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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.

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.

The Art of Storytelling with Dr. Raouf Mama
Saturdays, September 27, October 11, 18, 25, and November 1, 10:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Albany Branch

Learn the art of storytelling from Dr. Raouf Mama, professor of English at Eastern Connecticut State University, author, and award-winning storyteller.

Pen & Ink with Joe Young
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.


“Pedal and Path: Hartford & the Bicycle”

Downtown Library, 3rd Floor
On display September 3 - October 7

George B. Thayer departed Hartford, Connecticut on April 10, 1886, in an attempt to pedal a forty-six inch Expert Columbia “machine” to San Francisco and back again, across 23 states and nearly 11,000 miles. Columbia bicycles were manufactured in Hartford by “Colonel” Augustus Pope on Capitol Avenue in the late 19th century.

Throughout September, Hartford Public Library will showcase vintage Connecticut bicycle maps and images from Hartford’s past association with the bicycle, as well as a 1924 velodrome “track bike,” featuring components manufactured by famous African-American cyclist Marshall “Major” Taylor.

This exhibit is part of Hartford Public Library’s participation in EnvisionFest Hartford festivities on September 20th.


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.


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.