Hartford Public Library, Dwight Branch

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7 New Park Ave.
Hartford, CT 06106 860-695-7460

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Monday: 12:30pm - 05:30pm Tuesday: 12:30pm - 05:30pm Wednesday: 12:30pm - 07:30pm Thursday: 12:30pm - 05:30pm Friday: 12:30pm - 05:00pm Saturday: Closed Sunday: Closed

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The Dwight Branch regularly holds story times for the following local daycare groups: Trinity Child Care Center, multiple classrooms at CRT on Grace Street, Our Lady of Fatima Daycare, and Parkville Daycare.  Dwight staff has participated in read-alouds at the Parkville Elementary School and also attends first day of school activities. Once a month, members of the Parkville Senior Center gather for a book discussion group. Dwight staff regularly gives orientation sessions to ESOL classes from Literacy Volunteers. The branch works closely with the Parkville Senior Center, Parkville Revitalization Association, Parkville Community Association, Parkville Problem Solving Committee, Parkville Business Association, Real Art Ways, and the Parkville Community Organizer.


Parkvilles community organizations have been working on several projects that will affect the neighborhood, presuming funding becomes available. The I-84 Bus-way, planned to run from New Britain to Hartford, will have two bus depots in the neighborhood. One of the bus depots will be located at the corner of Park Street and Francis Avenue; the second will be at the Stop and Shop Supermarket. Some of the streetscape improvements recommended by the Picture It Better Together Committee of the Parkville Revitalization Association have been completed in 2009: plantings, proposed drop-off site at Parkville Elementary School, and clearly demarcated crosswalks.


The potential for a Parkville Family Center funded by the Hartford Foundation for Public Givings Brighter Futures Initiative would result in a place for families to get parental support, engage in parent/child activities, and learn how to better participate in their community.


According to the interim findings from the Parkville Economic Opportunities Report, stakeholders in the neighborhood cited the following specific needs as critical: improve streetscape with curbs, sidewalks, and landscaping; increase parking for both Park Street and Bartholomew Avenue; support redevelopment of Bartholomew Avenue for commercial/industrial reuse and expansion; establish stronger and better identity for Parkville and the business corridor; improve gateways into Parkville; strengthen marketing/merchandising efforts of businesses; increase public transportation options and hours to better serve the community; improve traffic congestion around Parkville Elementary School; remove blight and reuse abandoned or deteriorated buildings; promote home ownership in the neighborhood to provide for increased stabilization; and strengthen dialogue and communication with city and other neighborhood organizations as a means of securing resources for on-going development.


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