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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.

For a listing of events in our Center for Contemporary Culture, please click here.


One Book

One Book, One Hartford

This year, One Book, One Hartford celebrates the graphic novel with a season full of citywide events. Visit your branch for great title suggestions to get reading!
Superman comic

Design Your Own Comic

Date: Tuesday, December 16, 2014, 5:30 p.m
Location: Dwight Branch

Learn how to create characters, panels and a story arc for your own comic.



Hartford Skyline

“Hartford & Beyond” Exhibit Four Decades of Buildings, Boats and Bridges

Date: On display through December 15, 2014
Location: Downtown Library, 2nd Floor gallery

Hartford artist Chuck Paprzyca tells the story of the changes (and constants) in our local environment and throughout New England with “Hartford and Beyond: Four Decades of Buildings, Boats and Bridges.” An exhibit in the style of the late artist Richard Welling, the pen & ink drawings present stunning detail of area landmarks and celebrate the beauty of Connecticut buildings and other New England treasures. To learn more about Richard Welling, please visit our 3rd floor Hartford History Center. Art enthusiasts can meet Chuck Paprzyca at a light reception on Saturday, November 15 from 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.



Romare Bearden

Art, History and Social Activism: CtFAC Honors Romare Bearden

Date: On display December 17, 2014-March 13, 2015
Location: Downtown Library 3rd Floor Gallery

In honor of the recent arrival of two spectacular Romare Bearden murals at Hartford Public Library, The Connecticut Fiber Arts Collective (CtFAC) presents a special exhibit that pays homage to the stylistic works of Bearden, his commitment to civil rights and his contributions to the African-American jazz and art communities. CtFAC has created a collection of works in textiles, fiber, mixed media and surface design celebrating and recognizing one of the greatest visual artists of the 20th century.

A special reception to meet the artists of CtFAC will be held on January 17, 2015, 1:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m. in the 3rd floor Hartford History Center. This event is free and open to the public.


Music Sheet

Lunch at the Library! Hartford Symphony Orchestra presents Musical Dialogues

Date: Wednesday, December 17, 12:00 noon -1 p.m.
Location: Downtown Library

Bring your lunch and enjoy an hour of beautiful live music! The Hartford Symphony Jazz Ensemble will perform a program of holiday favorites in our Downtown Atrium. Musical Dialogues is a unique series of free concerts which not only presents music performed by Hartford Symphony Orchestra musicians, but also provides audience members an opportunity to engage in dialogue with the musicians. Free and open to the public. Sponsored by Travelers.


Music Sheet

First Night Hartford at HPL!

Date: Wednesday, December 31, 2014, 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Location: Downtown Library Atrium

Join us and ring in the New Year with First Night Hartford! Our Downtown Atrium will be alive with family fun. Master Storyteller Andre Keitt will present “Warm Stories to Chase the Chills Away,” and aerial acrobat Robin Lynch will entertain from high above, performing acrobatic tricks 25 feet in the air! Presented in partnership with First Night Hartford:


Bound to Mountain

“Bound to Maintain Them”: Prisoners of War and Humane Captivity in the German Empire, 1916-1917

Date: On display January 8 – March 31, 2015
Location: Hartford History Center, Downtown Library

Hartford History Center at Hartford Public Library and The Watkinson Library at Trinity College present this unique perspective on the organization and operation of prisoner of war camps in Germany during the Great War. On display January 8 -March 31, 2015 at the Hartford History Center, Hartford Public Library, 500 Main Street, 3rd floor.


Doc Hurley

“Hunger in America” Film Screening

Date: Tuesday, January 20, 2015
Location: Center for Contemporary Culture, Downtown Library

Join us for a screening of "Hunger in America" the acclaimed film documenting the lives of 50 million Americans who go to bed hungry every night. A discussion on food scarcity and hunger will follow the film. Presented in partnership with City of Hartford, Hartford Food System and Foodshare.


Doc Hurley

“Finding Dad” Author Talk with Kara Sundlun

Date: Wednesday, January 14, 2015
Location: Center for Contemporary Culture, Downtown Library

Emmy-award winning journalist, Channel 3 co-host and news anchor Kara Sundlun will discuss her newly-released book detailing her life growing up fatherless and building a relationship with her father, a legendary war hero and two-term governor, when she was a young woman. Thea Montanez will moderate the discussion and facilitate audience Q & A. Books will be available for purchase and signing.


Doc Hurley

The Making of a Legend: The Life and Times of Walter J. “Doc” Hurley Book Launch

Date: Wednesday, January 28, 2015 , 5:30 p.m.
Location: Hartford History Center

A new book on the life and legacy of legendary Hartford coach Walter "Doc" Hurley will be celebrated at our Hartford History Center with a special reception honoring book author Charles A. Teale, Sr., a former chief of the Hartford Fire Department. Free and open to all. Books will be available for purchase and signing.



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.



The Center for Contemporary Culture hosts lectures, readings, musical performances and other events for people of all ages.