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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.


One Book

One Book, One Hartford

This year, One Book, One Hartford celebrates the graphic novel with a season full of citywide events. Visit your branch for great title suggestions to get reading! Join us on October 23rd with Hartford Stage’s Tony Award-Winning Artistic Director Darko Tresnjak for a special discussion on the graphic novel. 




Young Americans Exhibit

Date: On display October 27, 2014 - December 5, 2014
Downtown Library, 3rd Floor

“Young Americans,” an exhibit by Atlanta-based photographer Sheila Pree Bright, explores the identities of U.S. citizens and immigrants pursuing citizenship by presenting portraits of Americans aged 18 to 25, each posing with an American flag. Four stunning photographs on display are from the collection of the Amistad Center for Art and Culture. Exhibit is open during normal library hours.




A Tale of Two Cities: Hartford (1965) and Hartford (2015)

Author Talk with Doug Suisman
Date: Thursday, November 13, 2014, 5:30 p.m.
Location: Hartford History Center, Downtown Library

Hartford native and award-winning urban designer Doug Suisman will explore fifty years of urban renewal, suburbanization, disinvestment and social unrest in Connecticut’s capital city in a book signing and lecture.

An internationally recognized architect with design projects worldwide, Suisman will trace city planning issues of the 1960’s to the present day and examine Hartford’s recent burst of urban activity and transformation. He will examine how cultural institutions, universities, civic organizations and the private sector all contribute to changes in the urban landscape and offer a glimpse into what Hartford may look like in the not-so-distant future.

Copies of the 25th Anniversary edition of Suisman’s book “Los Angeles Boulevard: Eight X-Rays of the Body Public” will be available for purchase.



People dancing

Salsa Socials Are Back!

Date: Tuesdays November 18 and December 9, 2014 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Location: Downtown Atrium

Join us for an open session welcoming dancers of all levels, free of charge! No partner or experience needed.

Dancing and teaching for over twenty years, Rey Bermudez will share is passion for salsa at these open dance sessions.


old couple

Creating Moments of Joy: Keeping That Special Person with Alzheimer's Disease Engaged and Active

Wednesday, November 19, 2014, 12:00 noon
Downtown Library

November is National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month and National Caregivers Month! This one-hour workshop is designed for caretakers, family and friends of a loved one diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease.

One of the most challenging aspects of providing care for someone with Alzheimer’s’ Disease is to develop daily routines and activities that are interesting, meaningful, do-able, enjoyable and valued by the person with the disease. Learning about the importance of keeping busy and active, and discuss topics including effective communication, sensory and tactile stimulation, adjusting activities based on declining abilities, and more.



Civil War

Soldier’s Heart: the Civil War and Treatment of Post-Combat Stress

Date: Wednesday, November 19, 2014, 6:00 PM
Location: Hartford History Center, Downtown Library

History professor Matthew Warchauer will present on the early identification of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder in Connecticut soldiers who served in the Civil War. Based on his book “Inside Connecticut and the Civil War,” the presentation is a new look back to a time nearly 150 years ago, when Connecticut men were treated for post-war psychological trauma.


Hartford Opera Theater

Isabel Acosta ArtWalk Exhibit (September 12-October 24)

Join Hartford Public Library in celebrating the work of Peruvian-born artist Isabel Acosta. Opening reception is Friday, September 12 at 6pm, in our ArtWalk Gallery space at the Downtown Library. Click here for more information.



Arts & Archives Master Classes

Students of all skill levels are welcome to register for our progressive, five-session Master Artist Workshops. Registration is required; enrollment is limited. To register, visit any Library location or call 860-695-6300.

Pen & Ink with Joe Young - A One Book One Hartford Event

Saturdays, November 8, 15, 22, and December 6 and 13, 10:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Hartford History Center, Downtown Library

Join Hartford artist and illustrator Joe Young, creator of the Scruples comic series, for a workshop applying the principles of storytelling to the graphic novel medium.



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.