Coral Reef Representatives To Speak on March 9th
The Stratford Library will continue the 2014 series of “Sunday Afternoon Talks”, its monthly series of informative and entertaining talks featuring prominent local guest speakers, on Sunday, March 9th at 2 pm with “Saltwater Reef Aquarium Set Up for the Home or Office”. The popular monthly program invites notable locals to speak in an informal atmosphere on a wide range of topics.
Speakers Jonathan Eckart and Kris Kazlauskas are owner and manager respectively of The Coral Reef LLC in Stratford. Eckart is a seasoned hobbyist whose dream of working in the marine biology field came to fruition with the opening of the new story last March. Kazlauskas has a BS Degree in zoology from the University of New Haven and a minor in Marine Biology. For the Library program the men will lead a discussion and live demonstration on how to set up a saltwater reef tank. A live 8 gallon nano tank will be on display along with advice about setting up larger systems. With today's new tank technology and available live rock and salt water, setting up a saltwater tank has been greatly simplified. The talk will cover details about the components needed to set up a reef from tank equipment, tank cycling and water parameters to live rock, bio-sand and live species.
“Saltwater Reef Aquarium Set Up for the Home or Office” will be held in the Stratford Library Lovell Room beginning at 2 pm on March 9th. It is free and open to the public. For further information call the Library’s Public Relations & Programming Office at: 203.385.4162.
With spring just around the corner, get your ride in tip-top shape!
From handlebars to tires, you’ll learn the nuts and bolts of how to properly care for your bike and be off exploring the town in no time!
The class is limited to 15. Please call: (203) 385-4164 or stop by the Reference Desk to sign up.
*Remember to bring your bike with you!
Wednesday, March 12th at 6:00pm
Saturday, March 8, 1pm @ Stratford Library
A Step-by-Step Guide to Researching Your Family History. Beth Mariotti from Godfrey Library, a genealogy library in Middletown, will share what you need to know to get started.
Tuesday, March 18, 1pm @ Baldwin Center
Share Your Story – Memoir Writing. Aubrey Moncrieffe, Assistant Professor of Developmental English at Housatonic Community College, will talk about what you need to know to write your own memoir.
Tuesday, April 15, 1pm @ Stratford Library
Facebook for Keeping In Touch with Family & Friends. Librarian Beth Grimes will show you how much fun you can have with Facebook. Learn how to set up an account and share pictures with your family and friends. There will be time for questions. Please call 203-385-4164 or 203-385-4050 to register.
Tuesday, April 22, 1pm @ Baldwin Center
Don’t Know Much about Stratford History? Carol Lovell from the Stratford Historical Society will share facts from Stratford’s interesting past.
Saturday, May 3, 1pm @ Stratford Library
American Impressionism with Artscapades. Learn how this movement arrived in America. Discussion will include the influence of art dealers, the education of American artists in Europe, and the formation of art colonies like the one in Cos Cob, Connecticut.
Tuesday, May 20, 1pm @ Baldwin Center
Meet Alan Mann, the Artistic Director at Opera Theatre of CT. Alan will discuss the opera La Bohème, which is considered the best 1st opera to attend.
Tuesday, June 17, 1pm @ Stratford Library
“Dr. Joe” Utterback, Director of Music at the First Congregational Church will perform classics from the Great American Songbook as well as music he has composed himself.
“All are welcome to attend these free programs.”
The LifeLong Learners project was made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services Grant 138P-OA-14
Iconic Photojournalism Is Celebrated in Stratford
“Captured in Time” is the March art exhibit at the Library. On loan from Hartford TheaterWorks, the documentary photography exhibit includes some of the most iconic examples of American photojournalism ever recorded. The exhibit, which is free and open to the public, will be on display in the library's Main Lobby throughout the month of March. It is being presented in conjunction with the Stratford Square One Theatre Company’s current production of “Time Stands Still”.
The citations for the Pulitzer Prize for Photography praise works that are shocking, powerful, striking, intimate, sensitive and haunting. Photojournalism captures a moment in time and makes a distant truth an immediate reality for the viewer. The exceptional photograph can create a powerful cultural image and gives us the illusion of a shared memory. The Library exhibit includes many iconic photographs whose subjects range from World War II and Vietnam to the Civil Rights movement and Hurricane Katrina.
Viewing hours for “Captured in Time” are Monday-Thursday: 10-8, Friday-Saturday: 10-5 and Sunday: 1-5 pm. The art exhibit will continue through Monday, March 31.
For further information call the library’s Public Relations & Programming Office at 203.385.4162.
The high life leads to high anxiety for a fashionable New York City homemaker in crisis who finds herself forced to live a more modest lifestyle in San Francisco. Woody Allen directs an ensemble cast that includes Cate Blanchett and Alec Baldwin.
PG:13 96 minutes
In this exciting adventure based on true events Tom Hanks portrays Capt. Richard Phillips who is taken hostage by Somali pirates after they hijack his cargo ship. Tense and gripping throughout.
PG:13 134 minutes
Julia Louis-Dreyfus and the late James Gandolfini star in this charming comedy about a divorced woman venturing into a relationship with a sweet man. Things get tricky, however, when she discovers he is the hated ex-husband of her new best friend.
PG:13 93 minutes
In another revival of the Superman legend, reporter Clark Kent must keep his alien origins and fantastic powers hidden from the world at large. But when the Kryptonian General Zod plans to destroy Earth, the Man of Steel springs into heroic action.
PG:13 143 minutes
For further information call the library at 203.385.4162.
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.
Free manufacturers’ coupons. No printing, no hassles.
The Stratford Library Adult Services Department has begun a free coupon program for its patrons. The give-away is in conjunction with Two Frugal Fairfielders, a local blog which provides an online community place to share local affordable ways to live in Fairfield County and promotes frugality as a way to live a simple and prosperous life. Stacks of weekly Smart Source coupon inserts are currently available for public use in wire baskets located near the Main Street entrance of the Library. The coupon program is part of the Library’s ongoing Project Money Smart series.
Patrons are encouraged to visit often for new coupons and, to keep completely up to date, “like” the Two Frugal Fairfielders’ Facebook page and receive a post when new coupons arrive. The Library’s Reference Department has compiled a book display adjacent to the coupons on how to save money and live frugally. The Library also subscribes to Consumer Reports, the bible for the financially savvy. The print magazine is at the SLA Reference Desk, but with a Stratford Library card patrons can access Consumer Reports online on our Get It Online Page. Non-residents should ask at the Reference Desk for database computers.
Patrons are asked to take the coupons they need at each visit and “keep the corner neat!” The Stratford Library, 2203 Main Street is open Monday-Thursday: 10-8 and Friday-Saturday: 10-5. For further information, call the Adult Service Department at 203.385.4161.
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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