Submissions close November 1.
Call to Artists:
Last call to submit to ArtWalk 2017-18!

Submit online via our online submissions manager!

Submissions must include: 

  • Documentation of work: Ten to twelve images of recent and/or current work, or the work specifically being proposed for the ArtWalk exhibition, submitted electronically through our submissions manager. Work should be high-quality jpegs, at least 800x600 pixels but not larger than 1024x768 pixels. Filenames should be formatted: lastname_title.jpg.Up to three minutes of multimedia or time-based work will be viewed by jurors; clearly indicate the segment to be viewed.

  • Image list that corresponds with the submitted portfolio, including title of work, dimensions, medium, and year.

  • Written description of the proposed exhibition, with brief artist's statement.

  • A current resume with contact infromation including address, phone number, email address, and website.

All materials must be submitted by November 1.

Hartford Public Library will be closed on Friday, November 4 for Staff Development Day

The Library will reopen with regular weekend hours on Saturday, November 5.

Vote November 8

If you live in Voting District #22,
Hartford Public Library is your polling place.

We will be open Tuesday,  Nov. 8, from 6 am to 8 pm.

Voting is on the main floor in the Center for Contemporary Culture.

Please use the Arch Street entrance from 6 to 10 am. All entrances open at 10 am.

Construction Update

Construction has started in the Downtown Library as Hartford Public Library prepares to welcome the students and faculty of the new campus of the University of Connecticut, opening in the fall of 2017.

By mid-November updates to the third floor should be completed.  Work will begin on the second floor in the Seminar Room Oct. 31 and in the Learning Lab at the end of this year.

On the second floor the west corridor, containing study rooms 1 through 4, will be closed from Nov. 21 through Nov. 29.  The east corridor, which includes public seating, and classrooms 5 though 8, will be closed from Dec. 7 through Dec. 15.

Main floor renovations will begin in February, 2017 and the Ground floor work starts in April, 2017.

Many of the Library’s ongoing classes have been shifted to rooms that are traditionally available for reservation to the public. Hartford Public Library is doing its best to accommodate as many outside requests as possible, but not all can be honored during construction.

Room reservation requests may be made from the Library’s website homepage. Click here to reserve a room.


Traffic Update

Arch Street will merge to one lane going west from Front Street Crossing to Prospect Street from 9 am to 7 pm, on weekdays beginning Thursday Oct. 27 through Wednesday Nov. 2. The closure will accommodate a crane needed for the UConn downtown campus construction. Police will be on site to manage traffic. The sidewalks will be open for pedestrians.

Marilyn Parkinson Thrall Creates
Caroline M. Hewins Medal
Canton-based sculptor Marilyn Parkinson Thrall is in the final stages of creating the Caroline M. Hewins Medal, which will be unveiled when author Wally Lamb presents it to former HPL Chief Librarian Louise Blalock at Beyond Words on December 1st.

Click here to learn more about Thrall and her work
HPL's Annual Report 2016 is now available!
Woven Threads, Woven Lives
Hands-on Project

Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday
10 am-1 pm on the ArtWalk
Drop-ins welcome

Artist Sandy Fromson invites you to the ArtWalk to take a turn at weaving using your choice of materials. On hand will be silk sari strips, cotton strips, novelty yarns, and a variety of wool and cotton threads.  Individuals are also welcome to bring materials of their own suitable for weaving.

You may sign up in advance for a time slot onsite.

Wallace Stevens Birthday Bash
Saturday, November 5, 2 pm
Center for Contemporary Culture

The Twenty-First Annual WALLACE STEVENS BIRTHDAY BASH will be Saturday, Nov. 5, 2 pm. Author and teacher Glen MacLeod will talk about “Wallace Stevens and Modern Art: Duchamp, Picasso, Matisse.”

Wallace Stevens was deeply interested in the visual arts and habitually thought in terms of analogies between poetry and painting.  He modernized himself and wrote his first mature poems in the midst of the New York Dada movement in the 1910s.  After moving to Hartford he drew inspiration from the Wadsworth Atheneum which was the most modern museum in America during the 1930s.  Stevens’ breakthrough poem “The Man with the Blue Guitar” was inspired by Picasso, the leader of modern art.  His late poetry contains an homage to Matisse, Picasso’s chief rival, who was perhaps equally important to Stevens.

 MacLeod is Professor of English at the University of Connecticut, Waterbury.  He is the author of “Wallace Stevens and Company:  The Harmonium Years, 1913-1923 (1983)” and “Wallace Stevens and Modern Art: From the Armory Show to Abstract Expressionism (1993.)” He is editor of a collection of essays, “Wallace Stevens in Context,” to be be published by Cambridge University Press in March 2017.

The original guest speaker, writer and teacher Paul Mariani, withdrew because of health issues.

Suggested donation is $10. RSVP to  Jim Finnegan,, 860-508-2810

For more information, visit:

Downtown Dance Battle

Saturday, November 5, 11 am - 4 pm

Underground Coalition will host a bboy/bgirl (breakdancing) and all styles dance battle in the Atrium. There will be guest judges, a feature performance, 2on2 battles, and cash prizes for winning teams.
  UConn Writing Center
at Hartford Public Library

Upcoming: November 5 & December 3
Wallace Stevens Writing Room, 3rd floor
First-Come, First-Serve:
please sign up upon arrival
for about an hour of attention

Students, graduate students, and professors from UConn Hartford. We are people interested in writing in all its forms.
We believe the best writing comes as part of a dialogue.

You bring your writing to us and we discuss it with you.

Any stage of writing: planning, drafting, or revising—it’s all welcome.

Any kind of writing:
  • Academic: essays/writing for classes.
  • Professional: resumes, cover letters, applications.
  • Creative: stories long & short, poetry, non-fiction.
  • Personal: letters, memoirs.
  • Multiple levels of attention.
  • Conceptual: content, theme, & organization.
  • Mechanical: sentence structure, clarity, & grammar.
Consulate General of Mexico in New York
“Consulate on Wheels”

November 16th, 17 & 18, 9:00 am—1:30 pm
Center for Contemporary Culture

The Consulate General of Mexico in New York will visit Hartford Public Library with the “Consulate on Wheels” on three consecutive days, providing consular services to Mexican nationals in the greater Hartford area. 

Passport, consular ID cards, and birth certificate/dual citizenship services will be available.   

Appointments: According to the Regulations for the Mobile Consulates and Consulates on Wheels, consular services must be provided by appointments only.  These appointments ARE FREE and can be made by calling 1-877-MEXITEL (1-877-639-4835), from 8:00 AM to 10:00 PM (Monday to Friday) and from 10:00 AM to 7:00 PM (Saturday and Sunday) or online here; or also with the APP; MiConsulmex here.

For more information, contact the Consulate directly by telephone:  (1-877-639-4835) or visit the website here.

Deivone Tanksley,  A Mother's Pain, Part II: Pain, Guilt and Success
at the Author's Table

November 2, 12pm-3pm

This is the story of twin brothers, both with a passion to play professional sports, and how life took them each to unexpected places. Within the narrative is a lesson about the choices that we make in life as teens and young adults, and how these choices can impact the ones that we love.

Youth & Family Services
  Make Your Own Monster

Let your imagination run wild and create your very own friendly monster!
Downtown, Monday, Oct. 31st, 4:00-5:00
Albany Branch, Monday, Oct. 31st, 4:30-5:30

Day of the Dead

Take part in a traditional Mexican holiday that celebrates the loved ones who have passed on. Sample traditional festive food and make a craft to experience the simple beauty of the culture.

Albany Branch, Tuesday, Nov 1st, 4:30-5:30
Goodwin Branch, Tuesday, Nov 1st, 4:00-5:00
Dwight Branch, Tuesday, Nov 1st, 4:00-5:00

First Friends Play Group

Our play and picture book areas are reserved for you! Share toys, books, and music while your child meets other children.

Downtown, Every Monday, 11:00-12:00  

Born to Read Storytime and Play Group

Inspire, stimulate and create a love of reading in your child by visiting the library for developmentally appropriate stories, songs and finger plays. There will be bubbles and parachute games with time for socialization and play time afterwards. No registration is required.

Albany Branch, Wednesday, Nov 2nd, 11:30-12:00

City Kids Story Time

We're so lucky to live in the beautiful city of Hartford, so we're going to sing some songs and tell some stories about city living! 

Dwight Branch, Wednesday, Nov 2nd, 11:00-11:45
Early Childhood Music

Program activity includes singing and chanting, moving to music with scarves, parachutes, balls, and playing assorted percussion instruments.

Barbour Branch Wednesday, Nov 2nd, 4:00-4:30  
Teen Services

Makerspace Challenge

Tuesdays and Thursdays, 4 pm
Downtown Library, 2nd floor

Come to YOUmedia for the twice-weekly Makerspace challenge, following the theme of "It's An Art Thing" in October. Make personalized buttons, swag, phone cases and more. See Makerspace Queen Angelica for each week's project.

Anime Character Creation

Tuesdays 4-6 pm
Downtown Library, 2nd floor

Want to know some principles of creating anime-styled characters? Come to YOUmedia to get in the basics! Talk to mentors Danielle or Issac for more.

Woke Teens Forum

November 8, 1-3 pm
Downtown Library, 2nd floor

Voting & Race

How are voting and race related? How does one affect the other? Get woke to the issues of power and injustice. E-mail for more dates and topics. 

Adult Learning


Presenter: Martey Rhine, Management Solutions & Resources
Wednesday, November 2, 9:00 am to noon, 3rd Floor Wallace Stevens Room

This workshop will cover the basics of building a board, budgeting, operational planning, marketing, and fundraising –all the building blocks your nonprofit organization needs. It will also provide you with the tools, templates, and references for taking the action steps to effectively structure your nonprofit organization and enhance your ability to achieve the mission.

To register: Email your name and email address to

U.S. Citizenship Classes

Cycles are between 12 to 14 weeks and repeat. Legal assistance with application completion and submission included.

Online Learning

Accessible through the library website in the Online Education & Research Section. All free with your library card! Simply log in with your card number and create a user name and password.

  • Learn a New Language: Learn or practice more than 100+ languages using the online learning program Transparent Language.
  • LearningExpress Library™: Build your academic skills in reading, writing, math, and science; prepare for standardized tests, college admissions tests, and professional licensing and certification.
  • Universal Class: Select from over 500 courses in a wide variety of subjects through a program called Universal Class. Learn a new hobby, improve your computer skills, or expand your job or career options. 
  • Career Online High School (COHS)Earn your high school diploma online, must be 24 or older.

American Job Center

Monday-Thursday, 10:00 am-8:00 pm
Fridays 10:00 am-5:00 pm  

Looking for a job? Feeling a bit rusty on your interview skills or bewildered by all the new technology a successful job search demands? We can help! CTWorks Capital Workforce Partners and HPL Library have partnered to bring a CTWorks "American Job Center" to the Downtown Library!

Passport Services

You can apply for a passport at Hartford Public Library. Evening and Saturday hours. 

No appointment needed and photos taken on-site!

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mobile-friendly catalog?
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