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


February 2021 Youth and Family Programming

February 2021 Teen Programming

February 2021 Adult Programming



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


American Sign Language Beginner Classes

Interested in learning another language? Join our 6 week ASL classes and learn the basics. All skill levels are welcome.


Meet ASL instructor, Dani! Dani is a trained ASL teacher from the Disabilities Network of Eastern CT (DNEC) and a graduate of the American School for the Deaf in West Hartford, CT.

Registration is required. Seating limited. 


Date: Monday, February 1st

Dates in the series: Feb 1st, 8th, 22nd and March 1st, 8th, 15th
Time: 5:15 - 6:15 pm

Virtual: Zoom 


**This class is full***


To register, click here

How to Create a Vision Board With Intention & Purpose + FREE Workbook


Women's Empowerment Group Virtual Meetings/Workshops 

We are recruiting new participants, and forming committees for year 2021. Some of the committees are art, education and childcare, projects, and recruitment. Learn how to be civically engaged, and connected to others in your community.



Date: Thursdays, February 4th, 11th, 18th, 25th

Time: 4:30 - 5:30 PM

Virtual: Via Zoom


To register call 860-500-8492 or email


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PECES Parenting Workshop Series 


Join us with Elina, an expert on the PECES parenting strategies. PECES teaches parents to deal with the typical behavioral problems of their children in a positive manner. Workshops are currently only offered in Spanish. Registration is required, and seats are limited to 12 participants.



Date: Wednesdays, February 3rd, 10th, 17th

Time: 3:00 PM

Virtual: Via Zoom


To register call 860-500-8492 or email


Upcoming Parenting Workshop: Parenting the Love and Logic Way | Details


 Beginner Knitting ​and Heart Health Awareness

Learn how to knit basic stitches, make a ​heart-themed headband or neck scarf and keep your heart healthy!


Date: Tuesdays, February 9th, 16th, 23rd
Time: 10:00- 11:00 am

Virtual: Zoom 


To register, click here (Participant capacity reached. Registration is closed for this program.)


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Valentine's Cookie Pops

Make a treat for your sweetie or a treat for you! This Valentine's week adults can make, decorate, and enjoy their very own cookie pops.


Date: Thursday, February 18th
Time: 2:00- 3:00 pm

Virtual: Zoom 


To register, click here

Valentine's Cake Pops (Fun Projects with Kids) | All Day I Dream About Food


Embracing Returning Citizens: Building Welcoming Communities 2021 Kickoff

Date: Tuesday, February 23rd
Time: 6-7:30pm
Virtual: Zoom & YouTube (HPLCT)
This event intends to open doors for returning citizens as they embark on their journey to reintegrate into our beloved communities. Returning citizens will share their stories of life post-incarceration, will raise awareness of returning citizen’s needs while reducing the stigma attributed to the re-entry population. The event also provides an opportunity to connect returning citizens to additional resources and channels of community support. Co-hosted by Community Partners in Action.
To register, click here


Ways to Cultivate Hope - In Person

Come learn ways to cultivate hope and do an art related activity.


Date: Wednesday, February 24th
Time: 11:00- 12:00 pm

CCC, Downtown


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Ways to Cultivate Hope - Virtual

Come learn ways to cultivate hope. Share a quote, poem, song, or book that inspires hope for you.


Date: Thursday, February 25th
Time: 7:00- 8:00 pm

Virtual: Zoom 


Please call to register, 860-695-7401 or email, to get a Zoom invite.


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Intermediate Crochet Class

Join us for an Intermediate crochet class on how to create a small tote bag. The class will be offered at 2 times. Registration is required, space is limited. 


Dates: Tuesdays, March 9th-30th
Time: 2:00- 3:00 pm OR 7:00-8:00 pm

Virtual: Zoom 




To register, click here

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"My favorite weather is bird chirping weather" 

Celebrate the coming of spring by making a bird seed treat shaped in one of many spring symbols to hang for the return of migratory birds. Walk away with a poem from the distinguished African American ornithologist, Drew Lanham.


Date: Thursday, March 11th
Time: 3:00- 4:00 pm

Virtual: Outside of the Barbour Branch


Please email to register.


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Owls: A Virtual Presentation and Hour of Relaxation (Camp Field)


Enjoy an hour of relaxation and awe-inspiring photos of owls, listen to their distinctive calls, and learn some fascinating owl facts, while coloring an intricate owl-themed printed design. Registration required. Coloring sheets will be provided by appointment using contact-free pickup.


Date: Wednesday, March 31st
Time: 2:00- 3:00 pm

Virtual: Zoom 



Registration link coming soon!

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"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

March meeting date TBD. Check back for details. If you want to be included in the Zoom conversation, fill out the Google form hereFor a list of all of Noname's book picks, click here.


March Picks:


How We Get Free: Black Feminism and the Combahee River Collective - Kindle  edition by Taylor, Keeanga-Yamahtta. Politics & Social Sciences Kindle  eBooks @

"How We Get Free" by Keeanga Yamhatta Taylor 

The Combahee River Collective, a group of radical black feminists, was one of the most important organizations to develop out of the anti-racist and women's liberation movements of the 1960s and 70s. In this collection, founding members of the organization and contemporary activists reflect on the legacy of its contributions to black feminism and its impact on today's struggles.


Three Mothers By Anna Malika Tubbs

In her groundbreaking and essential debut Three Mothers, Anna Malaika Tubbs celebrates Black motherhood by telling the story of the three women who raised and shaped some of America's most pivotal heroes: Martin Luther King, Jr., Malcolm X, and James Baldwin.

Much has been written about Berdis Baldwin's son James, about Alberta King's son Martin Luther, and Louise Little's son Malcolm. But virtually nothing has been said about the extraordinary women who raised them, all born into the beginning of the 20th century and its deadly landscape of racial prejudice. Jim Crow. Exploitation. Unpoliced violence. Police violence.

These women, in their common goals and differences, as individuals and as mothers, represent a piece of history left untold and a celebration of Black motherhood long overdue.



Deep Appreciation Book Club 

Hartford Public Library and Hartford Stage invites you to the next “Deep Appreciation" book club meeting, a heart-led gathering featuring live readings, interactive dialogue and reflections on fiction and poetry by Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) authors, past and present. The book club will meet quarterly to discuss the selection with teens and adults, as well as provide a family friendly book pairing for those who wish to continue the conversation at home. 

This month we will discuss How We Became Human by Joy Harjo, accompanied by youth book selection Fry Bread: A Native American Family Story by Kevin Noble Maillard. Our meetup will feature live music by Jennifer Kreisberg and discussion will be facilitated by Leslie Caromile. For more information, and to check out the books from HPL, click here.

Thursday February 25th, 7:00-8:30pm on Zoom. To register, click here

February Picks:

Cover ArtHow We Became Human By Joy Harjo

Cover ArtFry Bread: A Native Americna Family Story By Kevin Noble Maillard



Guest performer: Jennifer Kreisberg

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Mother, Singer, Composer, Producer, Teacher, and Activist - Jennifer (Tuscarora, North Carolina) comes from four generations of Seven Singing Sisters through the maternal line. She is known for fierce vocals, soaring range and lilting, breath-taking harmonies. Jennifer has been singing since she was a child.  When she was seventeen, she joined the critically acclaimed Native women's Trio ULALI. Her voice perfectly wove the high strand of Ulali's renowned harmony with incomparable skill and grace for over twenty years. Together, they created a new sound in Indian Country. 





Facilitator: Leslie Caromile

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Leslie Caromile, PhD is an assistant professor at UConn Health in the Center for Vascular Biology, Department of Cell Biology where she is a cancer biologist, a mentor and a community advocate that is working to discover more effective ways of detecting and treating prostate cancer. She was born in Hartford and grew up in East Hartford. She is of Eastern Band Cherokee heritage.




Hartord Reads in Color 

Facilitated by Hartford's L.I.T, Hartford Reads in Color is a book club committed to delving into the narratives and rich diverse voices of communities of color. From the intellectually astute, to the uncouth and wretched, we are reading with no limits. Focused on shedding light on literature across the diaspora while also educating the community of the various authors and stories that sound and look like them.


This group meets every last Sunday of the month. Registration is required. Seating is limited.

February Meetup: Sunday February 28th, 2:00pm. Click here to register

February Pick:

Cover ArtColdest Winter Ever by Sister Souljah

March Meetup: Sunday March 28th, 2:00pm. Click here to register

March Pick:

Cover ArtLife After Death by Sister Souljah

Hartford Reads in Color is facilitated by our longstanding partner, Hartford's L.I.T. For more information about Hartford L.I.T, click here

African American Literature Book Club

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. The AAL Book Club will continue to meet on Zoom for the foreseeable future, monthly on the fourth Tuesday of each month from 7:00 - 8:30 pm 

January meetup: Tuesday January 26th, 7:00pm. To register, please email Carolyn Korber at

January Pick:

Cover ArtThe Fire Next Time By James Baldwin


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

To browse our past virtual Art Inside programs, click here

To browse our past virtual Reads From the Hart programs, click here

To browse our past virtual Wellness Wednesdays programs, click here

To browse our past virtual Home Hacks programs, click here

To browse our past virtual Friday Jams programs, click here

To browse our past virtual local business spotlight programs, click here

Small Business Spotlight (2)




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.




Intermediate Crochet - Variegated Chevron Scarf 

Join us to learn how easy it can be to create a beautiful chevron pattern with crochet. Basic crochet skills are required to take this class and space is limited. After your registration is approved, you will be contacted about setting up a time to pick up your materials kit. Registration required. Space is limited.


Date: Thursdays, January 14th, 21st, and 28th

Time: 2:00- 3:00 pm

Virtual: Via Zoom


To register, click here


Autumn Ripple Scarf Crochet Pattern by Petals To Picots