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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.

For a listing of events in our Center for Contemporary Culture, please click here.

HPL Salsa Socials

Downtown Library Atrium: Tuesdays, July 22, August 26 and September 23, 6 – 8 p.m.
Park Branch: Monday, July 28, 5:30 – 7 p.m.
Mark Twain Branch: Monday, August 25, 5:30 – 7 p.m.

Join us for an open session welcoming dancers of all levels, free of charge! Dancing and teaching for over twenty years, Rey Bermudez ( will share his passion for salsa at these open dance sessions.


Lunch at the Library - Folk Fridays

Fridays July 25, August 1, August 8, and August 15,
12:00 noon

Downtown Library Terrace

Enjoy live music at lunchtime with “Folk Fridays” performances this summer on the Downtown Library terrace. Bring your own lunch or enjoy a special from our Kitchen Café.

July 25—Donna Martin
August 1—Dave Costa
August 8—Martin Piggot
August 15—Steve Nystrup


Hartford Opera Theater

Adult Summer Reading Program

Calling all grown-ups! Join our Adult Summer Reading Program – sign up at any HPL location for a fun summer of reading and a chance to win great prizes – the more you read, the better your chances!


Hartford Opera Theater

World of Sounds Summer Concert Series

Dwight Branch: Wednesday Night Concerts 6:00PM

"Trombeatz" - July 9
"Romance tropical" - July 23
"Los calientes" - August 13

Albany Branch: Thursday Night Concerts 6:00PM

"Da 4 Ah Wee" - July 10
"Crucial Massive" - July 24
"Hartford Steel Symphony" - August 14

Join us for an exciting celebration of Hartford’s global music community with a diverse, six-concert series! Performances will include latin jazz, classical, reggae, gospel, and calypso from such performers as the Hartford Steel Symphony, Trombeatz, Los Calientes, and more.


Hartford Artisan Weaving Center Exhibit: "Let's Weave Historic Overshot”

Date: On display May 8 - August 10, 2014
Location: Downtown Library, 3rd Floor

Meet the Weavers! Enjoy a light reception with the Hartford Artisan Weavers this Thursday, July 17 at 5:30 p.m. in the Hartford History Center.

Weavers at the Artisan Center create pieces inspired by historic "overshot" patterns. Weavers were challenged to work with traditional patterns or to create their own overshot patterns for this unique project. The study and creation of these textiles was made possible by a grant from The Greater Hartford Arts Council.


Hartford Opera Theater

WayBack Wednesdays Summer Movie Series

Wednesdays, July 2 – August 27 Downtown Library

Join us for a summer movie series that will take you for a trip down memory lane – we are bringing back the classic golden oldies for cool summer fun! Click here for full movie lineup, dates and times.



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.



The Center for Contemporary Culture hosts lectures, readings, musical performances and other events for people of all ages.