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The Library offers free public classes, programs, and exhibitions at its 7 locations throughout the city of Hartford. Below is a selection of upcoming events.

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February 2020 Adult Calendar

February 2020 Teen Calendar 

February 2020 Youth Calendar



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


A Warm Welcome @ HPL

December 30 - March 27, 2020 8:00 a.m.
Downtown Library, Monday through Friday

Beginning Dec. 30 and through March 27, the Downtown Library will provide a Warm Welcome to our morning customers. HPL will open at 8:00 a.m. with the following services: access to self-service options (printing, scanning, photo copying, and self-check out); a warm, quiet place to sit, read and connect to WiFi; and, access to library materials and resources with service providers and staff on hand to help. We open as a full-service library ‪as usual at 9:30 a.m. 

English Language Classes for Beginners

Tuesdays & Thursdays: 10 a.m.-12 p.m. 
Dwight Library

Registration is required. Patrons should stop in in December or early January to see Dani Scott, Branch Manager.


Celebration of Dominican Culture & History

Monday, February 24: 5-7 p.m.
Park Library

Learn about the history and culture of the Dominican Republic, and Dominicans who have migrated to the Unites States. Dominican Indepence Day is on February 27th, come and celebrate with music, food, and fun


How Should We Vote?
Perspectives on Electoral Reform

Thursday, February 27: 6-7:30pm
Downtown Library, Center for Contemporary Culture

Frustrated by our current voting system? Join us for a panel discussion and community conversation on efforts to change how voting and elections takes place in Hartford and Connecticut. Hear about increasing voter access through non-citizen voting and restoration of voting rights for people on parole, as well as changing the way we vote with a mutli-party system and ranked choice voting.

Moderated by Bilal Sekou (UHart Political Science), hear perspectives from panelists Oz Griebel (SAM CT), Charles Venator (UConn Political Science), James Jeter (Full Citizens Coalition to Unlock the Vote), Jonathan Perloe (Voter Choice CT), and Janet Bauer (Trinity College International Studies).


Resume Clinics

Monday, February 26: 10:30-11:30 a.m.
Park Library

Friday, February 28: 11 a.m.- 1 p.m.
Camp Field Library

A designated time to recieve resume assistance from making a resume, editing, enhacing, online posting, etc.


African American Literature Book Club

Monthly 1st Tuesdays
6-7:30 pm, Classroom 141, Downtown
  • Tuesday, March 3, 2020: The Street by Ann Petry; discussion facilitated by Dectora Jeffers.  
  • Tuesday, April 7, 2020: Such a Fun Age by Kiley Reid; discussion facilitated by Beth Pite.
  • Tuesday, May 5, 2020: Tempest Tales: A Novel-In-Stories by Walter Mosley; discussion facilitated by Renee Gary.
  • Tuesday, June 2, 2020: Sister Betty! God's Calling You! by Pat G'Orge-Walker; discussion facilitated by Pauline White.

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



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
To nominate a poet for discussion or volunteer to moderate, contact:
Christine Beck


Weekend Writing Consultations

Saturdays 12-4pm, 2/8 through 5/2 (closed on 3/21)
Room 23

All are welcome to speak with a UConn Hartford Writing Center Consultant one-on-one about whatever work you have. Creative, academic, or personal, we are here to help you with any questions and to provide feedback on your projects and drafts.

Contact the UConn Library desk at the Hartford Public Library (phone: (959) 200-3466) to reserve a time for yourself or drop in to see if someone can speak with you.

UConn Hartford Student Writing Consultants:

Kyle Archibald works with creative writing and enjoys getting the chance to work with writers of all kinds. He will be available to speak with writers every open Saturday this Spring 2020.



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

Opening Reception: Friday, March 13, 5:30pm
Artist Talk: Saturday, April 11, 11am

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

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 History Makers Exhibit at Dwight Library

Jan 23 - Feb 28, 2020
Dwight Library

Come see a selection of portraits of African-American changemakers from Hartford's history! Hartford area artists of all ages volunteered their time to create these portraits using photographs and bios sourced by the Hartford History Center at Hartford Public Library in this 2017 Black history month community project.

Lucy Cooper Summers (1920-1995)
Portrait by D. Rancine

From Civil Rights to Human Rights: African American, Puerto Rican, and West Indian Housing Struggles in Hartford Country, 1940-2019

On Display October 29, 2019 - February 1, 2020 
Hartford History Center, Glass Cases & Administrative Wall
3rd floor, Downtown Library

Hartford Public Library’s Hartford History Center, CT Humanities and the University of Connecticut present "From Civil Rights to Human Rights: African American, Puerto Rican, and West Indian Housing Struggles in Hartford County, 1940-2019," a new exhibit curated by historian Dr. Fiona Vernal (University of Connecticut).

The exhibit draws on oral histories, newspapers, and archival images to explore eight decades of migration, settlement, mobility, and housing access in the Greater Hartford region. It uncovers the relationship between racial discrimination, residential segregation and public housing while also exploring the lives, loves and families of those who made Hartford home. Photographs from Hartford History Center's Hartford Housing Authority and Hartford Times collections are part of the exhibition.


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.