increase font size

Self Publishing
Events Calendar
Get a Library Card
Place a Hold or Renew
Reserve a Room
Donate Now
HPL E-News Signup
eBooks & Downloadable Media
Passport Services

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.

Jump to: Programs / Adult LearningExhibits

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

Dinner and a Story

Monday, November 27, 6:00 pm

Have your entire family join us for dinner and a story. Once a month Hartford Public Library will host a casual dinner followed by finger plays, music and a story.

Please sign up at the children’s department front desk if you will be attending. We hope to see you there!


First Annual Civic Ambassadors Summit

Saturday, December 2, 12-4:30 pm

Get the tools you need to create positive change in your community! Become part of the movement that is engaging residents across the state. Every voice counts-- we need yours!

Civic action leads to real socioeconomic benefits-- this summit can get you started, or help you be even more effective on the road to change.

Register at

This event is free but you must register at the link above! Lunch is included.


Hartford Open Mic Event 

Wednesdays, 6-7:30 pm

H.O.M.E  is a weekly open mic with a focus on poetry, promoting literacy, writing, community engagement, and ownership over words and experience, both collective and individual. Open to all. Hosted by performing poet and artist Zulynette Morales. Bring your best 3-5 minutes of material.  Quick writing workshop from 6 to 6:15 pm.

This program is a partnership among Hartford Public Library, UConn Library, and Zulynette Morales


UConn Writing Center

Noon - 4 pm
First Saturday of the month:
Saturday, November 4
Saturday, December 2

First come, first served: please sign up upon arrival for about an hour of attention. You bring your writing to us and we discuss it with you. Planning, drafting, or revising for academic, professional, creative, and personal work are all welcome.



Poets on Poetry Series

The Connecticut Poetry Society's monthly poetry book discussion is free and open to the public.


William Blake

Saturday, November 18, 10:15 am

William Blake (28 November 1757–12 August 1827) was an English poet, painter, and printmaker. Largely unrecognized during his lifetime, Blake is now considered a seminal figure in the history of the poetry and visual arts of the Romantic Age. Although Blake was considered mad by contemporaries for his idiosyncratic views, he is held in high regard by later critics for his expressiveness and creativity, and for the philosophical and mystical undercurrents within his work.

Upcoming dates for 2018:

January 27, 2018: Gertrude Stein
February 24, 2018: Wislawa Szymborska
March 31, 2018: Claudia Rankine
April 28, 2018: Frank O'Hara
May 26, 2018: Gerard Manley Hopkins
June 30, 2018: TBD

For further information, visit
o nominate a poet for discussion or volunteer to moderate, contact:
Christine Beck


The Author's Table

Hartford Public Library is pleased to offer the opportunity for local writers to showcase their latest publication and connect with library visitors. HPL will publicize your appearance and will make available your book in the circulating collection. Hartford authors will be given first consideration. Please contact 860.695.6320 for more information, or click here to submit.


Anointing Snatchers by Patricia Gibbs

Friday, November 24, 2-4 pm

This book is designed to help those that have been hurt Spiritually. 
Teaching others that you can bounce back with the help of God....


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.


The Memories Between, Women of Nobility
Afarin Rahmanifar

October 20–December 2, 2017
Opening reception: Friday, October 20, 6:00 pm

Afarin’s work reveals iconic female characters that have ties to both Eastern and Western cultures. She tells the stories of women and explores what it means to grow up in hybrid cultures. She deconstructs female figures in patterns, textures, and architectural elements using gold leaf, red sewing machine thread and animation to create layers.

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

When Hartford's Melting Pot Turned Brown:
The Puerto Ricanization of Frog Hollow

Photographs by Robert Pawlowski

September 15 – December 2017

From 1900 to approximately 1965, Hartford’s Frog Hollow neighborhood was a bustling industrial village, home to some of Hartford’s most famous manufacturers including Pratt and Whitney, Billings and Spencer and Pope Manufacturing. Because of its mix of ethnic factory workers including Irish, Swedes, Germans, English, Lithuanians, and French Canadians, it was often called Hartford’s “melting pot.” But by the 1960s, its major industries began to shut down leading to its decline. By 1975, when the first of these photographs were taken, the neighborhood had reached a low point. Between 1975 and 2000, the Frog Hollow Puerto Rican population grew from 10% to 72%. Pawlowski shows through photographs that the Puerto Ricanization of Frog Hollow brought a revitalized Park Street, rehabilitated housing, safer streets, political power, and cultural exposure.


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."

Citizenship Test Prep

Tuesday and Thursday, 6-7:30 pm,

Each class will focus on many of the 100 citizenship test civics questions. We encourage the community to join us for these lively interactive activities and discussions. The classes are open for U.S. citizens who want to improve their own knowledge of U.S. Civics or enhance their skills to tutor new arrivals on their paths to citizenship.

Information: 860-695-6316 and

Read to Succeed (R2S) Hartford

Tuesday, Wednesday, 2-7:45 pm, Thursday, 2-5  pm

The classes are a combination of one-on-one instruction with a teacher and computer-based reinforcement activities for adults new to reading.

Information: 860-695-6316 and