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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. 




An Evening with Darko Tresnjak

Thursday, October 23, 2014, 6:00 p.m
Downtown Atrium

Hartford Stage’s Tony Award-Winning Creative Director Darko Tresnjak leads a discussion on the power of the graphic novel in the art of storytelling. The conversation will center around Art Spieglman’s In the Shadow of No Towers, a powerful, introspective visual account of the tragic events of 9/11 and its life-altering aftermath. A One Book One Hartford event.



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.



Hartford Opera Theater

Film Screening & Panel Discussion-“Julia Toda en Mi “

Tuesday October 21, 2014 5:30-8:00 p.m.
Center for Contemporary Culture, Downtown Library

This 2003 portrait by Ivonne Belen draws on the poet's letters and her family's testimony to tell the story of Julia de Burgos's life, illustrating it with archival footage and dramatic reenactments. Cast includes Jacobo Morales, Danny Rivera, Nydia Caro and more.
Spanish with subtitles.



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.



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.