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Library to Close for Annual Gala Fundraiser

The library will be closed on Saturday, April 26 and Sunday, April 27 for its annual fundraiser. It will reopen Monday, April 28 at 10am.

Stratford History

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.

American Impressionism


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.

Opera for Beginners


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.

My Life in Music with “Dr. Joe”

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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

DIY Programs

Knitting is Back


Learn the basics of knitting from how to hold the needles to “casting on” to “purling” with Stratford’s Stich ‘n’ Bitch group!

Monday, April 28th from 6:30PM-8:00PM
Monday, May 12th from 6:30PM-8:00PM
Monday, June 23rd from 6:30PM-8:00PM

Bring your current project, US size 7 or 8 needles, and a skein of worsted weight yarn.

Please call: (203) 385-4164 or stop by the Reference Department to let us know you’re attending.

We’ll be meeting in the Board Room—see you there!

Chocolate Making with Maria Brandriff


Learn everything you wanted to know about chocolate and the basics of truffle making!

Thursday, May 1st
Lovell Room

Maria will demo and you’ll get to reap the rewards with generous (and oh so delicious) samples!

Limited to 20 participants. Please call: (203) 385-4164 or stop by the Reference Desk to register.

Exercise: Chair Yoga with Yoga Instructor Patti Pelley


Yoga offers many benefits from reduced stress to improved strength and flexibility. Chair yoga is particularly beneficial for
individuals with mobility and/or health issues.

Saturday, June 14th
Lovell Room

Please call: (203) 385-4164 or stop by the Reference Department to let us know you’re attending.

Whitehead, Silhouette Models Subject of Talk at Stratford Library

Kosch, King & Soltis Speakers for “Sunday Afternoon Talks” on May 4th


The Stratford Library will continue “Sunday Afternoon Talks”, its monthly series of informative and entertaining talks featuring prominent local guest speakers, on Sunday, May 4th at 2 pm with educator Andy Kosch and representatives from the Connecticut Air & Space Center. The popular program invites notable locals to speak in an informal atmosphere on a wide range of topics. Whitehead: Connecticut's First Aviator & Silhouettes in the Sky - Identifying the Enemy in WW2 will be the topic of the next “Sunday Afternoon Talks”. It is free and open to the public.

Andy Kosch has been involved in the Gustave Whitehead plane project for the past 30 years, having flown a replica of the Whitehead plane at Sikorsky Memorial Airport in December 1986, or some 85 years after Whitehead successfully flew his heavier-than-air plane in Fairfield. At the Library program, Kosch will give an updated presentation about Whitehead revealing new information that has been discovered in the past year including the recent “60 Minutes” report about the aviator.

The second talk will explore the amazing history behind Silhouette models, the Aircraft Warning Service and how civilians helped protect the home skies on both coasts. Civilians also helped train the young airmen of the Army Air Corp and US Navy to assist in identifying enemy aircraft. Guest speakers are Executive Director Andrew King and Curator and Displays Designer Chris Soltis, both with the Connecticut Air & Space Center. Artifacts will be on display and a question/answer session will follow the presentation.

“Sunday Afternoon Talks” will be held in the Stratford Library’s Lovell Room beginning at 2 pm on Sunday, May 4th. For further information call the library’s Public Relations & Programming Office at 203.385.4162.



The Stratford Library, 2203 Main Street in Stratford, will host former Stratford resident James B. Conroy for a special “Meet-the-Author” program on Tuesday, May 6 at 7 pm. The author will discuss his recently released book, “Our One Common Country: Abraham Lincoln and the Hampton Roads Peace Conference of 1865”. The program is free and open to the public.

The recipient of strong reviews, “Our One Common Country” is a work of popular history and the first book ever published on its subject. In February 1865, Abraham Lincoln slipped quietly out of the White House and traveled south to Virginia to meet Confederate leaders on a steamboat at Hampton Roads. Their goal was a peaceful end to the Civil War. Conroy’s richly detailed and massively researched work tells their story, the first book ever written about the only presidential peace mission in America's wartime history.

James B. Conroy earned a bachelor’s degree at the University of Connecticut in political science and history . He moved to Massachusetts in 1982 and has been a trial lawyer in Boston for 32 years. “Our One Common Country” is his first book, born of a love of history and a lifelong ambition to contribute to it. For the Stratford Library program, Conroy will present a slide show and take questions. Autographed copies of his book will be available for purchase following the program.

“Meet-the-Author: James B. Conroy” will be held in the Lovell Room of the Stratford Library on Tuesday, May 6 at 7 pm. For further information, call 203.385.4162.

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"Monday Matinees" - Enough Said

May 12

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
Lovell Room

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"Monday Matinees" - Man of Steel

June 16

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
Lovell Room

For further information call the library at 203.385.4162.

Our Health in the Balance

Toxic Chemical Trespass


Concerned about your health, your children’s health, and the health of the environment? Find out more when presenters Jerry and Roberta Silbert speak about the implications of various types of toxic chemical trespass, including:

• lawn pesticides
• genetically modified food (GMOs)
• fluoridation of drinking water
• radioactive fracking waste

Tuesday, May 13
6:30 - 8:00 pm
Lovell Room

E-Readers? Tablet computers? MP3 players? iPods?

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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.

Stratford’s Coupon Exchange at the Stratford Library

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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.

Library Sets Dates for CT WORKS Career Coach

A career center on wheels designed to deliver career services and training opportunities.

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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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For Kids Only...

There's a lot happening in the Stratford Library Children's Department. Click here for a list of programs.

Call: 203.385.4165 for further information.

For Teens Only...

Students in grades 7-12 you can get:

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Visit the Teen Zone or stop by Teen Services on the Main Level or call us at 203.385.4167.

Any person with a disability who needs special assistance to participate in a library program should contact the Stratford ADA Coordinator at 385-4020 or 385-4022 (TDD) 5 days before the program.

Read more about Library Services for Patrons with Physical Disabilities

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