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


October 2020 Youth and Family Programs

October 2020 Adult Programming



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


Nuestro 3er Evento Anual De Empoderamiento De La Mujer 


Concurso de mascarillas celebrando la herencia hispana, Uds. ¡Eligen la mejor!

• Tendremos una Invitada especial!
• Puedes ganar premios!
• Clase de Yoga!


Para más información llame a: Maria Ortiz, Trabajadora Communitaria (860) 527-0856, ext. 1243, o puedes llamar a: Graciela Rivera, HPL- Gerente de la sucursal de la Park al (860) 500-8492


La Fecha: Viernes, 30 de octubre

Hora: 5PM a 6PM de Facebook LIVE

Image for the pre-summit book club signup.  Picturing the two books that will be read and discussed.


Freedom From Smoking 2020 

Join us for a FREE program for those ready to quit smoking. Group meets Thursday evenings for 7 weeks, including Monday, November 2nd.


Requirements to participate:

• Ready to quit

• Must be available for 8 sessions

• Must be able to access documents electronically

• Must be able to connect virtually for weekly meetings


DATES: October 8 — November 19

TIME: 5:30 — 7 p.m.

LOCATION: Webex link to follow after registration 
TO SIGN UP: Call 860.679.4007. Space is limited.

Image for the pre-summit book club signup.  Picturing the two books that will be read and discussed.


2020 Multimodal and Transit Summit Book Club

Hartford Public Library has partnered with Transport Hartford with the Center for Latino Progress, on their upcoming book club leading up to the Northeast Multimodal and Transit Summit. Ahead of the Nov 23rd Northeast Multimodal and Transit Summit, we'll be reading two thoughtful books and setting up one (or perhaps two) online discussion groups to respond and explore the subject matter. Those RSVP'd to this form will get a link to the online discussion(s). This book club is apart of the entire Northeast Multimodal and Transit Summit. For information about the summit, click here.


Our book picks:

(1) Bicycle / Race by Adonia Lugo, PhD - Transportation, Culture, & Resistance

(2) Right of Way by Angie Schmitt, with foreword by Charles T. Brown - Race, Class, and the Silent Epidemic of Pedestrian Deaths in America


Library Option - Hartford Public Library has already ordered e-books that you can check out, with paper copies on the way. As other regional libraries add the books, we'll let you know - and you can request these books be carried by your favorite local library.

Stay tuned to your email for a date and time announcement for the online book club discussion(s).

Date: TBD- Check back for details

Time: TBD- Check back for details

Virtual: Details to follow


For more information and to register, click here


Image for the pre-summit book club signup.  Picturing the two books that will be read and discussed.


Book Clubs 

"Reading material for the homies."

Hartford Public Library is a chapter of Noname's Book Club, an online/irl community dedicated to uplifting POC voices. They do this by highlighting two books each month written by authors of color. From cult classics to the words of emergent authors, Noname’s Book Club highlights books that speak on human conditions in critical and original ways. In addition to social media presence have free virtual meet ups to discuss the monthly picks in a safe and supportive environment. Click here for more information on Noname's Book Club.


*If you have incarcerated friends/family who would be interested in reading along with us email their information to and they will send them the books.


Join Noname's Digital Nationwide Monthly Meet Up

Next Zoom session will be at the end of October 2020, date TBD— check back in for more event registration details


Noname's October Pick:

For a list of all of Noname's book picks, click here.


The Awakening Book Club 

We understand the need for a safe and open space for young adults, ages 13-25, to connect around a good book. Join us for a much needed conversation about past and present racial injustices through a discussion of Kendi's book, How To Be An Antiracist. Not an avid reader? Come and hear what others have to say about this important dialogue. This series consists of biweekly discussions of a book of the month, which addresses and actively fights systemic racism on topics such as medical negligence towards Black people and mass incarceration. 
Please register for the book club so we can save you a seat!
October Pick:

Cover ArtSo You Want To Talk About Race by Iljeoma Oluo 
October Session Meets: 

Session 1: October 15th
Session 2: October 29th
@ 6pm via zoom
Zoom instruction sent following registration 
For a list of all book picks, click here.

African American Literature Book Club 

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.

October Pick: 

Cover ArtCitizen: by Claudia Rankine

Claudia Rankine's bold new book recounts mounting racial aggressions in ongoing encounters in twenty-first-century daily life and in the media. Some of these encounters are slights, seeming slips of the tongue, and some are intentional offensives in the classroom, at the supermarket, at home, on the tennis court with Serena Williams and the soccer field with Zinedine Zidane, online, on TV-everywhere, all the time. The accumulative stresses come to bear on a person's ability to speak, perform, and stay alive. Our addressability is tied to the state of our belonging, Rankine argues, as are our assumptions and expectations of citizenship.



October Session Meet: 

October 27th, 7:00PM Via Zoom

Please RSVP to Carolyn Korber at


Virutal Program Library

Browse our past online programs and click the links to watch videos!

To browse our past virtual Art Inside programs, click here

To browse our past virtual Reads From the Hart programs, click here

To browse our past virtual Wellness Wednesdays programs, click here

To browse our past virtual Home Hacks programs, click here

To browse our past virtual Friday Jams programs, click here

To browse our past virtual local business spotlight programs, click here

Small Business Spotlight (2)




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

UPDATE: Exhibit runs through July 6, 2020
ArtWalk, Downtown Library

Watch Virtual Exhibit HERE
Virtual Artist Talk on @HPLCT Instagram Live:
Watch Recorded Interview HERE

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

Online exhibit available HERE!

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.