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



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


    Hartford Public Library brings its innovative and exciting adult programming, 
     featuring local presenters, online! Every day at 10:00am starting next week
      HPL will give you videos on its 
Facebook page and YouTube channel that
                                                   will enlighten and inform you. 



Letter Style 

with Lindaluz Carrillo

Monday, April 6th 2020


Join Hartford artist Lindaluz Carrillo for a letter style workshop where we will learn how to draw the alphabet in a unique style. All you need is a pencil, paper and markers, and a ruler is optional.




Hartford's L.I.T. Reading

Tuesday, April 7th 2020

Listen to a reading from a member of Hartford’s L.I.T. (Literary Integrated Trailblazers), a group of local authors, artists, and entrepreneurs whose mission is to establish presence and awareness of Greater Hartford’s local authors, diverse artists and entrepreneurs to revitalize literary arts and communication. 





Family Fit Time
with Anne Marie Williams "Jedda"
Wednesday, April 8th 2020


Tune into Family Fit Time with Jedda! It will be an exploration of movement through Tai Chi postures which connects to animals and nature; while incorporating breathing techniques, visualization, stretching, calisthenics and guided meditation leading us towards an inner mindfulness of fitness that encourages self care. Comfortable clothes required.





Seed Starting

with Sarah Rose

Thursday, April 9th 2020


Learn the basics of starting your seeds with Hartford gardener Sarah Rose - what you'll need, which plants to start indoors, which to direct seed, and how to start growing with what you've got no matter the location: (in-ground community garden plot, yard, porch, sunroom). You gotta grow it! 









with Ed Fast

Friday, April 10th 2020

Join local musician Ed Fast for an introduction to afro cuban percussion with a focus on the conga drum, or "tumbadora". Topics addressed include drum construction/material, sizes, names, tone production, rhythmic pattern or "grooves". Also included is a section on obtaining and practicing on your own practice conga.





Hartford's L.I.T.'s 2nd Annual Hartford Book Festival

Day One: The Writer’s Conference
May 29, 2020, 10:00am – 2:00pm
The FREE CENTER, 460 New Britain Avenue, Hartford, CT

Day Two: The Second Annual Hartford Book Festival
May 30, 2020, 10:00am – 4:00pm
Hartford Public Library, 500 Main Street, Hartford, CT

Day Three: Poetical Musings
May 31, 2020, 4:00pm – 8:00pm
The FREE CENTER, 460 New Britain Avenue, Hartford, CT

Hartford's L.I.T. (Literary Integrated Trailblazers) presents a three day festival featuring local authors, poets, publishers, puppeteers, bookstores,vendors, workshops, open mic, literary organizations, and free book giveways!

Hartford’s L.I.T. is a group of local authors, artists, and entrepreneurs. Their mission is to establish presence and awareness of Greater Hartford’s local authors, diverse artists and entrepreneurs to revitalize literary arts and communication. H.L.I.T. focuses on literacy, literary productions, entrepreneurial building and networking within Hartford communities, including the underserved and non-traditional communities.  

For inquiry about Hartford’s L.I.T.:



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

Artist Talk: Saturday, April 11, 11am

Exhibit runs March 13 - April 26, 2020
ArtWalk, Downtown Library

POSTPONED: Opening Reception: Friday, March 13 - new date to be announced

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

March 2020
Selections Across Library Branches
(Full Exhibit: Hartford History Center, Downtown Library)

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.