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

Literature Chat

Wednesdays, August 8, & August 22, 2018, 6-7 pm
Barbour Library
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.

The Author's Table: Kenneth Passan

Saturday, August 25, 2018 2-4 pm
Downtown Library

Kenneth Passan’s first published novel, Stingers, is a marine thriller. A deadly creature menaces Florida’s beaches. What or who can stop it?

Once a fingerprint examiner for the FBI, Kenneth’s passion for sociology led him to several degrees and professions. His first book was non-fiction, Forensics and the Criminal Mind. Stop by to meet Kenneth and talk with him about his varied books.He will have books available to sign and sell.

African American Literature Book Club

Monthly 1st Tuesdays
6-7:30 pm, Ground Floor, Downtown
September 4th - Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

October 2nd - Another Country by James Baldwin
November 6th - Barracoon by Zora Neale Hurston

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.





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."