few select databases that you can access with a Hartford Public Library card:


Creativebug: Craft Classes and Workshops - Learn how to paint, knit, crochet, sew, screen print, and more! Not only are step-by-step videos available, so are downloadable patterns, templates and recipes. Create your own account and start crafting today.


Universal Class - Over 500 courses ranging from basic math to cooking to personal development that you can take at any time without having to wait for sessions to start or end. Once in a course, you will watch engaging videos and receive feedback from friendly instructors. When you complete a course, Universal Class offers Continuing Education Unit (CEU) certificates to document your achievement.


Learn It Live: Wellness and Personal Development - Find and interact with experts and teachers in live online and on-demand classes. Discover hundreds of expert-led programs covering topics on cooking, nutrition, child care, financial wellness, fitness, yoga, mindfulness, stress reduction, and much more!


Pronunciator a free way to learn any of 80 languages with self-directed lessons, live teachers, movies, music, and more. Learn online, and get the app for your mobile device!


If any of these have caught your eye, you are in luck, because the Hartford Public Library is still accepting and processing online applications for new cards at: And everyone should be eligible, whether as an out-of-state student at UConn Law or through acceptance of your local library card if from Connecticut. If you are from another town, don’t forget to see what else your town’s library might have to offer. Sign up today and get started on a new you, courtesy of your local public library. Happy library week!


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Adam Mackie
Reference Librarian,UConn Law

Adam provides reference and research assistance to library patrons, presents formal and informal research instruction in law school courses, and develops research materials in a variety of formats.  Prior to the library, Adam worked as a legislative attorney at the Hawaii state capitol and served as a law clerk for the third circuit court located in Hilo.  He received his J.D. and M.L.I.Sc. from the University of Hawaii and earned an LL.M. in International Business and Economic Law from Kyushu University in Japan.