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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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December 2019 Adult Calendar

November  2019 Teen Calendar

November 2019 Youth Calendar


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



Doll Day and Tea Party!

Saturday, December 7, 1 p.m.

Hartford History Center, 3rd Floor, Downtown Library

Parade to the Children's Room, 3rd Floor 

Dolls of all kinds take center stage at Hartford Public Library. Join us and bring along your own favorite doll, action figure or stuffed animal. 

At 1 p.m., there will be a special presentation in the Hartford History Center on dolls from around the world, many drawn from the famous Caroline M. Hewins Collection at HPL and others from the Ann Smith Collection.

Then we will march to the Children's Department in a great big Doll Parade! After that, we will have a fancy and fun Doll Tea Party in the Children's Acitivity Room, all dolls and children welcome!

African American Literature Book Club

Monthly 1st Tuesdays
6-7:30 pm, Classroom 141, Downtown
  • Tuesday, December 3, 2019: Beloved by Toni Morrison; discussion facilitated by Susan Brown. We were saddened by the news of Toni Morrison's passing.
  • Tuesday, January 7, 2020: Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead; discussion facilitated by Suzanne Robinson.
  • Tuesday, February 4, 2020: Tears We Cannot Stop by Michael Eric Dyson; discussion facilitated by Steve Riege.

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, 9/14 through 12/7 (closed on 10/26)
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:

Sahar Amjad is a member of the UConn Hartford student government and a long-time Writing Center consultant here at our campus. She will be in the center on September 14th, September 21st, September 28th, and October 5th. 

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 on October 12th, October 19th, and November 2nd. 

Tyesha Rodriguez brings a logical mindset from her science-focused coursework to the material writers bring to her. She looks forward to working with you on November 9th, November 16th, November 23rd, and December 7th. 



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.



Quilts in a New Light
Alexandra Wahl

Exhibit runs January 10 - February 23, 2020
ArtWalk Gallery, 3rd Floor, Downtown Library

Opening Reception: Friday, January 10, 5:30 pm

For Wahl, quilt making is the happy conjunction between math and art, of rules and creativity, using the tools of color and pattern. But it wasn’t until she was working on a small wall-hanging and the pieces stuck to a piece of flannel and sunlight illuminated from behind them, that she began to play with the top layers of quilts being stretched over light boxes to read similar to a stained glass window. This show consists of quilted light boxes that do just that, adding light as the third tool of creation. Wahl is a West Hartford-based artist with a BFA in Fine Art Photography from Corcoran College of Art and Design in Washington D.C. She has exhibited in Hartford at the TheaterWorks Gallery and the Corcoran Gallery of Art in D.C. 


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.



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."