Children show off the new eyeglasses they received at the Park Street Library @ the Lyric last month as part of a partnership between Hartford Public Library and the nonprofit Vision to Learn.

Children show off the new eyeglasses they received at the Park Street Library @ the Lyric last month as part of a partnership between Hartford Public Library and the nonprofit Vision to Learn.

Hartford Public Library is partnering with the nonprofit Vision to Learn to provide free eye exams and free eyeglasses to city youth this month at library locations across Hartford, just in time for the start of the school year.

The program is open to children ages 5 to 18. No insurance is necessary. Appointments are required and can be made by calling the library at 860-695-6300.

According to Vision to Learn, an estimated 40,000 children in Connecticut’s Alliance School Districts, a group that includes Hartford Public Schools, go to school each day without glasses needed to see a whiteboard, read a book or participate in class.

Once an appointment is made, the child and an accompanying adult will visit the library during their allotted time for a free eye exam conducted on site by Vision to Learn’s trained experts. Children who are in need of eyeglasses will be provided with a pair free of charge.

Vision to Learn visited two Hartford Public Library locations earlier this summer, providing dozens of children with eyeglasses.

The schedule for Vision to Learn’s August visits is as follows:

August 15
Dwight Library
7 New Park Ave.

August 16
Barbour Library
261 Barbour St.

August 17
Albany Library
1250 Albany Ave.

August 22
Camp Field Library
30 Campfield Ave.

August 23
Park Street Library @ the Lyric
603 Park St.

August 24
Downtown Library
500 Main St.

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