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Programs & Exhibitions

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.

For a listing of events in our Center for Contemporary Culture, please click here.

Hartford Times - Voices of Change Exhibit

Greater Hartford Arts Council Gallery
100 Pearl Street, Hartford

1960′s photographs from The Hartford Times offer a look back at a decade of protest that focused local and national attention on the civil rights of African Americans, the war in Vietnam, and the inequalities facing women. On display through spring 2014.


Small Business Workshop Series

The U.S. Small Business Administration, in partnership with Hartford Public Library and the Hartford SCORE chapter, will host a 5-week small business workshops series taught by SBA employees and business professionals, beginning Thursday, May 1 at the Downtown Library.

Workshops begin promptly at 5:30pm and end at 7:30pm.

Click here for full workshop descriptions.

Free and open to the public. To earn a certificate of completion, attendance at all workshops is encouraged. Registration required, contact: 860.695.6334 or


The Way We Worked

March 15th - April 23rd, 2014
Opening Reception Thursday, March 27, 2014, 5:00 p.m.
Downtown Library

Experience The Way We Worked, an exhibition created by the Smithsonian Institution, drawing on the National Archives rich photographic collections to document 130 years of changing work life in America. Using images, video, audio and interactive components, the exhibition reveals the effects of industrialization, urbanization, immigration, labor unrest, wars and economic depression on ordinary working Americans, whether they toiled in a coal mine, on a tractor, at a typewriter or on an assembly lines. The exhibit is open to the public starting Saturday, March 15th.


Beatrice Fox Auerbach: The Woman, Her World and Her Wardrobe

On display February 5, 2014 - May 10, 2014
Hartford History Center, Downtown Library

Curator Talk: Saturday, March 15, 2014, 2:00 PM

Glimpse into the life of Beatrice Fox Auerbach in an exhibit of garments and personal items of the world traveler, influential philanthropist, and owner and CEO of America's largest privately owned department store, G. Fox & Co. The exhibit is presented in partnership with the University of Connecticut Historical Costume & Textile Collection Department, and is free and open to the public during Hartford History Center hours, Tuesday through Saturday, 1 PM - 5 PM.


Hartford Loves Poetry

Date: April 7th - April 19th, 2014
Location: Various


2 weeks: 10 branches: 20 languages: 1 purpose Readings - Workshops - Open mics

In celebration of National Poetry Month, HPL hosts a citywide celebration featuring poetry performances at all ten library branches. Sponsored by the City of Hartford's Marketing, Events and Cultural Affairs Division, curated by award-winning poet Bessy Reyna. Click here for dates and locations 


Arts and Archives
Saturdays, April 26 – May 31, 2014, 10:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Hartford History Center, Downtown Library 

Join two master artists in our newest Arts and Archives series “Making Images/Making Words.” This 5-class Saturday progressive workshop will have participants work with photography and with short forms of poetry to capture and write about people, places and things. Participants are asked to bring a camera or camera phone to class. If you need a camera to participate in this workshop, please call 860-695-6377. A limited number of cameras are available for loan. Participants must commit to attending all five classes in this series. Limited enrollment, please call 860-695-6295 to register.


Baby Grand Jazz 2014
Sundays, January - April, 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Downtown Library 

Jan 5 - Meg Okura and Pan Asian Chamber Jazz Ensemble
Jan 12 - David Chevan and Afro Semitic Experience
Jan 19 - Maxine Martin
Jan 26 - Allie Bosso
Feb 2 - Craig Hartley
Feb 9 - Taino Pacheco
Feb 16 - Erin O’Luanaigh
Feb 23 - Michael Gregory 
Mar 2 - William Fluker 
Mar 9 - Ray Gonzalez
Mar 16 - Warren Byrd
Mar 23 - Nelson Bello 
Mar 30 - Yoko Miwa
Apr 6 - Jeff Wieselberg
Apr 13 - Sonny and Perley
Apr 27 - Emery A. Smith

To print the flyer please click here



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 Center for Contemporary Culture hosts lectures, readings, musical performances and other events for people of all ages.