ArtWalk submissions open August 1.
Free Passes to Connecticut
Science Center Available in August

Hartford residents can pick up free passes to the Connecticut Science Center all during August at any Hartford Public Library branch. The Center, at 250 Columbus Boulevard, has 165 hands-on exhibits.
Special events in August include PIXELMANIA: A MINECRAFT EXPERIENCE (August 12-13); MARTIAL ARTS DAY (August 19); and TOTAL ECLIPSE CELEBRATION (August 21). 
An adult must accompany visitors 15 and younger. Proof of Hartford residency is required. A current driver's license, Hartford Library card, or Hartford City ID will work.
More than 20,000 passes were used over the past five years. The free passes are made possible by the Beatrice Fox Auerbach Foundation Fund at the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving.
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UPDATED TIME: Community Meetings

Hartford Public Library will be holding community meetings at our three branch locations that will be closing in September, and at Ropkins that will offer after-school programs.
These meetings will enable you, our customers, to meet with members of the library’s senior leadership team, including Greg Davis (Board President), Bridget Quinn-Carey (CEO), and Andrea Comer (Chairperson of the Strategic Planning Committee).
We will discuss new services schedules and answer any questions you may have. 

1750 Main Street
Monday, July 31, 6 pm

649 Blue Hills Avenue
Tuesday, August 1, 6 pm

460 New Britain Avenue
Wednesday, August 2, 6 pm

927 Asylum Avenue
Thursday, August 3, 6 pm
Programs & Exhibits
Funky Dawgz Brass Band Camp Concert

Friday, July 28, Noon-12:30 pm

Music students in the Funky Dawgz Brass Band Camp at Charter Oak Cultural Center present a concert on the final day of camp.  The band started at the University of Connecticut and is led by Marvin McNeill. Members teach students the basics of saxophone, trumpet, trombone, flute, clarinet, tuba and percussion.  


ArtWalk Submissions Open August 1
For October 2018-June 2019

ArtWalk at Hartford Public Library offers one of the largest and most stunning exhibition spaces in metropolitan Hartford and the opportunity for Hartford residents and others to view art in a magnificent setting in our city. Exhibitions on the ArtWalk offer an array of art experiences that reflect a variety of media, styles, and cultures in the art world, provide diverse viewing experiences, and allow for many tastes.
Situated on the third floor of the Downtown Library in a space that looks down onto historic Main Street, the gallery offers unique visibility and exposure, adding to the increasing vibrancy of Downtown Hartford. The ArtWalk hanging system’s movable hanging panels allow maximum flexibility for each show.
The stunning state-of-the art gallery was made possible through the generosity of donors, especially the Beatrice Fox Auerbach Foundation at Hartford Foundation for Public Giving.

Submit here

Meet The Weavers
Tour the New Weaving Show
Monday, August 7, 11 am
Exhibition Hall, Third Floor, Downtown
Join us in a  tour of Time to Try Tied Weaves exhibit with the artisans who wove the pieces. 

The Hartford Artisans Weaving Center teaches the ancient craft of hand-weaving, and runs a special program for the blind, and anyone over 55. Each piece in the exhibit was woven by one of those artisans. Join us to meet the artisans, enjoy their beautiful creations, and learn more about the therapeutic benefits of weaving.
All pieces are for sale.

Youth & Family Services


Surcari will have you moving and grooving to irresistible Latin beats. Kids can sing, clap, dance and play Instruments with the band. Learn all about Latin culture through music.


Friday August 11, 11 am - Noon


Friday August 11, 2-3 pm

Henna Workshop

Learn about the ancient art of Henna (or Mehndi) and create your own beautiful henna tattoo design.


Thursday, August 1, 2-3 pm


Thursday, August 3, 1:30-2:30 pm


Tuesday, August 8, 1:30-2:30 pm


Show your home team pride with some DIY Yard Goats swag and prepare for the big game on August 31!


Thursday, August 3, 2-3 pm


Thursday, August 3, 2-3 pm


Wednesday, August 9, 1:30-2:30 pm


Wednesday, August 9, 1:30-2:30 pm


Tuesday, August 15, 1:30-2:30 pm


Thursday, August 24, 2-3 pm

Build a Rube Goldberg Machine!

Artist/educator Jay Mankita guides and inspires kids to construct delightfully complicated contraptions that accomplish simple tasks  using  dominoes, Popsicle sticks, magnets, rubber bands, string, balls and marbles. Goofy fun, and real engineering, with a bit of Rube Goldberg history. 


Monday August 7, 2-4 pm

Children's Book of the Week
Mama's Nightingale: A Story of Immigration and Separation
Edwidge Danticat, illustrations by Leslie Staub

After Saya's mother is sent to an immigration detention center, Saya finds comfort in listening to her mother's warm greeting on their answering machine. To ease the distance between them while she’s in jail, Mama begins sending Saya bedtime stories inspired by Haitian folklore on cassette tape. Moved by her mother's tales and her father's attempts to reunite their family, Saya writes a story of her own—one that just might bring her mother home for good.


Teens & Leadership Workshops

DOWNTOWN, Monday, July 31, 2:30 pm

ROPKINS BRANCH, Tuesday, August 15, 4:00 pm

These one-hour sessions will help teens learn about five qualities of a leader, participate in brainstorming sessions, and identify strong role models.  Participants will also find resources for more information about critical thinking, communication skills, and responsibility. 
YOUmedia Summer Hours

Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Noon-8:00 pm
Fridays, Noon-5 pm
Saturdays, 10 am-5 pm
Get Your Passport At The Library
Travel Necessities
If your plans include travels out of the country, you can apply for a U.S. passport at the Downtown Library, 500 Main St.
The passport office is on the second floor near The American Place.
Hours: Monday through Thursday, 3:30 pm to 7 pm
Saturday, 10 am to 3 pm.
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