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Programs & Exhibitions

The Library offers free public classes, programs, and exhibitions at its 10 locations throughout the city of Hartford. Below is a selection of upcoming events.



Find Your Way Online

Find Your Way to the Extraordinary! “How to Find Books and Articles in the Catalog, on the Shelf and Online”

Date: 4th Tuesday of the month 5:30pm-6:30pm
Location: Hartford History Center

Calling all researchers, students or just the plain curious! Want to improve your ability to locate and use the vast resources that Hartford Public Library offers? Join us in the Hartford History Center on the 4th Tuesday of every month for free informational sessions on how to find a book in the library catalog and on the shelf, as well as and how to find an article in our electronic databases. No materials required.


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Beyond the Podium Conversation Series

Date: August 3, 12:00 noon
Location: Downtown Library, Hartford History Center, 3rd floor

Join Hartford Public Library and the Connecticut Science Center for a lunchtime conversation exploring how we use social media….. and how it uses us.

“Social Media’s Complex Role in Our Lives” will begin at 12:00 noon and will be led by Anne Oeldorf-Hirsch, Assistant Professor from the Department of Communication at the University of Connecticut.

Bring a lunch and join the conversation!


Heart City

Heart City Story Club

Date: August 12, 6:00 p.m.- 8:00 p.m.
Location: Downtown Library

Join the HCSC for a monthly open mic night for telling true, personal stories live, on stage, and without notes. All are welcome to bring their stories and get up in front of the mic!


World of Sounds

World of Sounds Concerts

Date: August 4 and 20
Location: Downtown Library, Albany and Dwight Branches

Experience international music at three Hartford Public Library locations featuring reggae, Latin jazz, Hindustani, Peruvian music and Afro-Caribbean styles. The World of Sounds concert series begins June 20 at the Downtown Library. Upcoming concerts will be held at the Downtown Library, and at the Albany and Dwight Branches. Visit our events calendar for a detailed list of concert information.
Experience international music at three Library locations during the fifth annual World of Sounds summer series. Musical performances represent the diversity of cultures and ethnicities that exist in our city's neighborhoods. The series is funded by The Evelyn W. Preston Memorial Trust Fund.

Tuesday, August 4, 6:00 p.m.
Anthem Reggae Band
This performance is part of the Upper Albany neighborhood calendar for the 2015 Annual National Night Out, a unique crime/drug prevention event.

Thursday, August 20, 6:00 p.m.
Smoke and Mirrors Trio

Dwight Branch Concerts
Wednesday, July 29, 6:00 p.m.

Goza Latina Band

Wednesday, August 5, 6:00 p.m.
Negrura Peruana - Peruvian sounds


Global Lens Film

Global Lens Film Series 2015 Schedule

Date: Wednesdays at 6:00pm & Saturdays at 1:00pm
June 24 - August 26

Location: Downtown Library, Center for Contemporary Culture

“Ninah’s Dowry”—(Cameroon)—July 29 & August 1—A headstrong woman leaves her village and resists her husband’s attempt to reclaim his rights of dowry after she becomes pregnant with another man’s baby.

“K & Ali”—(Turkey)—August 5 & August 8—A friendship between an aging collector and his doorman leads to an unusual exploration of class and privilege in modern Istanbul.

“Voice of My Father”—(Turkey)—August 12 & August 15—As Neyzel, an expectant father, prepares for the birth of his child, he gradually begins to excavate memories of his childhood through audio-taped “letters” that his father sent home while working overseas—but that his mother insists do not exist.

“The Pardon”—(Rwanda)—August 19 & August 22—After being imprisoned for the killing of ethnic Tutsis during the Rwandan genocide, Mansi must face the emotional and psychological consequences of his most personal crime: the murder of his best friend’s family.

“Excuse My French”—(Egypt)—August 26 & August 29—Twelve year-old Hany tries to fit in at his new governmental school after his father drops dead, leaving his mother in debt and unable to continue to afford his private education. Not only is Hany clearly from a more privileged background than the working class boys in his new class, but he is also the only Christian in a room full of Muslims.

(Some films may contain graphic content—viewer discretion is advised.)


Salsa Social

Salsa Socials

Date: Every Third Tuesday, 6:00 p.m.
Location: Downtown Library Atrium

Salsa socials are back at HPL! Join us for an open session welcoming dancers of all levels, free of charge! No partner or experience needed. Dancing and teaching for over twenty years, Rey Bermudez will share his passion for salsa at these open dance sessions.


If you require special accommodations for participation, please call 860-695-6320 two weeks prior to the event.



David Hayes Exhibit

Large and Small: The Sculptures of David Hayes

Date: On display June 5 – August 7
Location: ArtWalk, Downtown Library

In a career that spanned six decades, Connecticut modern master sculptor David Hayes worked with cutting torches and arc welders to create art that has been exhibited all over the world. HPL is home to Hayes' six ton, seventeen foot "Large Vertical Motif" steel and paint structure that stands prominently on Main Street. His son, David A. Hayes, presents his father's artistic legacy with select works of a smaller scale during this exhibit.


Poets on poetry

ArtSpeaks--Paper Mosaic Portraitures by Hartford’s Grace Academy 7th and 8th Grade Students

Date: On display through August 1
Location: Downtown Library, 3rd floor

The black-and-white paper mosaic self-portrait project was designed for hands-on learning and the opportunity to have Grace Academy’s seventh and eighth grade students’ works of art on display in a professional artistic environment. This exercise was the culmination of a set of hands-on experiences in local museums, enhancing how art speaks to each of the academic areas of History, Math, Science and Language Arts.



Weaving with Hand-Dyed Fiber

Date: On display through August 10
Location: Downtown Library, 3rd Floor

The Hartford Artisans Weaving Center has assembled another stunning display of hand-dyed fiber art. The Weaving Center encourages people with low or no vision and those 55 and older to develop their skills and interest in weaving original and beautiful handwoven items. Scarves, throws, wall hangings and other original pieces are for sale and the proceeds help to support the operations of the Center.

Visit for more information on the Hartford Artisans Weaving Center.


Yellow Flower

Garden Club of Hartford/Keney Park Design Contest Exhibit

Date: On display through August 15
Location: Downtown Library

The Garden Club of Hartford, in partnership with the City of Hartford, recently issued a design challenge to area landscape architecture and design students: create more beautiful and welcoming entrances to Hartford’s Keney Park. The results are now in and the prizewinning entries will be on display at the Downtown Library from May 1st until August 15th in the Hartford History Center, 3rd floor.



ArtWalk at Hartford Public Library offers one of the largest and most stunning exhibition spaces in greater Hartford and the opportunity for Hartford residents and others to view art in a magnificent setting in our city.