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The Center for Contemporary Culture at the downtown library is a  multi-purpose performance and educational space. Equipped with state-of-the art technology, the center is the premier destination for cultural and educational programs, including concerts, author talks, films, children’s programs and special events.

If you're interested in reserving a meeting room for a program or event, please click here to complete our reservation request form. To learn more about other programs click here for the events calendar.
The Way We Lived: Urban Living and Lifestyle in 19th Century Hartford—Lecture with Donald Poland
Tuesday, April 15, 2014 6:00 p.m.
Center for Contemporary Culture, Downtown Library

The birth of the Industrial Revolution forever changed the urban landscape and how cities like Hartford organized around work and home. Urban geographer Donald Poland discusses influential Hartford residents like Horace Bushnell, Catherine Beecher, Frederick Law Olmsted and Harriet Beecher Stowe and their influence on creating the American suburban vision.

More than Books: Libraries, Community & Historic Preservation
Picture show, lecture and discussion by William Hosley
Wednesday, April 16, 2014 6:00 p.m. -7:30 p.m.
Center for Contemporary Culture, Downtown Library

This program, held during National Library Week, revisits 200 years of American library practice and the changes in mission and practice brought on by technology and new community needs. This program is presented in partnership with the Auerbach Art Library at The Wadsworth Atheneum.

Hartford Loves Poetry Grand Finale: A Community Celebration
Saturday, April 19, 2014, 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Downtown Library

The two-week citywide Hartford Loves Poetry festival culminates with a grand finale at our Downtown Library, a day-long poetry reading by participants in more than 16 languages! Performers will include:

Adelia Santa Cruz (Quechua)
Ahalya Desikan (Tamil)
 Alisa Dzananovic (Bosnian)
 An-MingTruxes (Chinese)
Anetsiv Delgado (Spanish)
 Bettina Viereck (German)
 Brenda Liz Cotto (Spanish)
 Donna Fleischer(English)
 Esther McCune (Portuguese )
 Francesco Martini (Italian)
Georgia Stathoulas (Greek)
Idie David (Hungarian)
Isabel Calione (Spanish)
Jesse Marie Kavumpurath (Malayalam)
Lachu Acharya (Nepali)
Maha Darawsha (Arabic)
Maria Cristina Cuerda (Spanish)
 Nilofer Haider (Urdu)
Noeet Bachar (Hebrew)
 Rachna Ramya Agrawal (Hindi)
 Regina G. Chatel (Polish)
Srinivas Mandavalli (Hindi)
Vange Hazle (Jaimaican Dialect)