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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.

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November 2019 Adult Calendar

November and December 2019 Teen Calendar

November and December 2019 Youth Calendar


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



Basics of Knitting Series

Fridays, November 8 & 15

10:00-11:00 am

Dwight Library, 7 New Park Avenue 

Knitting never goes out of style! Learn the basics of this ancient but still very enjoyable craft in a 4-part series at Dwight Library designed just for beginners. Please register as materials are limited. Call 860-695-7460 or register in person.




Census 2020 Job Fairs at HPL


Thursday, November 21st

Downtown Library - 9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Park Library - 12:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Albany Library - 3:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Camp Field Library - 6:30 p.m. - 8 p.m.

Interested in being a census worker? Visit the Census Job Fair at Hartford Public Library at the following locations and learn more!




And Then They Came For Us– Free Documentary Screening and Talkback About Immigration Issues, Past & Present 

Thursday, November 21st

5:30 - 7:30pm

Center for Contemporary Culture, Downtown Library 

Please join the Graustein Memorial Fund and the Hartford Public Library for a timely and necessary conversation about the impact of immigration and citizenship status discrimination against communities of color. We will watch the powerful documentary “And Then They Came For Us” then follow with a community talkback about the issues raised by the film. We will draw connections between the discrimination against Japanese Americans documented in the film and the current attacks against Latinx and undocumented communities.

This is a free event. Food will be served. All are welcome to attend.


Fall Spiced Scented Hot Pads

Thursday, November 21st

6:00 - 7:30 p.m.

Camp Field Library 

Create a spiced scented hot pad to keep your kitchen smelling crisp and spicy using basic sewing skills and supplies. 

This is an adult workshop; registration is required by calling 860-695-7440.



Civic Ambassador’s Summit

Saturday, November 23rd

11:30am - 4:30pm

Center for Contemporary Culture, Downtown Library 

Civic activity is not only about elections. It’s community involvement that lasts year round. Join us for a day of sharing thought provoking action ideas to drive our communities towards positive change in 2020 and beyond.



Bridging Cultures Book Club: Black Autonomy: Race, Gender, and AfroNicaraguan Activism by Jennifer Goett

Wednesday, November 20, 2019 from 12:30pm – 1:30pm in Room 141 pp. 85-185

Room 141, First Floor, Downtown Library

Join our Bridging Cultures Book Club as we discuss “Black Autonomy: Race, Gender, and AfroNicaraguan Activism” by Jennifer Goett. Published by Stanford in 2017, the book focuses on the struggle for autonomy in the Afro-Nicaraguan community on the Atlantic coast of Nicaragua from the 1990s into the first part of the 21st century. The author’s conversations with individuals in this area help readers understand better the dynamics of the community. All are welcome. Please consider a brown bag lunch. Light refreshments will be available. This book talk is being held in collaboration with Hartford/Ocotal Sister City Project, Inc. Books will be available at the program. They may also be borrowed from local academic libraries and purchased from online booksellers. Contact




Doll Day and Tea Party!

Saturday, December 7, 1 p.m.

Hartford History Center, 3rd Floor, Downtown Library

Parade to the Children's Room, 3rd Floor 

Dolls of all kinds take center stage at Hartford Public Library. Join us and bring along your own favorite doll, action figure or stuffed animal. 

At 1 p.m., there will be a special presentation in the Hartford History Center on dolls from around the world, many drawn from the famous Caroline M. Hewins Collection at HPL and others from the Ann Smith Collection.

Then we will march to the Children's Department in a great big Doll Parade! After that, we will have a fancy and fun Doll Tea Party in the Children's Acitivity Room, all dolls and children welcome!




African American Literature Book Club

Monthly 1st Tuesdays
6-7:30 pm, Classroom 141, Downtown
  • Tuesday, December 3, 2019: Beloved by Toni Morrison; discussion facilitated by Susan Brown. We were saddened by the news of Toni Morrison's passing.
  • 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




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.


You're Fired! I Quit!
Sarah Schneiderman

Exhibit runs October 18 - December 1, 2019
ArtWalk Gallery, 3rd Floor, Downtown Library

Opening Reception: Friday, October 18, 5:30 pm

Open Studio & Drop-In Workshops:
Sat, Nov. 16, 11am-5pm & Sun, Nov. 17, 1-5pm

Artist Statement:
Historically, people of great importance are the subject matter of formal painted portraits. Most of the official portraits of U.S. presidents are austere and formal, representing the traditional view of the office of the president. The current white house is in chaos. It is a revolving door.  My portraits of political figures, which I started in November of 2016, reflect this in both the subject matter and the materials used.

My portraits viewed from afar look like their subject matter. They are orderly and recognizable. Look more closely. Garbage – debris found on the streets and generated through daily living – is the medium used in these artworks. 

My artmaking practice utilizes recycled materials. Protecting the environment and reducing plastic pollution are my credos.


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 new 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.



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 Click "Playlists" and then find "Chief Teale's The Tools of Learning."