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Due to COVID19 concerns, HPL will be offering virtual programming. Below is a selection of upcoming programs.


November 2020 Youth and Family Programming

November 2020 Teen Programming

November 2020 Adult Programming



To submit a public program or exhibition proposal, click here.


Journaling Journey Series: Coping Through the Fear of the Unknown

Journaling through the Heaviness 

Today we walk through a journaling activity to help ground us in the valley of heaviness. It ebbs and flows and yet, your own words and images are here to guide you back, get centered and remember. 


Date: Every Friday through December 2020
Start date: Friday, November 6th  

Time: 10:00 AM

Virtual: Faceboook

Image for the pre-summit book club signup.  Picturing the two books that will be read and discussed.


Parenting Strategies Information Session

PECES Parenting strategies informational session with Elina, an expert on Parenting. The idea is to promote, and enroll participants for a virtual workshop series in January 2021. This program is fully in Spanish.


Date: Wednesday, December 9th

Time: 3:00 pm

Virtual: Via Zoom


To register, please call: 860-695-7502 or email

Parenting for a Change: Raising a Violence-Free Child – HAWC


Women’s Empowerment Group 

The Women Empowerment Group was formed to create a safe space and enjoyable enviorment where women could feel appreciated, and free to share their ideas and dreams. Together we can learn more, and explore new horizons and obtain expereinces that can help with personal growth (Maria Ortiz, Hispanic Health Council).


El grupo de empoderamiento de las mujeres se formo para crear un entorno seguro y agradable donde las mujeres pudieran sentirse apreciadas y libres para compartir sus ideas y suenos. Juntos podemos aprender mas, explorar nevos horizontes y obtener experiencias que puedan ayudar con el crecimiento personal (Maria Ortiz, Hispanic Health Council).


Date: Thursdays, December 3rd,10th &17th 

Time: 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Virtual: Via Zoom


To register, please call: 860-695-7502 or email

U.S. Embassy Prague Announces 3nd Annual Women's Empowerment Grant | U.S.  Embassy in The Czech Republic


Add a Little Peppermint to Brighten Your Holiday!

Join us for a virtual program on how to create your very own DIY Peppermint Body Scrub that will leave your skin feeling INCREDIBLY soft, smooth, and silky (ooh la la). Get ready to pamper yourself or make it as a gift! Registration/Participation is required to get your take and make a bag full with all the ingredients and your name in a raffle to win a delightful SURPRISE!!!

Registration is required, space is limited.


Date: Monday, December 7th

Time: 2:00 pm

Virtual: Via Zoom


To register, click here

U.S. Embassy Prague Announces 3nd Annual Women's Empowerment Grant | U.S.  Embassy in The Czech Republic


Intermediate Crochet Hat 

If you already know the basics of crochet and want to learn how to make this simple, yet interesting hat, join us! Session 1 will be learning the basic pattern and design. Session 2 will be for questions, finishing techniques and other pattern ideas. Supplies will be provided for contact free pickup after registration is approved. Space is limited!



Date: Tuesday, December 10th &17th 

Time: 2:00 pm

Virtual: Via Zoom


To register, click here

Crochet Stock Vector Illustration And Royalty Free Crochet Clipart


Celebrate National Cupcake Day 

Join a virtual celebration of National Cupcake Day! Learn some brief history and fun facts about this popular dessert, along with some decorating tips for making your own creations. Cupcake decorating supplies will be provided, by appointment, through contact-free pickup. Registration required, class size is limited.



Date: Tuesday, December 15th

Time: 2:00 pm

Virtual: Via Zoom


To register, click here

Happy Cupcake Day, Everyone!Whether you like them gluten-free or full of  sugar, these cupcakes are calorie free, so enj… | Cupcake day, Floral  education, Just smile


Taste of Dominican Republic 

Special guest, Claudia, mixologist will showcase traditional beverages from the Dominican Republic.



Date: Friday, December 18th

Time: 3:00 pm

Virtual: Via Zoom


To register, please call: 860-695-7502 or email

Other Places Dominican Republic: La Comida Dominicana: Non-Alcoholic Drinks


CT Paid Leave: Understanding the CT Paid Leave Program 

CT Paid Leave will impact businesses of all sizes, as well as their employees. Join this webinar to understand which employers must participate, who will be eligible for paid leave, and the resources available to support implementation. The webinar content will be recorded.

All session will be held virtually, via Zoom.

Dates & Times: 

Wednesday, December 9th: 11:00 AM- 12:00 PM

To register for this session, click here

Monday, December 14th: 5:00 PM- 6:00 PM

To register for this session, click here

Monday, December 28th: 1:00 PM- 2:00 PM

To register for this session, click here

Wednesday, January 6th: 8:00 AM- 9:00 PM

To register for this session, click here 

CT Paid Leave Authority (PFMLA)| Home | Official Site


Book Clubs 

"Reading material for the homies."

Hartford Public Library is a chapter of Noname's Book Club, an online/irl community dedicated to uplifting POC voices. They do this by highlighting two books each month written by authors of color. From cult classics to the words of emergent authors, Noname’s Book Club highlights books that speak on human conditions in critical and original ways. In addition to social media presence have free virtual meet ups to discuss the monthly picks in a safe and supportive environment. Click here for more information on Noname's Book Club.


*If you have incarcerated friends/family who would be interested in reading along with us email their information to and they will send them the books.


Join Noname's Digital Nationwide Monthly Meet Up

Next Zoom session will be at the end of December 2020, date TBD— check back in for more event registration details


Noname's December Pick:

December Session Meet: 

Date TBD: Via Zoom

For a list of all of Noname's book picks, click here.


Hartord Reads in Color 

Hartford Reads in Color is a book club committed to delving into the narratives and rich diverse voices of communities of color. From the intellectually astute, to the uncouth and wretched, we are reading with no limits. Focused on shedding light on literature across the diaspora while also educating the community of the various authors and stories that sound and look like them.
This group meets every last Sunday of the month. Registration is required. Seating is limited. To register, click here
December Pick:

Cover ArtLovecraft Country By Matt Ruff

December Session Meet: TBD Check back for details


The Awakening Book Club 

We understand the need for a safe and open space for young adults, ages 13-25, to connect around a good book. Join us for a much needed conversation about past and present racial injustices through a discussion of Alexander's book, The New Jim Crow. Not an avid reader? Come and hear what others have to say about this important dialogue. This series consists of biweekly discussions of a book of the month, which addresses and actively fights systemic racism on topics such as medical negligence towards Black people and mass incarceration. 
Please register for the book club so we can save you a seat!
December Pick:

Cover ArtThe Mis-Education of the Negro By Carter Woodson
December Session Meets: 

Session 1: December 10th
Session 2: December 29th
6pm via zoom
Zoom instruction sent following registration 
For a list of all book picks, click here.

Deep Appreciation Book Club 

Hartford Public Library and Hartford Stage invite the community to a new book club, called “Deep Appreciation,” a heart-led gathering featuring live readings, interactive dialogue and reflections on fiction and poetry by Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) authors, past and present. The book club will meet quarterly to discuss the selection with teens and adults, as well as provide a family friendly book pairing for those who wish to continue the conversation at home. Everyone is welcome. Book club meets quartly, check back for updates!

African American Literature Book Club 

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.

October Pick: 

Cover ArtCitizen: by Claudia Rankine

Claudia Rankine's bold new book recounts mounting racial aggressions in ongoing encounters in twenty-first-century daily life and in the media. Some of these encounters are slights, seeming slips of the tongue, and some are intentional offensives in the classroom, at the supermarket, at home, on the tennis court with Serena Williams and the soccer field with Zinedine Zidane, online, on TV-everywhere, all the time. The accumulative stresses come to bear on a person's ability to speak, perform, and stay alive. Our addressability is tied to the state of our belonging, Rankine argues, as are our assumptions and expectations of citizenship.



October Session Meet: 

October 27th, 7:00PM Via Zoom

Please RSVP to Carolyn Korber at


Virtual Program Library

Browse our past online programs and click the links to watch videos!

To browse our past virtual Art Inside programs, click here

To browse our past virtual Reads From the Hart programs, click here

To browse our past virtual Wellness Wednesdays programs, click here

To browse our past virtual Home Hacks programs, click here

To browse our past virtual Friday Jams programs, click here

To browse our past virtual local business spotlight programs, click here

Small Business Spotlight (2)




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.


Lost in Color
Erik Williams, Black Frame Vision

UPDATE: Exhibit runs through July 6, 2020
ArtWalk, Downtown Library

Watch Virtual Exhibit HERE
Virtual Artist Talk on @HPLCT Instagram Live:
Watch Recorded Interview HERE

Erik Williams is a street photographer and also the owner of Black Frame Vision, a street photography brand based in Connecticut. He fell in love with this style of photography because of its rawness and the opportunity it creates to capture honest moments. It allows him to connect with people from all walks and to share their stories candidly through the lens of his camera.

"I use my photography to catch a glimpse of what I see, in order to share it with others. I look for the beauty in any and everything that most overlook.

My choice of subject is anything organically appealing to my eye, whether it's a kid sleeping on the city bus or a reflection of a building from a puddle. I enjoy using natural light, shadows, contrast and clarity as a way to communicate the essence of what I see. I'm drawn to people that radiate energy and great character, because that's all that truly matters. I am inspired by their stories."

Hartford Women: Leading the Way

Online exhibit available HERE!

Actresses, award-winners, broadcasters, business women, politicians, soldiers, students, and truck drivers; all Hartford women who broke barriers and paved the way for other women.

In celebration of Women’s History Month this March, enjoy a selection of photographs of extraordinary Hartford women from the Hartford Times collection housed in the Hartford History Center at Hartford Public Library.

Ella Brown, Hartford Times photograph by Morton J. Boardman
January 23, 1962


New Banner at Downtown Library

A banner was recently installed on the northwest corner of Hartford Public Library, 500 Main Street. The banner depicts various library activities.


When Ramiro Louisa returned to Hartford from the Netherlands, one of the first place he brought his daughter, Delyani, was the Hartford Public Library’s Children’s Department.


On Wednesday, May 15, Connecticut Ballet came to Hartford Public Library to present a free preview of “Old, New, Borrowed and Blue, an incredibly beautiful show it performed later in the week at The Bushnell. Shown here are Connecticut Ballet dancers are Stephen Diaz and Claire Mazza, performing ‘In The Shadow of Women’ by Marden Ramos.


Each library in the HPL system tailors its programming to reflect the population it serves. The Downtown Library’s Children’s Department is very popular with Indian-Americans who live in the surrounding area. Each year, the department celebrates both Diwali in the fall and Holi in the spring. Yogitha Sarjay is shown making a decoration for Diwali, also known as the Festival of Lights.