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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!
Superman comic

Comics in the Library

Ages 7 and up. Browse through a variety of graphic novels, discuss their layout and design and then create your own comics using the Comic Creator online tool!

Downtown - Children's Room Monday, November 17, 4:30 pm
Albany Branch Wednesday, November 26, 2:00 pm
Barbour Branch Wednesday, November 12, 4:30 pm
Camp Field Branch Thursday, November 20, 5:00 pm
Goodwin Branch Tuesday, November 18, 5:00 pm
Mark Twain Branch Tuesday, November 4, 3:00 pm
Park Branch Thursday November 20, 4:00 pm
Ropkins Branch Wednesday, November 12, 1:00 pm

NaNoWriMo ComBo Fest

Date: Saturday, November 22, 2014, 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Location: Downtown Library

Celebrate National Novel Writing Month and the Comic
Book genre with local comic talents and giveaways!

Design Your Own Comic

Date: Tuesday, December 16, 2014, 5:30 p.m
Location: Dwight Branch

Learn how to create characters, panels and a story arc for your own comic.




Young Americans Exhibit

Date: On display October 27, 2014 - December 5, 2014
Location: 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.



Hartford Skyline

“Hartford & Beyond” Exhibit Four Decades of Buildings, Boats and Bridges

Date: November 1st, 2014 – December 15, 2014
Location: Downtown Library, 2nd Floor gallery

Hartford artist Chuck Paprzyca tells the story of the changes (and constants) in our local environment and throughout New England with “Hartford and Beyond: Four Decades of Buildings, Boats and Bridges.” An exhibit in the style of the late artist Richard Welling, the pen & ink drawings present stunning detail of area landmarks and celebrate the beauty of Connecticut buildings and other New England treasures. To learn more about Richard Welling, please visit our 3rd floor Hartford History Center. Art enthusiasts can meet Chuck Paprzyca at a light reception on Saturday, November 15 from 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.



Veterans Art

Veterans Art Exhibit: “Soldier’s Heart”

Date: Opening reception Wednesday, November 12, 2014, 5:30 p.m.
Location: Hartford History Center, Downtown Library

Enjoy an exhibit of original artwork created by Connecticut veterans. Presented in partnership with the Connecticut Department of Veterans Affairs and the Veteran s Art Foundation. On display through December 13 during regular Hartford History Center hours.



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

Date: Wednesday, November 19, 2014, 12:00 noon
Location: 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.


Romare Bearden

Art, History and Social Activism: CtFAC Honors Romare Bearden

Date: On display December 17, 2014-March 13, 2015
Location: Downtown Library 3rd Floor Gallery

In honor of the recent arrival of two spectacular Romare Bearden murals at Hartford Public Library, The Connecticut Fiber Arts Collective (CtFAC) presents a special exhibit that pays homage to the stylistic works of Bearden, his commitment to civil rights and his contributions to the African-American jazz and art communities. CtFAC has created a collection of works in textiles, fiber, mixed media and surface design celebrating and recognizing one of the greatest visual artists of the 20th century.

A special reception to meet the artists of CtFAC will be held on January 17, 2015, 1:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m. in the 3rd floor Hartford History Center. This event is free and open to the public.



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.