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 7 locations throughout the city of Hartford. Below is a selection of upcoming events.

Jump to:

January 2020  Adult Calendar

January 2020 Teen Calendar

January 2020 Youth Calendar



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


A Warm Welcome @ HPL

December 30 - March 27, 2020 8:00 a.m.
Downtown Library, Monday through Friday

Beginning Dec. 30 and through March 27, the Downtown Library will provide a Warm Welcome to our morning customers. HPL will open at 8:00 a.m. with the following services: access to self-service options (printing, scanning, photo copying, and self-check out); a warm, quiet place to sit, read and connect to WiFi; and, access to library materials and resources with service providers and staff on hand to help. We open as a full-service library ‪as usual at 9:30 a.m. 



Hartford Courant: The Stories That Shaped The Decade

Exhibit up until January 31st, 2020
Downtown, Outside Classroom 140

From the devastation of Sandy Hook to the dominance of UConn basketball, this exhibit by the  Hartford Courant presents the stories that have shaped Connecticut from 2010 to 2020. Refreshments will be served at the reception.


Knitting for Everyone Workshop Series

Wednesdays, January 8, 15, 22 & 29: 1:00 p.m-2 pm
Park Branch

Knitting Workshops for beginners where together we learn, and work on a variety of projects.



English Language Classes for Beginners

Tuesdays & Thursdays: 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Starting Jan 14th
Dwight Branch 

Registration is required. Patrons should stop in in December or early January to see Dani Scott, Branch Manager.


Mujeres Empoderadas/ Women Empowerment Group Meet

Thursday, January 16 & 30: 12 p.m.- 2 p.m.
Park Branch

In collaboration with the Hispanic Health Council, Maria Ortiz provides presentations on domestic violence to raise awareness. Guests are invited to present on different topics: financial literacy, educational opportunities, library resources, literacy etc..


Encounters: Public Punishment, Race & Remembrance

Saturday, January 25th: 10 a.m. -1 p.m.
Old State House

What does the history of punishment in Connecticut mean for us today? Join us for conversation and lunch. 


Regional School Choice Office-Family Movie Night Dinner

Monday, January 27: 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Park Branch

Families fill out school lottery applications with support and guidance of RSCO representatives, while children watch a movie and enjoy pizza. The movie will be chosen by children who frequent the branch.


New Beginnings Health and Wellness Fair

Wed., Jan 29, 11-1 p.m.
Camp Field Library

Health and wellness information provided by local heath providers. Our Health & Wellness Providers include:

American Lung Association
Charter Oak Health Center
Community Health Services
Hispanic Health Council’s: Immunization
Program, Domestic Violence Awareness
Program, Breast Cancer Awareness Program
South End Wellness Senior Center
UCONN Health
UConn SNAP-ed Community Nutritionist
West Hartford Yoga
Census Jobs Recruiting and more!
For more information, please call 860-695-7440.


Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing

Thursday, January 30th & February 6th: 6:30 p.m. - 7:30 

Barbour Branch

Read a section of Marie Kondo’s book, The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up, with your Barbour friends.  Go home to do the suggested section activity.  Return to discuss our experience with decluttering. Maybe bring something that was taking up space in your home that might spark joy in someone else’s!


African American Literature Book Club

Monthly 1st Tuesdays
6-7:30 pm, Classroom 141, Downtown
  • 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

Barbershops in Hartford: History and Evolution

Thursday, February 13, 5:30-7:30pm
Hartford History Center, 3rd fl, Downtown Library

Join us for a conversation with Hartford barbers on the history and evolution of the barbershop business.

This conversation is a program that accompanies a display of photos, materials, and memorabilia collected by longtime Hartford community member Willie Mann. Mann's father's barbershop was established on Albany Avenue in Hartford in the 1950's and is represented in the display.




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

ArtWalk Artist Talk: Saturday, February 8, 11 am

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. 


Hartford History Makers Exhibit at Dwight Library

Jan 23 - Feb 28, 2020
Dwight Library

Come see a selection of portraits of African-American changemakers from Hartford's history! Hartford area artists of all ages volunteered their time to create these portraits using photographs and bios sourced by the Hartford History Center at Hartford Public Library in this 2017 Black history month community project.

Lucy Cooper Summers (1920-1995)
Portrait by D. Rancine

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.