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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.

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Faces & Places Collage Workshop with Master Artist Andres Chaparro

Tuesdays, June 12 – July 17, 10am – 12pm

Register now for Hartford Public Library’s new collage workshop “Faces & Places,” led by community artist Andres Chaparro. Workshops will take place at the Albany Branch on Tuesdays from June 12 – July 17, 2018, 10:00 a.m. – noon. The workshop series will celebrate Hartford history and Hartford artists past and present, using reproductions of materials from the library’s Hartford History Center collection. All workshop supplies and materials will be provided. 

Andres Chaparro is a mixed media painter and collagist whose bold and expressive art captures the essence of jazz music. 

REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED - Space is limited! Classes are progressive - please plan on attending all 6 workshops. Contact Sarah to register:; 860-695-6377. 

Workshops are part of the HPL series "Lifelong Learning for Older Adults: Classes in the Arts at Hartford Public Library." Classes are designed for adults ages 55+. Funding made possible through the generous support of the Ensworth Charitable Foundation, Bank of America, N.A., Trustee.

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Literature Chat

Wednesdays, July 18, August 8, & August 22, 2018, 6-7
Barbour Branch
Come to talk about a favorite book and/or an interesting article you read, and/or a favorite book to film adaptation you've watched. Also, learn and talk about The Great American Read, an eight-part series and nationwide competition that the Hartford Public Library is participating in. 
Light refreshments will be served.

Chicago Style Steppin Dance Class 

Mondays July 16, 23, 30, August 6, 6-7PM 
Atrium, Downtown Library

Open to beginners and all levels!  Come by for a Chicago Style Steppin Dance Class by the Hartford City Steppers. Taught by experienced instructors Princeton Hayes and Jannett Jennings.  This is a partnered dance class, but all are welcome to come as invdividuals, a couple, or a group.


Democratic Candidates for Governor & Lieutenant Governor Forum

Wednesday, July 18, 2018, 5-7PM
Center for Contemporary Culture, Downtown Library

Come meet, hear from, and ask questions of the candidates.  All candidates who will be on the August 14 Primary ballot have confirmed their attendance: 

Governor: Ned Lamont, Joe Ganim; Lt. Governor: Susan Bysiewicz, Eva Bermudez Zimmerman

Moderator:  Diane Smith, Emmy Award Winning Journalist

Hosted by The Hartford Votes~Hartford Vota Coalition

Light Refreshments & Meet the Candidates at 5:00 PM
Forum begins at 5:30 PM

Oh What a Move! A Discussion of Hartford's Basketball Legacy 1954-1984 

Thursday, August 9th, 5:30-7:30 pm
Center for Contemporary Culture, Downtown

Author talk and panel discussion featuring Hartford basketball greats profiled in the book "Oh What a Move! Profiles of Hartford Basketball Players 1954-1984."


African American Literature Book Club

Monthly 1st Tuesdays
6-7:30 pm, Ground Floor, Downtown

August 7th - The  Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson
September 4th - Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

The AAL Book Club is for anyone interested in reading and discussing African American literature, both fiction and nonfiction, as well as sharing information and learning about the African American experience.  It is an opportunity for us to get to know each other while we engage in lively and stimulating discussion of topics of interest to us all.

Please RSVP to Carolyn Korber at


Tuesdays 5-8PM, Thursdays 11AM-2PM
Downtown, Main Floor

Weekly games! Activities include board games, puzzles, arts and crafts, jumbo games, marble mazes, cards, and more!

ServSafe Food Handler Program

Every Monday and Wednesday in September 2018
Beginning September 10th; 5:30- 7:30 pm
Barbour Branch
Learn how to handle food safely, do an internship in a food service institution, and earn a certificate.
Must Register in advance. Please call (860) 695-6292.

UConn Writing Center

Room 23, Ground Floor
Noon to 4 pm
Every Saturday, Starting in September 2018

The Hartford UConn Writing Center is available to writers of any skill level working on any kind of project.  Visitors will receive an hour of one-on-one discussion about their project, their goals, and how their current material fits those plans. We are consultants who want to offer our experience as writers and readers to any who would like guidance, support, technical assistance, or anything else to do with growing as a writer. 

Please note the Center is on hiatus Summer 2018 until September.

Our Advisors:

Brianna McNish is a third-year Honors student at the University of Connecticut studying English with concentrations in Creative Writing and Teaching English. She is currently the fiction editor at Long River Review.
Jacob Horn is an Assistant Professor of English in Residence at the University of Connecticut. He has taught classes on academic writing and worked as a coordinator for creative writing groups and writers.



Monthly 2nd, 3rd, 4th Tuesdays
6-7:45 pm, Classroom 140
Main Floor, Downtown

Do you need help speaking in public?

Toastmasters International can teach you to give a speech that is organized, has vocal variety and is inspirational.  By regularly giving speeches, gaining feedback, leading teams and guiding others to achieve their goals in a supportive atmosphere, leaders emerge from the Toastmasters program. Every Toastmasters journey begins with a single speech. During their journey, they learn to tell their stories. They listen and answer. They plan and lead. They give feedback—and accept it. Through our community of learners, they find their path to leadership.

No registration necessary

Poets on Poetry Series

The Connecticut Poetry Society's monthly poetry book discussion is free and open to the public.
For further information, visit
o nominate a poet for discussion or volunteer to moderate, contact:
Christine Beck


Upcoming dates for 2018:

June 30, 2018: Billy Collins. Poet Maria Sassi will moderate.



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.


Linguistics Beheld
Adam Viens

May 18–July 17, 2018

Opening Reception: Friday, May 18, 5:30pm

Artist Talk with Gil Scullion: Tuesday, June 12, 5:30pm

“Linguistics Beheld” is an exhibition of new work that deals with that nature of language and the presence of visual language in art. I feel art brings matters of the intangible back into the physical domain. These works apply literary tools such as metaphor and allegory. Upon observation, one may find a truth each unique to them.

Special thanks to the Edward C. & Ann T. Roberts Foundation for its support of our 2017-2018 ArtWalk season.


Hartford Artisan Weaving Center:

On display July 16 - September 28, 2018
Meet the Weavers: Mon, August 13, 10:30am

This year, the Hartford Artisans Weaving Center presents BLOCK BY DESIGN. A block is a basic unit of design in weaving. The weaver is able to create beautiful patterns by using blocks of various sizes and textures. The block design is determined as the warp goes on the loom. Each different block requires a special threading. As the cloth is woven the weaver can select arrangements, combinations, and sizes of the blocks. More interest is added by the choices of color and texture of the yarns. Block weaves offer the artisans countless possibilities for dynamic designs.


Eight Months in the Life of Puerto Rico, Post Maria

May 23 - July 31

This photography exhibit is about Puerto Rico after hurricane Maria up to the present. It includes a variety of photographs taken by different photographers on the island.



Greater Hartford's West Indian Diaspora

June 7 - August 25, 2018
Hartford History Center, 3rd Floor
Downtown Library

In 2010, West Indians surpassed all other ethnic groups to become the largest population of foreign-born immigrants in Connecticut. This demographic trend was eight decades in the making, with the original kernel of this population arriving as invited guest workers in the Hartford region in the 1940s through mutual labor agreements between British West Indian colonies and the United States. This exhibit explores the rich tapestry of West Indian immigration narratives about belonging, cultural heritage, place-making, and identity-formation in Connecticut. Through oral histories and local community archives, the exhibit recounts stories that are at once personal and collective, universal and kaleidoscopic, revelatory yet still often unfamiliar to the general public.

This exhibition is curated and written by Dr. Fiona Vernal, Associate Professor of History and Africana Studies, University of Connecticut. Exhibition graphic design by Stephanie Orts. Presented by the West Indian Social Club of Hartford, Inc.UConn Humanities Institute -UCHI, and the Hartford History Center at Hartford Public Library.


Historical Hartford Views

on display through May 2018

“Historical Hartford Views” are acrylic landscapes painted by Hartford artist TR Colletta in 1980. Paintings were purchased by Howard Fromson and hung in his Rockville, CT company Anocoil. Presstek LLC purchased Anocoil in 2016 and donated the paintings to Hartford Public Library in the fall of 2017 under the guidance of Howard and Sandy Fromson.

Painting: State Street, Hartford 1920. 

Chief Teale's The Tools of Learning

Tutorials across library branches available upon request

Join Charles S. Teale, former Chief of the Hartford Fire Dept. to learn strategies on how to learn, understand, and remember information for academic and professional success. Program is for beginning to advanced readers 18+.. Register: jeagosto@hplct,org or 860-695-6367.

To view a video version of the presentations, watch them On Demand at Click "Playlists" and then find "Chief Teale's The Tools of Learning."