The Stratford Library, 2203 Main Street in Stratford, CT will be closed on Monday, May 27, 2013 in observance of Memorial Day. The library will reopen on Tuesday, May 28, 2013 at 10 am.
Current library hours are: Monday-Thursday: 10-8 and Friday-Saturday: 10-5. For further library information, call 203.385.4161.
Author Stephen Spignesi Recalls 100-Year-History June 4
The Stratford Library, 2203 Main Street in Stratford, will offer a special historical program, Titanic: The World’s Most Famous Sea Disaster 100 Years Later on Tuesday, June 4 at 7 pm. The program, hosted by author Stephen Spignesi Titanic for Dummies, is free and open to the public.
Stephen Spignesi is a bestselling author of more than 50 books about popular culture, television, film, American history, world history and contemporary fiction. Titanic for Dummies is his fourth Dummies book. The New Haven resident, who has been called “the world’s leading authority on Stephen King” by Entertainment Weekly, is also a novelist, the author of the psychological thriller, Dialogues. Spignesi lectures on a variety of popular culture and historical subjects and is a Practitioner in Residence at the University of New Haven and an Adjunct Professor at Gateway Community College.
Titanic: The World’s Most Famous Sea Disaster 100 years Later will include a slide presentation detailing an all-encompassing exploration of the ship. A question and answer session is planned with book signing to follow. The program will begin at 7 pm in the Library’s Lovell Room on June 4.
For further information, call the Stratford Library Programming Office at 203.385.4162.
Bestselling Romance Novelist To Speak June 8th
The Stratford Library, 2203 Main Street in Stratford, will host bestselling romance author Eloisa James for a special Meet-the-Author program on Saturday, June 8 at 11 am. The popular author will discuss her latest novel, Once Upon a Tower. The program is free and open to the public.
New York Times bestselling author Eloisa James writes historical romances for HarperCollins Publishers and been published to great acclaim. A reviewer from USA Today wrote of James' very first novel that she "found herself devouring the book like a dieter with a Hershey bar"; later People Magazine raved that "romance writing does not get much better than this." Her novels have repeatedly received starred reviews from Publishers' Weekly and Library Journal and regularly appear on the bestseller lists.
After graduating from Harvard University, James got an M.Phil. from Oxford University, a Ph.D. from Yale and eventually became a Shakespeare professor, publishing an academic book with Oxford University Press. Currently she is an associate professor and head of the Creative Writing program at Fordham University in New York City. Her "double life" is a source of fascination to the media and her readers. In her professorial guise, she's written a New York Times op-ed defending romance, as well as articles published everywhere from women's magazines such as Good Housekeeping and More to writers' journals such as the Romance Writers' Report.
Meet-the-Author: Eloisa James will be held in the Lovell Room of the Stratford Library on Saturday, June 8 at 11 am. Autographed copies of Once Upon a Tower will be available for purchase. Light refreshments will be served. Seating is limited. For further information, call 203.385.4164.
Stratford Artist Benjamin Casiano Highlighted through May
"Inspired by Cubism & Abstract Expressionism" is the May art exhibit at the Stratford Library. Original watercolors and acrylics by Stratford artist Benjamin Casiano, who is making his first appearance at the library, will continue throughout the month. The exhibit is free and open to the public.
Born and raised in New York City, Benjamin Casiano has been inspired by the masters since childhood. His work has gone from photorealism to cubism but it is the abstract expressionist movement that has made the most profound effect on where his prolific work is today. Currently painting in acrylics on canvas and mix medium on paper, he minimize the amount of color predominating the variation of form making his work largely confined to a periphery motif. Using mostly geometric form and gradients, his abstracts and figures take an effect with a loose brushstroke technique that creates a form of expressionism. Casiano is a BFA graduate from Pratt Institute and has current shows at The Arte Gallery in New Haven and The Mayor’s Gallery in Stamford.
"Inspired by Cubism & Abstract Expressionism” will be on display in the Main Lobby of the Stratford Library, 2203 Main Street in Stratford through May 31. For further information, call the Library at 203.385.4162.
In the latest chapter of the popular spy series, James Bond’s loyalty to M (Judi Dench) is tested as her past comes back to haunt her. Meanwhile, 007 (Daniel Craig) must track down and destroy a new threat no matter how personal the cost. Javier Bardem is the lethal villian in this exciting entry.
Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. Library doors open at 6:30 pm. Patrons should use the Main Street entrance.
7pm - Lovell Room
PG-13 143 minutes
Matinee replay on Monday, June 17 at noon.
For further information call the library at 203.385.4162.
Program to Assist South End & Sterling House with Ongoing Drive
The Stratford Library, 2203 Main Street, has announced it will be a collection site for donations to assist the food pantries at both Sterling House and the South End Community Center. An ongoing project for the agency, all non-perishable food can be delivered to the Library’s Main Lobby or Children’s Department where collection baskets are currently on site.
Stratford Library Director Barbara Blosveren commented, “The library is an active part of this community and we are happy to assist our friends at Sterling House and the South End Community Center whenever possible. Our staff and patrons can always be counted on to be extremely generous.”
You’ve heard of them. Are they for you? Come to a Library Technology Sandbox.
A Technology Sandbox is a place:
Sandboxes are scheduled for:
In the Lovell Room
All Technology Sandbox hardware generously supplied by the Stratford Library Board.
A career center on wheels designed to deliver career services and training opportunities.
Visitors to the coach will find 10 computer workstations, high speed access to the Internet (via onboard satellite), 42” plasma TV with Smartboard overlay (for training use by the instructor), 10 wireless laptops and exterior plasma TV, interview room and an ADA-compliant lift and workstation for job seekers with disabilities.
Open Sessions are for all job seekers looking for individual help. Basic computer skills are helpful. First come, first served. Limited seating.
Comfort using a PC w/mouse and ability to use email are required for these classes.
The CTWorks Career Coach will be on site at the Stratford Library, 2203 Main Street in Stratford, CT. It is free and open to patrons 16 years of age and older. For further information call Adult Services at 203.385.4164.
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