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Programs & Exhibitions

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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Hartford Public Library is pleased to offer the opportunity for local writers to showcase their latest publication and connect with library visitors. HPL will publicize your appearance and will make available your book in the circulating collection. Hartford authors will be given first consideration. Please contact 860.695.6322 for more information.


James Herbert Smith

A Boy’s Life in the Baby Boom: True Tales from Small Town America
December 8, 4-7 pm

A memoir about growing up in the post-war baby boom, which takes us back to a freedom in childhood unheard of today. As the first boomers turn 70 this year, Smith among them… The memoir reminds us of both the travails and the ecstasy of being a kid, a teen-ager, and maturing through failure and success.

Liz Delton

A Rift Between Cities”
December 17, 12-3 pm

Local fiction writer Liz Delton returns with the third book in the Arcera Trilogy. Sylvia has come a long way since first discovering the declaration of war against her home, facing violence and destruction which hasn’t been seen in Arcera in a thousand years. She has mastered skills unknown to anyone but the denizens of the mysterious fifth city, Seascape, and she has only just begun to fight the war brought about by Governor Sorin Greyling. Does she have what it takes to mend the rift between cities?

UConn Writing Center at HPL

Upcoming: December 3
Wallace Stevens Writing Room, 3rd floor
12:00-4:00 pm

First-Come, First-Serve: please sign up upon arrival for about an hour of attention

Students, Graduate Students, and Professors from UConn Hartford. We are people interested in writing in all its forms. We believe the best writing comes as part of a dialogue.

You bring your writing to us and we discuss it with you. Any Stage of Writing: Planning, Drafting, or Revising—it’s all Welcome. Any Kind of Writing: Academic: Essays/Writing for Classes. Professional: Resumes, Cover Letters, Applications. Creative: Stories Long & Short, Poetry, Non-Fiction. Personal: Letters, Memoirs. Multiple Levels of Attention. Conceptual: Content, Theme, & Organization. Mechanical: Sentence Structure, Clarity, & Grammar.




DIY Shadowboxes
with Anne Cubberly

Tuesdays, 5:30-7:30 pm
6 weeks, 11/22-12/27
3rd Floor Program Room
Call 860.695.6320 to register

Use techniques of collage and assemblage in this mixed-media workshop designed to help you create your own shadow box. Shadow boxes have long been used to display collectibles, but can also be used as a decorative or artistic medium. Materials will be provided by the Library, but attendees are encouraged to bring additional objects and decorations. 

Support made possible by Ensworth Charitable Foundation, Bank of America, N.A., Trustee.

Little Women: A Tertulia

Tuesday, December 20, 6 pm
Hartford History Center

This holiday season, we’ll gather in the Hartford History Center for a discussion of Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women. The book was popular at the time of its publication, and maintains that popularity to this day; there have been six film adaptations as well as multiple television, stage, and musical interpretations. We invite you to bring your own well-loved copies of Little Women and your stories, memories, and interpretations of the text and join us for coffee and conversation.


Musical Dialogues: Holiday Jazz

Wednesday, December 21, 12 pm

A selection of holiday favorites performed by the Hartford Symphony Classical Jazz Ensemble.

Hollywood History & Hartford

December 10, 2 pm

Hartford History Center


Hartford native and historic theater enthusiast Hollis Schneider will present a look back at the history of Hartford’s movie palaces, from the nickelodeons to the 1960s, Hollywood’s stars and “movie moguls”, and the social & historical issues that had an influence on what films were being produced.  


From the beginnings of the motion picture industry in 1894, through its heyday in the 1930s and the profound changes that came about in the 1950s and 1960s, come and share your memories of a bygone era.  Hartford’s classic movie houses will be recalled in a photographic presentation. 

Poets on Poetry Series

The Connecticut Poetry Society continues its monthly poetry book group discussions this fall and meets on the fourth Saturday of the month at the downtown library from 10:15am-12:15pm.  Poets on Poetry is free and open to the public.   For further information, visit




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.

Christine Dalenta and Benjamin Parker

January 13-February 26, 2017

Photographer Christine Dalenta and paper sculptor Benjamin Parker collaborate and practice an innovative combination of paper folding and photographic techniques, creating cameraless images through the action of light on folded light-sensitive paper.

Since the very beginning of photography, artists have placed three-dimensional objects onto light-sensitive paper to form a representation in two dimensions. This technique and its resulting images, known as photograms, are currently enjoying a resurgence in contemporary photography. Dalenta and Parker’s images are similar to photograms, but employ an original method where not only is there no camera, there is no object. The paper itself both modulates and records the light simultaneously.




Honoring Art & Humanity:
Ghanaian Artisans Showcase

December 5, 2016-January 27, 2017
Cultural Corridor, 3rd Floor


The artisans of Ghana create hand-carved furnishings and unique products for the international market using traditional tools and employing centuries-old craftsmanship, 

Julius Aboagye, founder of the African Heritage Collection, has forged a partnership with the highly-skilled indigenous Ghanaian artisans, which provides financial support for the artisans’ families and helps to sustain their trade and the environment.

The Road Not Taken:
A Do-It-Yourself Social Impact Project

On view at

The Road Not Taken was on view at the Hartford Public Library in the Fall of 2015. Exhibition co-producer Thea Montanez worked with her cousin, Eddie Delberto, who is serving 60 years at Cheshire Correctional Institution. He is a member of the Lifers Group. Childhood photos of lifers are accompanied by written descriptions or where and who they were when the photo was taken.

Hartford Public Library's Digital Art Tour

On view here

Join us on a tour of Hartford Public Library’s collection of visual art. The collection includes 2-dimensional and 3-dimensional works in both indoor and outdoor exhibition spaces. You’ll learn the history behind the works of art among which you live and work every day.

Hartford Times: Voices of Change

On view here

View the online exhibition documenting the Civil Rights movement in Hartford in the 1960s. Photos are from the Hartford Times, and include buses leaving Hartford in 1963 to attend Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream" speech in Washington DC, civil rights activists boarding a plane at Bradley Field to march in Selma and Montgomery, AL, and housing protests in the North End of Hartford in 1967.