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


August 2020 Youth and Family Programs



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



Hartford Public Library brings its innovative and exciting adult programming, 
featuring local presenters, online! Stay tuned for new and improved virtual programming in the coming days. If you'd like to submit a virtual program, please click here or email

Midweek Mindfulness: Yoga 

Wellness Wednesdays are back! Join yoga instructors Krystal and Mike every Wednesday for a midweek break. Geared towards people of color, instructors will not only help us learn new ways to implement wellness strategies into our busy everyday lives, but they will also encourage rest, self-compassion and self-care in the midst our current racial justice movement.




Midweek Mindfulness: with Krystal Failey 

20 minute, beginner friendly yoga session to assist with relaxing and destressing during this time of need


Midweek Mindfulness: with Mike Riley 

Join yoga instructor Mike Riley for chair yoga: yoga for every body type and ability, but especially for those who want to experience transformation with additional support. 


Midweek Mindfulness: with Krystal Failey 

Sometimes we need a little extra strength. Today's session with Kystal from Klear Greatness is beginner friendly to assist with increasing our strength and energy.


Midweek Mindfulness: with Mike Riley 

Breathe. This week's session of Mindful Movements with Mike is a standing yoga posture class for centering and soothing the breath.


Small Business Spotlight 

Join us as we celebrate Black owned businesses in Hartford! Hear what business owners have to say about their establishments and the role Black literature has played in their journey. Tune in to hear their stories and learn about businesses in your neighborhood.


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 August 2020, date TBD— check back in for more event registration details


Noname's August Picks:

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!
August Pick:

Cover ArtHow to be an Antiracist by Ibram Kendi
August Session Meets: 
August 13th: Chapters 1-9
August 27th: Chapters 10-18
@ 6pm via zoom
Zoom instruction sent following registration 
For a list of all book picks, click here.

Hartford Changemakers Summer Program


JULY 13 - AUGUST 21, 2020


Virtual weekly arts workshops with Hartford artists

For Hartford residents ages 13 and older


Register by July 10 here:

In an effort to update the traditional historical narrative of Hartford, Hartford Public Library will work with city teens, elders, and local artists to create public art celebrating the stories of city change makers from the Black, Latinx, and indigenous communities.
´╗┐The library has opened registration for the Hartford Changemakers summer program, which is geared to Hartford residents ages 13 and older. Participants can choose one virtual workshop in: mural painting, storytelling, poetry, music, dance or documentary photography.
Workshops are designed for teens, adults, and older adults. The workshops will integrate themes around leadership, organizing, and creative responses to shaping history in your own neighborhood.

Virutal Program Library

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


Letter Style with Lindaluz Carrillo

Letter style workshop on how to draw the word "LOVE"


Collage Making with Katya Zajac

Collage representing what you want more of in your life


Bookmark Making with Tenaya Taylor 

How to design and create unique watercolor bookmarks


Geometric Origami with Luis: The Cube

Learn how to make one of the Platonic Solids, a Cube, with a sonobe unit 

Fun with Clay with Michelle Thomas

Using air dry clay, we’ll make a pinch pot music shaker.


Bash the Trash with Amanda Roy

Tune in for two instrument making tutorials that are a part of the Greater Hartford Arts Council’s Make Music Hartford event.


Art Inside: Paint in Your Kitchen with Lindsey Fyfe 
Using paint, collage papers, and other mediums, create your own abstract landscape with a house. Have fun creating! 



Reading with Tchalla Williams

From her poetry book "The Lover and The Revolutionary." 


Reading with Patrick "Rico" Williams

Excerpts from his 2017 book "Jesus Is Black”  


Journaling for Emotional Wellness 
with Chris Pressley 

explore writing prompts for emotional awareness


Poetry on the Streets with Melanie Faranello

Everyone has a poem inside. What's your poem today?


Reading with Tchalla Williams

From her the novel "Tristan Strong Punches a Hole in the Sky" by Kwame Mnalia.


Journey in my Journal: Break Limiting Beliefs 

Hartford therapist and coach Haben Abraham leads us through a journaling activity to identify and break down our negative beliefs that may be showing up in this pandemic.  You will need a pen, paper, sticky notes, and any arts and crafts materials

Tai Chi with Anne Marie Williams "Jedda"
A series of gentle physical exercises and stretches 

Sound Healing with Kelvin Young
Calm your mind, relax your body, and nourish your soul


Mindful Movement with Mike with Mike Riley

Gentle Kripalu postures to increase flexibility


Afro Carribean Dance with Lael Williams

Move with a blend of African and Caribbean movements


Rhymes in Color with Savana Jones 

Beginner dance exercises to introduce contemporary, modern and jazz movement.


Visualization Meditation with Rachel Taylor

Take a moment. This guided visualization meditation will help you harness the power of your breath and mind to calm your nervous system and find a few moments of removal from the stresses of this time. Rachel Taylor is a Hartford native who teaches strength, stability, and relaxation practices for parents and children.



Seed Starting with Sarah Rose
Learn the basics of starting your seeds 


Mascarillas con Imelda/ Masks with Imelda

Cocer simple mascarillas para la cara /
how to make simple face masks


Planting from Inside with Sonsharae Owens

Get an early start on germinating seeds at home

Basics of Tree Planting with Heather Dion

How to plant an apple tree at the Keney Park Sustainability Project


Urban Maple Syrup: Meet the Trees with Collin McMullan

How to identify maple trees in your neighborhood, how to tap a maple tree, and how to make maple syrup.


Top Three Houseplants for Beginners with Gabbie Barnes

Anyone can grow plants! Plant Doula Gabbie Barnes discusses three of the most common to find and easy to care for houseplants. Gabbie covers basic care, maintenance, and propagation.


Create a Small Collage with a House

With Rebecca Maloney

Using paint, collage papers, and other mediums, create your own abstract landscape with a house. Have fun creating!


Conga! with Ed Fast
An introduction to afro cuban percussion 


Rhymes with Blessings Divine

Hartford hip hop artist Blessings Divine performs 


FL Studios with Zvlu

How to create music beats for artists and commercials


Jams with Jazz with Jasmine McPherson

Get mooving and grooving to pop music


Songs of Hope with KeyofDee with Dee Davis
Local musician KeyofDee invokes the sounds of hope, peace and freedom to remind us that a change will come.


Salsa 4 one on the Q with Rey Bermudez 

¡Viva La Salsa! Master Teaching Artist Rey Bermudez teaches four foundational Salsa dance steps with a mind, body, and heart connection to use during the quarantine.  Lessons will focus on individual dancing that can be applied to partner dancing at any time.


Hip Hop Dance With Rosanna Karabetos

A short & high energy hip hop combo! Great for all levels, no dance experience necessary! This gets the heart rate up and lifts your mood!



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.