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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.


Equanimity
Andrew Reardon

October 19 – December 2, 2018

Opening Reception:
Friday, October 19, 5:30 p.m.
ARTWALK 

Artist Talk:
Thursday, November 15, 6 p.m.

Reardon shows images of life and landscape in Nepal and an experimental 20 minute looped documentary film during his time spent in Nepal as a part of an artist residency.

His work explores the interchangeability of both time and change through the capturing and manipulation of light and sound. He says, "every moment we experience is always an improvisation with what has existed, exists now, and will potentially exist. In order for us as individuals and communities to grow we must introduce ourselves to new environments, both landscapes and cultures, to allow ourselves the opportunity to understand and learn from deep complexity our universe has to offer." He took this journey of growth as he stayed in Marpha, Nepal as part of an artist residency. This work is an expression of that exploration.

Special thanks to Bank of America for its support of the 2018-2019 ArtWalk season.


Encounters: Surrealism and War

Saturday, October 20, 10am-12pm with lunch to follow
Wadsworth Atheneum, 600 Main St., Hartford

In the midst of the Spanish Civil War (1936-39) and World War II (1939-45), European and American artists found themselves confronting the atrocities brought on by war. What was once thought mere fantasy became a devastating reality for those who would become part of the Surrealist Movement. Join us for small group discussions on the historic relationship between surrealism and war and how this understanding can impact how we think of art and war today.

Readings TBA. Lunch will be provided after the 10am-12pm discussion. Space is limited. Please RSVP to faculty@wadsworthatheneum.org

Encounters is a partnership program between UCONN Humanities Institute, the Wadworth Atheneum Museum of Art, The Amistad Center for Art and Culture, and the Hartford History Center at Hartford Public Library.


 

 

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 cjkorber@gmail.com.

GAMES! 

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.


 

Toastmasters

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 www.ctpoetry.net.
T
o nominate a poet for discussion or volunteer to moderate, contact:
Christine Beck
christinebeck90@gmail.com
860-655-3263


 

Upcoming dates for 2018:


June 30, 2018: Billy Collins. Poet Maria Sassi will moderate.

 


ART WALK

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.


 

Equanimity
Andrew Reardon

October 19 – December 2, 2018

Opening Reception:
Friday, October 19, 5:30 p.m.
ARTWALK

Artist Talk:
Thursday, November 15, 6 p.m.

Reardon shows images of life and landscape in Nepal and an experimental 20 minute looped documentary film during his time spent in Nepal as a part of an artist residency.

His work explores the interchangeability of both time and change through the capturing and manipulation of light and sound. He says, "every moment we experience is always an improvisation with what has existed, exists now, and will potentially exist. In order for us as individuals and communities to grow we must introduce ourselves to new environments, both landscapes and cultures, to allow ourselves the opportunity to understand and learn from deep complexity our universe has to offer." He took this journey of growth as he stayed in Marpha, Nepal as part of an artist residency. This work is an expression of that exploration.

Special thanks to Bank of America for its support of the 2018-2019 ArtWalk season.



OTHER EXHIBITIONS:


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 http://www.hpatv.org/vod/. Click "Playlists" and then find "Chief Teale's The Tools of Learning."