Stratford Library

Thursday January 23, 2020

Every two weeks throughout January we're dropping a fun New Year's-inspired activity for teens to stop in & participate anytime we're open. There are also chances to win prizes for playing! Candy may or may not be involved, too.

New Year's Pop-Up Activity #2: Star Wars : The Child puzzleHelp us complete the puzzle for a sweet reward!

(Pop-Up #2 of 2 runs from 1/21/20 to 2/3/20.)

Please note: All of our Teen Programs are for teens 6th grade through 13th grade.

Every two weeks throughout January we're dropping a fun New Year's-inspired activity for teens to stop in & participate anytime we're open. There are also chances to win prizes for playing! Candy may or may not be involved, too.

New Year's Pop-Up Activity #2: Star Wars : The Child puzzleHelp us complete the puzzle for a sweet reward!

(Pop-Up #2 of 2 runs from 1/21/20 to 2/3/20.)

Please note: All of our Teen Programs are for teens 6th grade through 13th grade.

 
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10:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Baby Lapsit

Music and rhymes for children ages 0-18 months (Once you're really moving and grooving, head to Toddler Time on Mondays!). No need to register - just drop in! 

Snow procedure: If schools are closed, there is no storytime. 

CONTACT: Children's  203.385.4165  childrens@stratfordlibrary.org
LOCATION: Children's Program Room

Music and rhymes for children ages 0-18 months (Once you're really moving and grooving, head to Toddler Time on Mondays!). No need to register - just drop in! 

Snow procedure: If schools are closed, there is no storytime. 

CONTACT:
  Children's
  203.385.4165
  childrens@stratfordlibrary.org

LOCATION: Children's Program Room

 
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6:00 PM - 6:45 PM
Fun with Wintertime

Ages 2-6. Enjoy stories, songs, and a craft. 

Drop-ins are welcome until the program is full!

CONTACT: Children's  203.385.4165  childrens@stratfordlibrary.org
LOCATION: Children's Program Room
There are 17 spaces available.

Ages 2-6. Enjoy stories, songs, and a craft. 

Drop-ins are welcome until the program is full!

CONTACT:
  Children's
  203.385.4165
  childrens@stratfordlibrary.org

LOCATION: Children's Program Room

There are 17 spaces available.

Friday January 24, 2020

Every two weeks throughout January we're dropping a fun New Year's-inspired activity for teens to stop in & participate anytime we're open. There are also chances to win prizes for playing! Candy may or may not be involved, too.

New Year's Pop-Up Activity #2: Star Wars : The Child puzzleHelp us complete the puzzle for a sweet reward!

(Pop-Up #2 of 2 runs from 1/21/20 to 2/3/20.)

Please note: All of our Teen Programs are for teens 6th grade through 13th grade.

Every two weeks throughout January we're dropping a fun New Year's-inspired activity for teens to stop in & participate anytime we're open. There are also chances to win prizes for playing! Candy may or may not be involved, too.

New Year's Pop-Up Activity #2: Star Wars : The Child puzzleHelp us complete the puzzle for a sweet reward!

(Pop-Up #2 of 2 runs from 1/21/20 to 2/3/20.)

Please note: All of our Teen Programs are for teens 6th grade through 13th grade.

 
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10:00 AM - 1:30 PM
Children's open limited hours today

The Children's Department is open from 10 am to 1:30 pm today - if you need materials, please plan your visit accordingly. We will have a limited selection of materials in the Lobby, and will be open Saturday from 10-5 in the Library Lovell Room, our home during construction!

CONTACT: Children's  203.385.4165
LOCATION: Lovell Room

The Children's Department is open from 10 am to 1:30 pm today - if you need materials, please plan your visit accordingly. We will have a limited selection of materials in the Lobby, and will be open Saturday from 10-5 in the Library Lovell Room, our home during construction!

CONTACT:
  Children's
  203.385.4165
  

LOCATION: Lovell Room

 
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10:30 AM - 11:10 AM
Friday Fun

Ages 2-5. Stories and songs, sometimes a craft. No need to register - just drop in.

Snow procedure: If schools are closed, there is no storytime. 

CONTACT: Children's  203.385.4165  childrens@stratfordlibrary.org
LOCATION: Children's Program Room

Ages 2-5. Stories and songs, sometimes a craft. No need to register - just drop in.

Snow procedure: If schools are closed, there is no storytime. 

CONTACT:
  Children's
  203.385.4165
  childrens@stratfordlibrary.org

LOCATION: Children's Program Room

Saturday January 25, 2020

Every two weeks throughout January we're dropping a fun New Year's-inspired activity for teens to stop in & participate anytime we're open. There are also chances to win prizes for playing! Candy may or may not be involved, too.

New Year's Pop-Up Activity #2: Star Wars : The Child puzzleHelp us complete the puzzle for a sweet reward!

(Pop-Up #2 of 2 runs from 1/21/20 to 2/3/20.)

Please note: All of our Teen Programs are for teens 6th grade through 13th grade.

Every two weeks throughout January we're dropping a fun New Year's-inspired activity for teens to stop in & participate anytime we're open. There are also chances to win prizes for playing! Candy may or may not be involved, too.

New Year's Pop-Up Activity #2: Star Wars : The Child puzzleHelp us complete the puzzle for a sweet reward!

(Pop-Up #2 of 2 runs from 1/21/20 to 2/3/20.)

Please note: All of our Teen Programs are for teens 6th grade through 13th grade.

 
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1:30 PM - 2:30 PM
Library LEGO Club

Ages 5-12. Different projects each month. Come and build! 

Please note - the program will be held in library's Board Room on the Lower Level.

CONTACT: Children's  203-385-4165  childrens@stratfordlibrary.org
LOCATION: Board Room

Ages 5-12. Different projects each month. Come and build! 

Please note - the program will be held in library's Board Room on the Lower Level.

CONTACT:
  Children's
  203.385.4165
  childrens@stratfordlibrary.org

LOCATION: Board Room

 
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2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
US Census Job Fair

Stop in to learn about Census Jobs!
 

LOCATION: Lobby
Sunday January 26, 2020

Every two weeks throughout January we're dropping a fun New Year's-inspired activity for teens to stop in & participate anytime we're open. There are also chances to win prizes for playing! Candy may or may not be involved, too.

New Year's Pop-Up Activity #2: Star Wars : The Child puzzleHelp us complete the puzzle for a sweet reward!

(Pop-Up #2 of 2 runs from 1/21/20 to 2/3/20.)

Please note: All of our Teen Programs are for teens 6th grade through 13th grade.

Every two weeks throughout January we're dropping a fun New Year's-inspired activity for teens to stop in & participate anytime we're open. There are also chances to win prizes for playing! Candy may or may not be involved, too.

New Year's Pop-Up Activity #2: Star Wars : The Child puzzleHelp us complete the puzzle for a sweet reward!

(Pop-Up #2 of 2 runs from 1/21/20 to 2/3/20.)

Please note: All of our Teen Programs are for teens 6th grade through 13th grade.

 
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1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Stratford Historical Society Meeting

The meeting will be held at the Perry House today.

LOCATION: Other
Monday January 27, 2020

Every two weeks throughout January we're dropping a fun New Year's-inspired activity for teens to stop in & participate anytime we're open. There are also chances to win prizes for playing! Candy may or may not be involved, too.

New Year's Pop-Up Activity #2: Star Wars : The Child puzzleHelp us complete the puzzle for a sweet reward!

(Pop-Up #2 of 2 runs from 1/21/20 to 2/3/20.)

Please note: All of our Teen Programs are for teens 6th grade through 13th grade.

Every two weeks throughout January we're dropping a fun New Year's-inspired activity for teens to stop in & participate anytime we're open. There are also chances to win prizes for playing! Candy may or may not be involved, too.

New Year's Pop-Up Activity #2: Star Wars : The Child puzzleHelp us complete the puzzle for a sweet reward!

(Pop-Up #2 of 2 runs from 1/21/20 to 2/3/20.)

Please note: All of our Teen Programs are for teens 6th grade through 13th grade.

 
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10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
CT Works Career Coach

Looking for a job? Updating your resume? Visit the CTWorks Career Coach (bus), parked outside the Library!

Hours: 10am-12pm and 1-3pm (closed 12-1 for lunch)

Work one-on one with a coach or participate in a workshop. The Career Coach features computer workstations and Internet access in a classroom setting. The Career Coach is ADA-compliant with a lift and workstation. All sessions are free and open to the public on a first-come, first-served basis. The Coach closes for lunch from noon to 1pm

The CT WORKS Career Coach parks in front of the library on Main Street.

LOCATION: Other

Looking for a job? Updating your resume? Visit the CTWorks Career Coach (bus), parked outside the Library!

Hours: 10am-12pm and 1-3pm (closed 12-1 for lunch)

Work one-on one with a coach or participate in a workshop. The Career Coach features computer workstations and Internet access in a classroom setting. The Career Coach is ADA-compliant with a lift and workstation. All sessions are free and open to the public on a first-come, first-served basis. The Coach closes for lunch from noon to 1pm

The CT WORKS Career Coach parks in front of the library on Main Street.

LOCATION: Other

 
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10:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Toddler Time

Ages 1-2, siblings welcome. Songs, rhymes, music, and books. Enjoy preliteracy activities with your child. There is no registration required for this program - just drop in!

Snow procedure: If schools are closed, there is no storytime. 

CONTACT: Children's  203.385.4165  childrens@stratfordlibrary.org
LOCATION: Children's Program Room

Ages 1-2, siblings welcome. Songs, rhymes, music, and books. Enjoy preliteracy activities with your child. There is no registration required for this program - just drop in!

Snow procedure: If schools are closed, there is no storytime. 

CONTACT:
  Children's
  203.385.4165
  childrens@stratfordlibrary.org

LOCATION: Children's Program Room

 
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4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Teen Volunteer Open House

Attend a drop-in Teen Volunteer Open House session if you are interested in volunteering in the Children's, Teen, and/or uCreate Department!  Orientations will cover registration, responsibilities, & schedules. Teens interested in volunteering must attend ONE of the
following scheduled sessions.
Jan 27  |  4-5 pm  |  Board Room
Jan 29  |  5-6 pm  |  Board Room
Feb 1   | 10:30-11:30 am  | Board Room
CHILDREN'S DEPARTMENT
Teens entering grades 8 to freshman year of college may apply. Teens must be selfmotivated, responsible, & should enjoy working with
children.
TEEN DEPARTMENT
Teens entering grades 8 to freshman year of college may apply. Teens must be selfmotivated, responsible, & detail-oriented. This volunteer opportunity is perfect for teens seeking workplace experience before their first job.
UCREATE SPACE
Teens entering grades 9 through freshman year of college may. Teens will work both independently & in a team environment.Teens must have an interest in emerging technologies, be selfmotivated, & responsible.

CONTACT: Teresa  203-385-4167  tneville@stratfordlibrary.org
LOCATION: Board Room

Attend a drop-in Teen Volunteer Open House session if you are interested in volunteering in the Children's, Teen, and/or uCreate Department!  Orientations will cover registration, responsibilities, & schedules. Teens interested in volunteering must attend ONE of the
following scheduled sessions.
Jan 27  |  4-5 pm  |  Board Room
Jan 29  |  5-6 pm  |  Board Room
Feb 1   | 10:30-11:30 am  | Board Room
CHILDREN'S DEPARTMENT
Teens entering grades 8 to freshman year of college may apply. Teens must be selfmotivated, responsible, & should enjoy working with
children.
TEEN DEPARTMENT
Teens entering grades 8 to freshman year of college may apply. Teens must be selfmotivated, responsible, & detail-oriented. This volunteer opportunity is perfect for teens seeking workplace experience before their first job.
UCREATE SPACE
Teens entering grades 9 through freshman year of college may. Teens will work both independently & in a team environment.Teens must have an interest in emerging technologies, be selfmotivated, & responsible.

CONTACT:
  Teresa
  203.385.4167
  tneville@stratfordlibrary.org

LOCATION: Board Room

 
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4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Write Your Own Book

Grades 2-6. Children will meet to write stories on the theme of "animals," real or imaginary! Then the librarians will collect the stories into a printed book. Calling all authors! Register on the January 27 entry - children need to be present by the second meeting - February 3 - to participate. Children and families are responsible for completing and submitting work on time if they miss a session. Courtesy of the Carol Pieper Memorial Fund. 

CONTACT: Children's  203.385.4165  childrens@stratfordlibrary.org
LOCATION: Children's Program Room
There are 6 spaces available.

Grades 2-6. Children will meet to write stories on the theme of "animals," real or imaginary! Then the librarians will collect the stories into a printed book. Calling all authors! Register on the January 27 entry - children need to be present by the second meeting - February 3 - to participate. Children and families are responsible for completing and submitting work on time if they miss a session. Courtesy of the Carol Pieper Memorial Fund. 

CONTACT:
  Children's
  203.385.4165
  childrens@stratfordlibrary.org

LOCATION: Children's Program Room

There are 6 spaces available.

 
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6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Coloring & Coffee

Relax and reduce stress with coloring for adults.
The library will provide coffee, coloring pages, colored pencils, markers and crayons. You are also welcome to bring your own coloring materials.  Stop in and color!

Please note: This is an adults only program

LOCATION: Board Room

Relax and reduce stress with coloring for adults.
The library will provide coffee, coloring pages, colored pencils, markers and crayons. You are also welcome to bring your own coloring materials.  Stop in and color!

Please note: This is an adults only program

LOCATION: Board Room

Tuesday January 28, 2020

Every two weeks throughout January we're dropping a fun New Year's-inspired activity for teens to stop in & participate anytime we're open. There are also chances to win prizes for playing! Candy may or may not be involved, too.

New Year's Pop-Up Activity #2: Star Wars : The Child puzzleHelp us complete the puzzle for a sweet reward!

(Pop-Up #2 of 2 runs from 1/21/20 to 2/3/20.)

Please note: All of our Teen Programs are for teens 6th grade through 13th grade.

Every two weeks throughout January we're dropping a fun New Year's-inspired activity for teens to stop in & participate anytime we're open. There are also chances to win prizes for playing! Candy may or may not be involved, too.

New Year's Pop-Up Activity #2: Star Wars : The Child puzzleHelp us complete the puzzle for a sweet reward!

(Pop-Up #2 of 2 runs from 1/21/20 to 2/3/20.)

Please note: All of our Teen Programs are for teens 6th grade through 13th grade.

 
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10:30 AM - 11:15 AM
Preschool Power Hour

Ages 3-5. Stories, songs, and usually a craft. No need to register - please drop in. 

Snow procedure: If schools are closed, there is no storytime. 

CONTACT: Children's  203.385.4165  childrens@stratfordlibrary.org
LOCATION: Children's Program Room

Ages 3-5. Stories, songs, and usually a craft. No need to register - please drop in. 

Snow procedure: If schools are closed, there is no storytime. 

CONTACT:
  Children's
  203.385.4165
  childrens@stratfordlibrary.org

LOCATION: Children's Program Room

 
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1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
Lifelong Learners - Korean Lotus Lanterns

Learn the history of the Lotus Lantern and enjoy a traditional Korean Dessert with the Korean Spirit & Culture Promotion Project, then make and take home your own Lotus Lantern.

Korean Spirit & Culture Promotion Project is a not-for-profit organization that was formed to promote Korean history and culture to the wider world.

Lifelong Learners programs are co-sponsored by Stratford Library and Stratford Senior Services.

Registration required.
This program is completely full.

LOCATION: Baldwin Center
The registration period has ended.

Learn the history of the Lotus Lantern and enjoy a traditional Korean Dessert with the Korean Spirit & Culture Promotion Project, then make and take home your own Lotus Lantern.

Korean Spirit & Culture Promotion Project is a not-for-profit organization that was formed to promote Korean history and culture to the wider world.

Lifelong Learners programs are co-sponsored by Stratford Library and Stratford Senior Services.

Registration required.
This program is completely full.

LOCATION: Baldwin Center

The registration period has ended.

Wednesday January 29, 2020

Every two weeks throughout January we're dropping a fun New Year's-inspired activity for teens to stop in & participate anytime we're open. There are also chances to win prizes for playing! Candy may or may not be involved, too.

New Year's Pop-Up Activity #2: Star Wars : The Child puzzleHelp us complete the puzzle for a sweet reward!

(Pop-Up #2 of 2 runs from 1/21/20 to 2/3/20.)

Please note: All of our Teen Programs are for teens 6th grade through 13th grade.

Every two weeks throughout January we're dropping a fun New Year's-inspired activity for teens to stop in & participate anytime we're open. There are also chances to win prizes for playing! Candy may or may not be involved, too.

New Year's Pop-Up Activity #2: Star Wars : The Child puzzleHelp us complete the puzzle for a sweet reward!

(Pop-Up #2 of 2 runs from 1/21/20 to 2/3/20.)

Please note: All of our Teen Programs are for teens 6th grade through 13th grade.

 
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12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Books Over Coffee: NEWS OF THE WORLD

Monthly book discussion program.

National Book Award Finalist—Fiction

In the aftermath of the Civil War, an aging itinerant news reader agrees to transport a young captive of the Kiowa back to her people in this exquisitely rendered, morally complex, multilayered novel of historical fiction from the author of Enemy Women that explores the boundaries of family, responsibility, honor, and trust.

In the wake of the Civil War, Captain Jefferson Kyle Kidd travels through northern Texas, giving live readings from newspapers to paying audiences hungry for news of the world. An elderly widower who has lived through three wars and fought in two of them, the captain enjoys his rootless, solitary existence.

In Wichita Falls, he is offered a $50 gold piece to deliver a young orphan to her relatives in San Antonio. Four years earlier, a band of Kiowa raiders killed Johanna’s parents and sister; sparing the little girl, they raised her as one of their own. Recently rescued by the U.S. army, the ten-year-old has once again been torn away from the only home she knows.

Their 400-mile journey south through unsettled territory and unforgiving terrain proves difficult and at times dangerous. Johanna has forgotten the English language, tries to escape at every opportunity, throws away her shoes, and refuses to act “civilized.” Yet as the miles pass, the two lonely survivors tentatively begin to trust each other, forming a bond that marks the difference between life and death in this treacherous land.

Arriving in San Antonio, the reunion is neither happy nor welcome. The captain must hand Johanna over to an aunt and uncle she does not remember—strangers who regard her as an unwanted burden. A respectable man, Captain Kidd is faced with a terrible choice: abandon the girl to her fate or become—in the eyes of the law—a kidnapper himself.

LOCATION: Board Room

Monthly book discussion program.

National Book Award Finalist—Fiction

In the aftermath of the Civil War, an aging itinerant news reader agrees to transport a young captive of the Kiowa back to her people in this exquisitely rendered, morally complex, multilayered novel of historical fiction from the author of Enemy Women that explores the boundaries of family, responsibility, honor, and trust.

In the wake of the Civil War, Captain Jefferson Kyle Kidd travels through northern Texas, giving live readings from newspapers to paying audiences hungry for news of the world. An elderly widower who has lived through three wars and fought in two of them, the captain enjoys his rootless, solitary existence.

In Wichita Falls, he is offered a $50 gold piece to deliver a young orphan to her relatives in San Antonio. Four years earlier, a band of Kiowa raiders killed Johanna’s parents and sister; sparing the little girl, they raised her as one of their own. Recently rescued by the U.S. army, the ten-year-old has once again been torn away from the only home she knows.

Their 400-mile journey south through unsettled territory and unforgiving terrain proves difficult and at times dangerous. Johanna has forgotten the English language, tries to escape at every opportunity, throws away her shoes, and refuses to act “civilized.” Yet as the miles pass, the two lonely survivors tentatively begin to trust each other, forming a bond that marks the difference between life and death in this treacherous land.

Arriving in San Antonio, the reunion is neither happy nor welcome. The captain must hand Johanna over to an aunt and uncle she does not remember—strangers who regard her as an unwanted burden. A respectable man, Captain Kidd is faced with a terrible choice: abandon the girl to her fate or become—in the eyes of the law—a kidnapper himself.

LOCATION: Board Room

 
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5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Teen Volunteer Open House

Attend a drop-in Teen Volunteer Open House session if you are interested in volunteering in the Children's, Teen, and/or uCreate Department!  Orientations will cover registration, responsibilities, & schedules. Teens interested in volunteering must attend ONE of the
following scheduled sessions.
Jan 27  |  4-5 pm  |  Board Room
Jan 29  |  5-6 pm  |  Board Room
Feb 1   | 10:30-11:30 am  | Board Room
CHILDREN'S DEPARTMENT
Teens entering grades 8 to freshman year of college may apply. Teens must be selfmotivated, responsible, & should enjoy working with
children.
TEEN DEPARTMENT
Teens entering grades 8 to freshman year of college may apply. Teens must be selfmotivated, responsible, & detail-oriented. This volunteer opportunity is perfect for teens seeking workplace experience before their first job.
UCREATE SPACE
Teens entering grades 9 through freshman year of college may. Teens will work both independently & in a team environment.Teens must have an interest in emerging technologies, be selfmotivated, & responsible.

CONTACT: Teresa  203-385-4167  tneville@stratfordlibrary.org
LOCATION: Board Room

Attend a drop-in Teen Volunteer Open House session if you are interested in volunteering in the Children's, Teen, and/or uCreate Department!  Orientations will cover registration, responsibilities, & schedules. Teens interested in volunteering must attend ONE of the
following scheduled sessions.
Jan 27  |  4-5 pm  |  Board Room
Jan 29  |  5-6 pm  |  Board Room
Feb 1   | 10:30-11:30 am  | Board Room
CHILDREN'S DEPARTMENT
Teens entering grades 8 to freshman year of college may apply. Teens must be selfmotivated, responsible, & should enjoy working with
children.
TEEN DEPARTMENT
Teens entering grades 8 to freshman year of college may apply. Teens must be selfmotivated, responsible, & detail-oriented. This volunteer opportunity is perfect for teens seeking workplace experience before their first job.
UCREATE SPACE
Teens entering grades 9 through freshman year of college may. Teens will work both independently & in a team environment.Teens must have an interest in emerging technologies, be selfmotivated, & responsible.

CONTACT:
  Teresa
  203.385.4167
  tneville@stratfordlibrary.org

LOCATION: Board Room

 
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6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
125th Committee Meeting

Planning meeting for the Library's 125th Anniversary celebration.

LOCATION: Director's Office

Planning meeting for the Library's 125th Anniversary celebration.

LOCATION: Director's Office

 
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6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
uCreate: Tabletop Gaming - Spy Night!

Calling all decoders, operatives, and spies! Explore the uCreate Space's tabletop games collection... undercover! Join us for a night of espionage-themed tabletop gaming featuring tabletop games like: Codenames, Avalon, The Resistance, and Secret Hitler. All ages are welcome; anyone under 13 must be accompanied by a parent/guardian. No previous tabletop gaming experience necessary (we'll teach you!). No registration required. There will be snacks!

This session's featured game: The Resistance! A game of secret identies, deduction, and deception...

CONTACT: Chris  ucreate@stratfordlibrary.org
LOCATION: Board Room

Calling all decoders, operatives, and spies! Explore the uCreate Space's tabletop games collection... undercover! Join us for a night of espionage-themed tabletop gaming featuring tabletop games like: Codenames, Avalon, The Resistance, and Secret Hitler. All ages are welcome; anyone under 13 must be accompanied by a parent/guardian. No previous tabletop gaming experience necessary (we'll teach you!). No registration required. There will be snacks!

This session's featured game: The Resistance! A game of secret identies, deduction, and deception...

CONTACT:
  Chris
  
  ucreate@stratfordlibrary.org

LOCATION: Board Room

Thursday January 30, 2020

Every two weeks throughout January we're dropping a fun New Year's-inspired activity for teens to stop in & participate anytime we're open. There are also chances to win prizes for playing! Candy may or may not be involved, too.

New Year's Pop-Up Activity #2: Star Wars : The Child puzzleHelp us complete the puzzle for a sweet reward!

(Pop-Up #2 of 2 runs from 1/21/20 to 2/3/20.)

Please note: All of our Teen Programs are for teens 6th grade through 13th grade.

Every two weeks throughout January we're dropping a fun New Year's-inspired activity for teens to stop in & participate anytime we're open. There are also chances to win prizes for playing! Candy may or may not be involved, too.

New Year's Pop-Up Activity #2: Star Wars : The Child puzzleHelp us complete the puzzle for a sweet reward!

(Pop-Up #2 of 2 runs from 1/21/20 to 2/3/20.)

Please note: All of our Teen Programs are for teens 6th grade through 13th grade.

 
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10:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Baby Lapsit

Music and rhymes for children ages 0-18 months (Once you're really moving and grooving, head to Toddler Time on Mondays!). No need to register - just drop in! 

Snow procedure: If schools are closed, there is no storytime. 

CONTACT: Children's  203.385.4165  childrens@stratfordlibrary.org
LOCATION: Children's Program Room

Music and rhymes for children ages 0-18 months (Once you're really moving and grooving, head to Toddler Time on Mondays!). No need to register - just drop in! 

Snow procedure: If schools are closed, there is no storytime. 

CONTACT:
  Children's
  203.385.4165
  childrens@stratfordlibrary.org

LOCATION: Children's Program Room

 
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6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
uCreate: 3D Printing for Beginners

Welcome to the world of 3D printing! In this introductory session, you'll learn where to search for and how to download 3D designs, how to modify 3D designs using Cura software, and how to operate the Library's Monoprice Ultimate 3D printer. Then, sign up for a one-on-one session to come back to print your model of choice and become 3D printing certified at the Library. For ages 13 and up. Registration begins on 12/30/19.

CONTACT: Chris  ucreate@stratfordlibrary.org
LOCATION: Board Room
There are 8 spaces available.

Welcome to the world of 3D printing! In this introductory session, you'll learn where to search for and how to download 3D designs, how to modify 3D designs using Cura software, and how to operate the Library's Monoprice Ultimate 3D printer. Then, sign up for a one-on-one session to come back to print your model of choice and become 3D printing certified at the Library. For ages 13 and up. Registration begins on 12/30/19.

CONTACT:
  Chris
  
  ucreate@stratfordlibrary.org

LOCATION: Board Room

There are 8 spaces available.

Friday January 31, 2020

Every two weeks throughout January we're dropping a fun New Year's-inspired activity for teens to stop in & participate anytime we're open. There are also chances to win prizes for playing! Candy may or may not be involved, too.

New Year's Pop-Up Activity #2: Star Wars : The Child puzzleHelp us complete the puzzle for a sweet reward!

(Pop-Up #2 of 2 runs from 1/21/20 to 2/3/20.)

Please note: All of our Teen Programs are for teens 6th grade through 13th grade.

Every two weeks throughout January we're dropping a fun New Year's-inspired activity for teens to stop in & participate anytime we're open. There are also chances to win prizes for playing! Candy may or may not be involved, too.

New Year's Pop-Up Activity #2: Star Wars : The Child puzzleHelp us complete the puzzle for a sweet reward!

(Pop-Up #2 of 2 runs from 1/21/20 to 2/3/20.)

Please note: All of our Teen Programs are for teens 6th grade through 13th grade.

 
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10:30 AM - 11:10 AM
Friday Fun

Ages 2-5. Stories and songs, sometimes a craft. No need to register - just drop in.

Snow procedure: If schools are closed, there is no storytime. 

CONTACT: Children's  203.385.4165  childrens@stratfordlibrary.org
LOCATION: Children's Program Room

Ages 2-5. Stories and songs, sometimes a craft. No need to register - just drop in.

Snow procedure: If schools are closed, there is no storytime. 

CONTACT:
  Children's
  203.385.4165
  childrens@stratfordlibrary.org

LOCATION: Children's Program Room

 
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2:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Teen Movie Afternoon - Detective Pikachu

Join us for the latest blockbuster movie with friends & snacks!

Teen Movie Afternoon – Detective Pikachu (PG; 105 minutes)

Tim teams up with his father's former Pokémon partner, wise-cracking, adorable super-sleuth Detective Pikachu to solve the mystery of his father's disappearance. Plot twist: Tim is the only human who can talk with Pikachu! Duh dun dun! Rated PG; 105 minutes.

Please note: All of our Teen Programs are for teens entering 6th grade through 13th grade.

 

LOCATION: Lovell Room

Join us for the latest blockbuster movie with friends & snacks!

Teen Movie Afternoon – Detective Pikachu (PG; 105 minutes)

Tim teams up with his father's former Pokémon partner, wise-cracking, adorable super-sleuth Detective Pikachu to solve the mystery of his father's disappearance. Plot twist: Tim is the only human who can talk with Pikachu! Duh dun dun! Rated PG; 105 minutes.

Please note: All of our Teen Programs are for teens entering 6th grade through 13th grade.

 

LOCATION: Lovell Room

Saturday February 1, 2020

Every two weeks throughout January we're dropping a fun New Year's-inspired activity for teens to stop in & participate anytime we're open. There are also chances to win prizes for playing! Candy may or may not be involved, too.

New Year's Pop-Up Activity #2: Star Wars : The Child puzzleHelp us complete the puzzle for a sweet reward!

(Pop-Up #2 of 2 runs from 1/21/20 to 2/3/20.)

Please note: All of our Teen Programs are for teens 6th grade through 13th grade.

Every two weeks throughout January we're dropping a fun New Year's-inspired activity for teens to stop in & participate anytime we're open. There are also chances to win prizes for playing! Candy may or may not be involved, too.

New Year's Pop-Up Activity #2: Star Wars : The Child puzzleHelp us complete the puzzle for a sweet reward!

(Pop-Up #2 of 2 runs from 1/21/20 to 2/3/20.)

Please note: All of our Teen Programs are for teens 6th grade through 13th grade.

 
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Take Your Child to the Library Day

It's international Take Your Child to the Library Day! This year's Theme is Design It, Build It. Please drop by at any time for fun! 

There are events all day:
10:30 am. Construction Storytime
11:30 am Architects at Work. Build with unusual materials!
1:30 pm. Neighborhood of Make Believe. Imagine, build, and play.
1:30 pm. LEGO Build in the Library Lobby.
2:30 pm. Ramps and Rollers. Build marble runs.
3:30 pm. Build and join our reading fort. 

All day: Free books, beading bling, make bookends, reading challenge.

Reading activities courtesy of the Carol Pieper Memorial Fund. 

CONTACT: Children's  203-385-4165  childrens@stratfordlibrary.org
LOCATION: Lovell Room
There are 118 spaces available.

It's international Take Your Child to the Library Day! This year's Theme is Design It, Build It. Please drop by at any time for fun! 

There are events all day:
10:30 am. Construction Storytime
11:30 am Architects at Work. Build with unusual materials!
1:30 pm. Neighborhood of Make Believe. Imagine, build, and play.
1:30 pm. LEGO Build in the Library Lobby.
2:30 pm. Ramps and Rollers. Build marble runs.
3:30 pm. Build and join our reading fort. 

All day: Free books, beading bling, make bookends, reading challenge.

Reading activities courtesy of the Carol Pieper Memorial Fund. 

CONTACT:
  Children's
  203.385.4165
  childrens@stratfordlibrary.org

LOCATION: Lovell Room

There are 118 spaces available.

 
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10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Teen Volunteer Open House

Attend a drop-in Teen Volunteer Open House session if you are interested in volunteering in the Children's, Teen, and/or uCreate Department!  Orientations will cover registration, responsibilities, & schedules. Teens interested in volunteering must attend ONE of the
following scheduled sessions.
Jan 27  |  4-5 pm  |  Board Room
Jan 29  |  5-6 pm  |  Board Room
Feb 1   | 10:30-11:30 am  | Board Room
CHILDREN'S DEPARTMENT
Teens entering grades 8 to freshman year of college may apply. Teens must be selfmotivated, responsible, & should enjoy working with
children.
TEEN DEPARTMENT
Teens entering grades 8 to freshman year of college may apply. Teens must be selfmotivated, responsible, & detail-oriented. This volunteer opportunity is perfect for teens seeking workplace experience before their first job.
UCREATE SPACE
Teens entering grades 9 through freshman year of college may. Teens will work both independently & in a team environment.Teens must have an interest in emerging technologies, be selfmotivated, & responsible.

CONTACT: Teresa  203-385-4167  tneville@stratfordlibrary.org
LOCATION: Board Room

Attend a drop-in Teen Volunteer Open House session if you are interested in volunteering in the Children's, Teen, and/or uCreate Department!  Orientations will cover registration, responsibilities, & schedules. Teens interested in volunteering must attend ONE of the
following scheduled sessions.
Jan 27  |  4-5 pm  |  Board Room
Jan 29  |  5-6 pm  |  Board Room
Feb 1   | 10:30-11:30 am  | Board Room
CHILDREN'S DEPARTMENT
Teens entering grades 8 to freshman year of college may apply. Teens must be selfmotivated, responsible, & should enjoy working with
children.
TEEN DEPARTMENT
Teens entering grades 8 to freshman year of college may apply. Teens must be selfmotivated, responsible, & detail-oriented. This volunteer opportunity is perfect for teens seeking workplace experience before their first job.
UCREATE SPACE
Teens entering grades 9 through freshman year of college may. Teens will work both independently & in a team environment.Teens must have an interest in emerging technologies, be selfmotivated, & responsible.

CONTACT:
  Teresa
  203.385.4167
  tneville@stratfordlibrary.org

LOCATION: Board Room

Sunday February 2, 2020

Every two weeks throughout January we're dropping a fun New Year's-inspired activity for teens to stop in & participate anytime we're open. There are also chances to win prizes for playing! Candy may or may not be involved, too.

New Year's Pop-Up Activity #2: Star Wars : The Child puzzleHelp us complete the puzzle for a sweet reward!

(Pop-Up #2 of 2 runs from 1/21/20 to 2/3/20.)

Please note: All of our Teen Programs are for teens 6th grade through 13th grade.

Every two weeks throughout January we're dropping a fun New Year's-inspired activity for teens to stop in & participate anytime we're open. There are also chances to win prizes for playing! Candy may or may not be involved, too.

New Year's Pop-Up Activity #2: Star Wars : The Child puzzleHelp us complete the puzzle for a sweet reward!

(Pop-Up #2 of 2 runs from 1/21/20 to 2/3/20.)

Please note: All of our Teen Programs are for teens 6th grade through 13th grade.

 
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1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Children's Department open 1-2, 4-5 pm today

As part of our renovation and relocation project, the Children's Department will be open from 1-2 pm and 4-5 pm today in the Library Lovell Room. A limited number of materials will be available in the Lobby from 2-4 pm. The Children's Department will be open Sundays 2/12 and 2/26 from 1-5 pm. 

CONTACT: Children's
LOCATION: Children's Dept.

As part of our renovation and relocation project, the Children's Department will be open from 1-2 pm and 4-5 pm today in the Library Lovell Room. A limited number of materials will be available in the Lobby from 2-4 pm. The Children's Department will be open Sundays 2/12 and 2/26 from 1-5 pm. 

CONTACT:
  Children's
  
  

LOCATION: Children's Dept.

 
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2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Sunday Afternoon Talks: Travel Talk

Travelogue talk by Dan Lamberty and Elsa Cantor.

Free and open to the public.

LOCATION: Lovell Room

Travelogue talk by Dan Lamberty and Elsa Cantor.

Free and open to the public.

LOCATION: Lovell Room

Monday February 3, 2020

Every two weeks throughout January we're dropping a fun New Year's-inspired activity for teens to stop in & participate anytime we're open. There are also chances to win prizes for playing! Candy may or may not be involved, too.

New Year's Pop-Up Activity #2: Star Wars : The Child puzzleHelp us complete the puzzle for a sweet reward!

(Pop-Up #2 of 2 runs from 1/21/20 to 2/3/20.)

Please note: All of our Teen Programs are for teens 6th grade through 13th grade.

Every two weeks throughout January we're dropping a fun New Year's-inspired activity for teens to stop in & participate anytime we're open. There are also chances to win prizes for playing! Candy may or may not be involved, too.

New Year's Pop-Up Activity #2: Star Wars : The Child puzzleHelp us complete the puzzle for a sweet reward!

(Pop-Up #2 of 2 runs from 1/21/20 to 2/3/20.)

Please note: All of our Teen Programs are for teens 6th grade through 13th grade.

 
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10:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Toddler Time

Ages 1-2 with siblings welcome. Enjoy songs, rhymes, and other preliteracy activities. No need to register - just drop in!

If schools are canceled due to weather, there is no storytime. 

CONTACT: Children's  203.385.4165  childrens@stratfordlibrary.org
LOCATION: Lovell Room

Ages 1-2 with siblings welcome. Enjoy songs, rhymes, and other preliteracy activities. No need to register - just drop in!

If schools are canceled due to weather, there is no storytime. 

CONTACT:
  Children's
  203.385.4165
  childrens@stratfordlibrary.org

LOCATION: Lovell Room

 
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11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Monday Morning Buzz
LOCATION: Board Room
 
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4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Write Your Own Book

Grades 2-6. Children will meet to write stories on the theme of "animals," real or imaginary! Then the librarians will collect the stories into a printed book. Calling all authors! Register on the January 27 entry - children need to be present by the second meeting - February 3 - to participate. Children and families are responsible for completing and submitting work on time if they miss a session. Courtesy of the Carol Pieper Memorial Fund. 

CONTACT: Children's  203.385.4165  childrens@stratfordlibrary.org
LOCATION: Children's Program Room

Grades 2-6. Children will meet to write stories on the theme of "animals," real or imaginary! Then the librarians will collect the stories into a printed book. Calling all authors! Register on the January 27 entry - children need to be present by the second meeting - February 3 - to participate. Children and families are responsible for completing and submitting work on time if they miss a session. Courtesy of the Carol Pieper Memorial Fund. 

CONTACT:
  Children's
  203.385.4165
  childrens@stratfordlibrary.org

LOCATION: Children's Program Room

Tuesday February 4, 2020
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10:30 AM - 11:15 AM
Preschool Power Hour

Ages 3-5. Storytime with songs and a craft. No need to register - just drop in!

If Stratford schools are closed due to weather, there is no storytime. 

CONTACT: Children's  203.385.4165  childrens@stratfordlibrary.org
LOCATION: Lovell Room

Ages 3-5. Storytime with songs and a craft. No need to register - just drop in!

If Stratford schools are closed due to weather, there is no storytime. 

CONTACT:
  Children's
  203.385.4165
  childrens@stratfordlibrary.org

LOCATION: Lovell Room

 
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6:45 PM - 8:00 PM
Classic Mystery Book Discussion

"The Leavenworth Case" by Anna Katharine Green - Join our Classic Mystery discussion this month with discussion of "The Leavenworth Case", published in1878, nine years before the debut of Sherlock Holmes!  The book was extremely popular, and the author went on to become a bestselling novelist.  Yale even assigned the book to its law students, for its insights into the risks of circumstantial evidence!  Extra copies available at the Checkout Desk.

LOCATION: Board Room

"The Leavenworth Case" by Anna Katharine Green - Join our Classic Mystery discussion this month with discussion of "The Leavenworth Case", published in1878, nine years before the debut of Sherlock Holmes!  The book was extremely popular, and the author went on to become a bestselling novelist.  Yale even assigned the book to its law students, for its insights into the risks of circumstantial evidence!  Extra copies available at the Checkout Desk.

LOCATION: Board Room

Wednesday February 5, 2020
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4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Valentine Scratch Art

Use Rainbow White Scratch Art paper to create a special Valentine themed greeting or piece of framable art for someone special in your life. For children ages 5 and up. Please be aware that Scratch Art requires the use of a sharp pointed tool.

LOCATION: Lovell Room
There are 13 spaces available.

Use Rainbow White Scratch Art paper to create a special Valentine themed greeting or piece of framable art for someone special in your life. For children ages 5 and up. Please be aware that Scratch Art requires the use of a sharp pointed tool.

LOCATION: Lovell Room

There are 13 spaces available.

 

Join the library’s drop-in knitting program! Make new friends, get tips and share ideas while working on your own projects. New to knitting but want to give it a try? We have needles and yarn for you to test out. No registration required.

LOCATION: Board Room

Join the library’s drop-in knitting program! Make new friends, get tips and share ideas while working on your own projects. New to knitting but want to give it a try? We have needles and yarn for you to test out. No registration required.

LOCATION: Board Room

Thursday February 6, 2020
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10:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Baby Lapsit

Lapsitters 0 to 18 months. Songs, rhymes, and bounces. Once your little one is walking, move over to Toddler Time on Mondays!

No need to register, just drop in.

If Stratford schools are canceled due to weather, there is no storytime. 

CONTACT: Children's  203.385.4165  childrens@stratfordlibrary.org
LOCATION: Lovell Room

Lapsitters 0 to 18 months. Songs, rhymes, and bounces. Once your little one is walking, move over to Toddler Time on Mondays!

No need to register, just drop in.

If Stratford schools are canceled due to weather, there is no storytime. 

CONTACT:
  Children's
  203.385.4165
  childrens@stratfordlibrary.org

LOCATION: Lovell Room

 
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6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Harry Potter Triwizard Trivia

Celebrate international Harry Potter Book Night with us! Trivia from books 1-4 with some fun Triwizard Trivia and Harry Potter themed refreshments. All ages 7 to adult welcome. Register if you want a reminder - drop ins welcome as space allows. 

CONTACT: Children's  203-385-4165  childrens@stratfordlibrary.org
LOCATION: Lovell Room
There are 48 spaces available.

Celebrate international Harry Potter Book Night with us! Trivia from books 1-4 with some fun Triwizard Trivia and Harry Potter themed refreshments. All ages 7 to adult welcome. Register if you want a reminder - drop ins welcome as space allows. 

CONTACT:
  Children's
  203.385.4165
  childrens@stratfordlibrary.org

LOCATION: Lovell Room

There are 48 spaces available.

Friday February 7, 2020
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10:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Friday Fun

Ages 2 to 5. Stories, songs, and often a craft. No need to register - just drop in. 

If Stratford schools are canceled due to weather, there is no storytime. 

CONTACT: Children's  203.385.4165  childrens@stratfordlibrary.org
LOCATION: Lovell Room

Ages 2 to 5. Stories, songs, and often a craft. No need to register - just drop in. 

If Stratford schools are canceled due to weather, there is no storytime. 

CONTACT:
  Children's
  203.385.4165
  childrens@stratfordlibrary.org

LOCATION: Lovell Room

Sunday February 9, 2020
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2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Sister Cities Winter Concert: Town Hall Tunes

Sister Cities Annual Winter Concert will not be held at the library this year but at Stratford Town Hall.

Free and open to the public.

Stratford Sister Cities Annual Winter Concert 
Sunday, February 9th at 2:00 pm
Town Hall Council Chambers
Donations accepted for Sterling House Food Pantry

 

 

LOCATION: Other

Sister Cities Annual Winter Concert will not be held at the library this year but at Stratford Town Hall.

Free and open to the public.

Stratford Sister Cities Annual Winter Concert 
Sunday, February 9th at 2:00 pm
Town Hall Council Chambers
Donations accepted for Sterling House Food Pantry

 

 

LOCATION: Other

 
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2:30 PM - 3:00 PM
Preschool Music Time

Ages 0-4. Music, rhymes, and bounces for little ones. Come join us! No need to register - just drop in.

 

CONTACT: Children's  203.385.4165  childrens@stratfordlibrary.org
LOCATION: Lovell Room

Ages 0-4. Music, rhymes, and bounces for little ones. Come join us! No need to register - just drop in.

 

CONTACT:
  Children's
  203.385.4165
  childrens@stratfordlibrary.org

LOCATION: Lovell Room

Monday February 10, 2020
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10:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Toddler Time

Ages 1-2 with siblings welcome. Enjoy songs, rhymes, and other preliteracy activities. No need to register - just drop in!

If schools are canceled due to weather, there is no storytime. 

CONTACT: Children's  203.385.4165  childrens@stratfordlibrary.org
LOCATION: Lovell Room

Ages 1-2 with siblings welcome. Enjoy songs, rhymes, and other preliteracy activities. No need to register - just drop in!

If schools are canceled due to weather, there is no storytime. 

CONTACT:
  Children's
  203.385.4165
  childrens@stratfordlibrary.org

LOCATION: Lovell Room

 
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4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Write Your Own Book

Grades 2-6. Children will meet to write stories on the theme of "animals," real or imaginary! Then the librarians will collect the stories into a printed book. Calling all authors! Register on the January 27 entry - children need to be present by the second meeting - February 3 - to participate. Children and families are responsible for completing and submitting work on time if they miss a session. Courtesy of the Carol Pieper Memorial Fund. 

CONTACT: Children's  203.385.4165  childrens@stratfordlibrary.org
LOCATION: Children's Program Room

Grades 2-6. Children will meet to write stories on the theme of "animals," real or imaginary! Then the librarians will collect the stories into a printed book. Calling all authors! Register on the January 27 entry - children need to be present by the second meeting - February 3 - to participate. Children and families are responsible for completing and submitting work on time if they miss a session. Courtesy of the Carol Pieper Memorial Fund. 

CONTACT:
  Children's
  203.385.4165
  childrens@stratfordlibrary.org

LOCATION: Children's Program Room

 
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6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Junior Scientists

Ages 5-7. Science stations for exploration. Different topics each month. Registration is required and begins one month in advance.

 

CONTACT: Children's  203.385.4165  childrens@stratfordlibrary.org
LOCATION: Lovell Room
There are 15 spaces available.

Ages 5-7. Science stations for exploration. Different topics each month. Registration is required and begins one month in advance.

 

CONTACT:
  Children's
  203.385.4165
  childrens@stratfordlibrary.org

LOCATION: Lovell Room

There are 15 spaces available.

Tuesday February 11, 2020
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10:30 AM - 11:15 AM
Preschool Power Hour

Ages 3-5. Storytime with songs and a craft. No need to register - just drop in!

If Stratford schools are closed due to weather, there is no storytime. 

CONTACT: Children's  203.385.4165  childrens@stratfordlibrary.org
LOCATION: Lovell Room

Ages 3-5. Storytime with songs and a craft. No need to register - just drop in!

If Stratford schools are closed due to weather, there is no storytime. 

CONTACT:
  Children's
  203.385.4165
  childrens@stratfordlibrary.org

LOCATION: Lovell Room

 
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5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Advance Reader's Book Club

Grades 4-6. See books before they are published and decide if the Library should purchase them! New members are welcome - come and see what it's all about!

CONTACT: Children's Department  203-385-4165  childrens@stratfordlibrary.org
LOCATION: Board Room

Grades 4-6. See books before they are published and decide if the Library should purchase them! New members are welcome - come and see what it's all about!

CONTACT:
  Children's Department
  203.385.4165
  childrens@stratfordlibrary.org

LOCATION: Board Room

 
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6:40 PM - 8:00 PM
Gala Committee meeting

The Gala committee will meet at 6:45 p.m. in the Driector's office.

 

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LOCATION: Director's Office

The Gala committee will meet at 6:45 p.m. in the Driector's office.

 

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LOCATION: Director's Office

Wednesday February 12, 2020

Discuss the latest anime & manga, watch your favorite series with friends, & share your artwork!  Help select series to add to the library's collection & plan our annual Strta*Con event, too.

LOCATION: Board Room

Discuss the latest anime & manga, watch your favorite series with friends, & share your artwork!  Help select series to add to the library's collection & plan our annual Strta*Con event, too.

LOCATION: Board Room

 
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6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Crazy 8s Math

Ages 5-8. Different math challenges each month. February is "Codes."

No registration required - drop ins are welcome until the program is full. 

CONTACT: Children's  203.385.4165  childrens@stratfordlibrary.org
LOCATION: Lovell Room

Ages 5-8. Different math challenges each month. February is "Codes."

No registration required - drop ins are welcome until the program is full. 

CONTACT:
  Children's
  203.385.4165
  childrens@stratfordlibrary.org

LOCATION: Lovell Room

 

We will be making burlap wreathes and we will show you how your wreath can be customized for different seasons/holidays.

Please note: Craft night is an adults only craft program.

Due to Library construction, this program will be held at the Perry House.
The Perry House is located behind the Library and Baldwin Center. Parking is in the back part of our parking lot.

 

LOCATION: Other
There is 1 space available.

We will be making burlap wreathes and we will show you how your wreath can be customized for different seasons/holidays.

Please note: Craft night is an adults only craft program.

Due to Library construction, this program will be held at the Perry House.
The Perry House is located behind the Library and Baldwin Center. Parking is in the back part of our parking lot.

 

LOCATION: Other

There is 1 space available.

Thursday February 13, 2020
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10:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Baby Lapsit

Lapsitters 0 to 18 months. Songs, rhymes, and bounces. Once your little one is walking, move over to Toddler Time on Mondays!

No need to register, just drop in.

If Stratford schools are canceled due to weather, there is no storytime. 

CONTACT: Children's  203.385.4165  childrens@stratfordlibrary.org
LOCATION: Lovell Room

Lapsitters 0 to 18 months. Songs, rhymes, and bounces. Once your little one is walking, move over to Toddler Time on Mondays!

No need to register, just drop in.

If Stratford schools are canceled due to weather, there is no storytime. 

CONTACT:
  Children's
  203.385.4165
  childrens@stratfordlibrary.org

LOCATION: Lovell Room

 

Ages 5-8. Different coding challenges each month, sometimes we even do challenges without the computer! No experience is necessary. Sometimes a grown-up's help is needed for coding projects. 

This class is extremely popular - we ask that you register and let us know if your plans change so every child possible may enjoy the class. 

CONTACT: Children's  203.385.4165  childrens@stratfordlibrary.org
LOCATION: Lovell Room
There are 3 spaces available.

Ages 5-8. Different coding challenges each month, sometimes we even do challenges without the computer! No experience is necessary. Sometimes a grown-up's help is needed for coding projects. 

This class is extremely popular - we ask that you register and let us know if your plans change so every child possible may enjoy the class. 

CONTACT:
  Children's
  203.385.4165
  childrens@stratfordlibrary.org

LOCATION: Lovell Room

There are 3 spaces available.

 
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5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Tween Coding

Ages 8-12. Different coding challenges each month, sometimes we even do challenges without the computer! No experience is necessary. 

This class is extremely popular - we ask that you register and let us know if your plans change so every child possible may enjoy the class. 

CONTACT: Children's  203.385.4165  childrens@stratfordlibrary.org
LOCATION: Lovell Room
There are 4 spaces available.

Ages 8-12. Different coding challenges each month, sometimes we even do challenges without the computer! No experience is necessary. 

This class is extremely popular - we ask that you register and let us know if your plans change so every child possible may enjoy the class. 

CONTACT:
  Children's
  203.385.4165
  childrens@stratfordlibrary.org

LOCATION: Lovell Room

There are 4 spaces available.

Friday February 14, 2020
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10:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Friday Fun

Ages 2 to 5. Stories, songs, and often a craft. No need to register - just drop in. 

If Stratford schools are canceled due to weather, there is no storytime. 

CONTACT: Children's  203.385.4165  childrens@stratfordlibrary.org
LOCATION: Lovell Room

Ages 2 to 5. Stories, songs, and often a craft. No need to register - just drop in. 

If Stratford schools are canceled due to weather, there is no storytime. 

CONTACT:
  Children's
  203.385.4165
  childrens@stratfordlibrary.org

LOCATION: Lovell Room

Saturday February 15, 2020
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10:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Set-up for watercolors

Set up for watercolor class

LOCATION: Board Room
 
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11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Watercolor Artists

Children ages 4-7 will enjoy exploring the beauty of watercolor art, while creating a winter themed painting.

LOCATION: Board Room

Children ages 4-7 will enjoy exploring the beauty of watercolor art, while creating a winter themed painting.

LOCATION: Board Room

 
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2:00 PM - 2:30 PM
set up for watercolors

Set up for water color class

LOCATION: Board Room
 
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2:30 PM - 3:30 PM
Artists at Work

Children ages 8-12 will enjoy exploring the beauty of watercolor art techniques, while creating a winter themed painting.

LOCATION: Board Room

Children ages 8-12 will enjoy exploring the beauty of watercolor art techniques, while creating a winter themed painting.

LOCATION: Board Room

 
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3:30 PM - 4:00 PM
Clean up for watercolors

Clean up from watercolor class

LOCATION: Board Room
Sunday February 16, 2020
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1:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Library Closed - Sunday before Presidents' Day

The Library is closed for Presidents' Day

LOCATION: Whole Building
Monday February 17, 2020
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10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Library Closed - Presidents' Day

The Library is closed for Presidents' Day

LOCATION: Whole Building

The Library is closed for Presidents' Day

LOCATION: Whole Building

Tuesday February 18, 2020
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10:30 AM - 11:15 AM
Preschool Power Hour

Ages 3-5. Storytime with songs and a craft. No need to register - just drop in!

If Stratford schools are closed due to weather, there is no storytime. 

CONTACT: Children's  203.385.4165  childrens@stratfordlibrary.org
LOCATION: Lovell Room

Ages 3-5. Storytime with songs and a craft. No need to register - just drop in!

If Stratford schools are closed due to weather, there is no storytime. 

CONTACT:
  Children's
  203.385.4165
  childrens@stratfordlibrary.org

LOCATION: Lovell Room

Wednesday February 19, 2020

Come and create your very own mask, suitable for celebrating Mardi Gras, or just to turn yourself into someone new and exciting - a fox? a bird? a mysterious stranger? Ages three and up.

CONTACT: Children's  203.385.4165  childrens@stratfordlibrary.org
LOCATION: Lovell Room

Come and create your very own mask, suitable for celebrating Mardi Gras, or just to turn yourself into someone new and exciting - a fox? a bird? a mysterious stranger? Ages three and up.

CONTACT:
  Children's
  203.385.4165
  childrens@stratfordlibrary.org

LOCATION: Lovell Room

 

Join the library’s drop-in knitting program! Make new friends, get tips and share ideas while working on your own projects. New to knitting but want to give it a try? We have needles and yarn for you to test out. No registration required.

LOCATION: Board Room

Join the library’s drop-in knitting program! Make new friends, get tips and share ideas while working on your own projects. New to knitting but want to give it a try? We have needles and yarn for you to test out. No registration required.

LOCATION: Board Room

Thursday February 20, 2020
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10:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Baby Lapsit

Lapsitters 0 to 18 months. Songs, rhymes, and bounces. Once your little one is walking, move over to Toddler Time on Mondays!

No need to register, just drop in.

If Stratford schools are canceled due to weather, there is no storytime. 

CONTACT: Children's  203.385.4165  childrens@stratfordlibrary.org
LOCATION: Lovell Room

Lapsitters 0 to 18 months. Songs, rhymes, and bounces. Once your little one is walking, move over to Toddler Time on Mondays!

No need to register, just drop in.

If Stratford schools are canceled due to weather, there is no storytime. 

CONTACT:
  Children's
  203.385.4165
  childrens@stratfordlibrary.org

LOCATION: Lovell Room

 
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6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Astronomy Club visits Spacecraft

Ages 7-12. Accompanying adults welcome. Astronomy Club will take a look at some of the modern spacecraft making space exploration possible. Get ready to head to the stars!! Registration is required - however, drop-ins are welcome if there is space (ha ha, space pun!)

CONTACT: Children's  203.385.4165  childrens@stratfordlibrary.org
LOCATION: Lovell Room
There are 14 spaces available.

Ages 7-12. Accompanying adults welcome. Astronomy Club will take a look at some of the modern spacecraft making space exploration possible. Get ready to head to the stars!! Registration is required - however, drop-ins are welcome if there is space (ha ha, space pun!)

CONTACT:
  Children's
  203.385.4165
  childrens@stratfordlibrary.org

LOCATION: Lovell Room

There are 14 spaces available.

 
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7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Stratford Library Board of Trustees

The Stratford Library Board of Trustees will meet in the Lovell Room at 7:00 p.m.

 

6/24/19 - hs

LOCATION: Board Room

The Stratford Library Board of Trustees will meet in the Lovell Room at 7:00 p.m.

 

6/24/19 - hs

LOCATION: Board Room

Friday February 21, 2020
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10:00 AM - 1:30 PM
Children's Room open 10am-1:30 pm today

The Children's Room has limited hours today as part of our renovation and temporary relocation! Storytime this morning will still take place, and some materials will be available in the Lobby during the afternoon. 

CONTACT: Children's  203.385.4165  childrens@stratfordlibrary.org
LOCATION: Children's Dept.

The Children's Room has limited hours today as part of our renovation and temporary relocation! Storytime this morning will still take place, and some materials will be available in the Lobby during the afternoon. 

CONTACT:
  Children's
  203.385.4165
  childrens@stratfordlibrary.org

LOCATION: Children's Dept.

 
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10:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Friday Fun

Ages 2 to 5. Stories, songs, and often a craft. No need to register - just drop in. 

If Stratford schools are canceled due to weather, there is no storytime. 

CONTACT: Children's  203.385.4165  childrens@stratfordlibrary.org
LOCATION: Lovell Room

Ages 2 to 5. Stories, songs, and often a craft. No need to register - just drop in. 

If Stratford schools are canceled due to weather, there is no storytime. 

CONTACT:
  Children's
  203.385.4165
  childrens@stratfordlibrary.org

LOCATION: Lovell Room

Saturday February 22, 2020

Lego Club is for all building enthusiasts ages 5 to 12. New challenges each time the club meets.

LOCATION: Board Room
There are 25 spaces available.

Lego Club is for all building enthusiasts ages 5 to 12. New challenges each time the club meets.

LOCATION: Board Room

There are 25 spaces available.

Sunday February 23, 2020

Ages 7-12 - ages 7-8 may need a grown-up's help with coding. Work on a fun coding project and learn Scratch. No experience necessary. Give your child computer science skills and have fun at the same time! Space is limited, and registration begins 1 month prior. 

CONTACT: Children's  203.385.4165  childrens@stratfordlibrary.org
LOCATION: Lovell Room
There are 7 spaces available.

Ages 7-12 - ages 7-8 may need a grown-up's help with coding. Work on a fun coding project and learn Scratch. No experience necessary. Give your child computer science skills and have fun at the same time! Space is limited, and registration begins 1 month prior. 

CONTACT:
  Children's
  203.385.4165
  childrens@stratfordlibrary.org

LOCATION: Lovell Room

There are 7 spaces available.

Monday February 24, 2020
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10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
CT Works Career Coach

Looking for a job? Updating your resume? Visit the CTWorks Career Coach (bus), parked outside the Library!

Hours: 10am-12pm and 1-3pm (closed 12-1 for lunch)

Work one-on one with a coach or participate in a workshop. The Career Coach features computer workstations and Internet access in a classroom setting. The Career Coach is ADA-compliant with a lift and workstation. All sessions are free and open to the public on a first-come, first-served basis. The Coach closes for lunch from noon to 1pm

The CT WORKS Career Coach parks in front of the library on Main Street.

LOCATION: Other

Looking for a job? Updating your resume? Visit the CTWorks Career Coach (bus), parked outside the Library!

Hours: 10am-12pm and 1-3pm (closed 12-1 for lunch)

Work one-on one with a coach or participate in a workshop. The Career Coach features computer workstations and Internet access in a classroom setting. The Career Coach is ADA-compliant with a lift and workstation. All sessions are free and open to the public on a first-come, first-served basis. The Coach closes for lunch from noon to 1pm

The CT WORKS Career Coach parks in front of the library on Main Street.

LOCATION: Other

 
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10:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Toddler Time

Ages 1-2 with siblings welcome. Enjoy songs, rhymes, and other preliteracy activities. No need to register - just drop in!

If schools are canceled due to weather, there is no storytime. 

CONTACT: Children's  203.385.4165  childrens@stratfordlibrary.org
LOCATION: Lovell Room

Ages 1-2 with siblings welcome. Enjoy songs, rhymes, and other preliteracy activities. No need to register - just drop in!

If schools are canceled due to weather, there is no storytime. 

CONTACT:
  Children's
  203.385.4165
  childrens@stratfordlibrary.org

LOCATION: Lovell Room

 
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6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Coloring & Coffee

Relax and reduce stress with coloring for adults.
The library will provide coffee, coloring pages, colored pencils, markers and crayons. You are also welcome to bring your own coloring materials.  Stop in and color!

Please note: This is an adults only program

LOCATION: Board Room

Relax and reduce stress with coloring for adults.
The library will provide coffee, coloring pages, colored pencils, markers and crayons. You are also welcome to bring your own coloring materials.  Stop in and color!

Please note: This is an adults only program

LOCATION: Board Room

Tuesday February 25, 2020
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10:30 AM - 11:15 AM
Preschool Power Hour

Ages 3-5. Storytime with songs and a craft. No need to register - just drop in!

If Stratford schools are closed due to weather, there is no storytime. 

CONTACT: Children's  203.385.4165  childrens@stratfordlibrary.org
LOCATION: Lovell Room

Ages 3-5. Storytime with songs and a craft. No need to register - just drop in!

If Stratford schools are closed due to weather, there is no storytime. 

CONTACT:
  Children's
  203.385.4165
  childrens@stratfordlibrary.org

LOCATION: Lovell Room

 
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1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
Lifelong Learners: Votes for Women

In 2020 we mark the 100th anniversary of women's suffrage in the United States. The fight for women's right to vote was long and took many twists and turns. Join us to learn about the Connecticut women who fought on a local, state, and national level and on whose shoulders we stand. Be inspired by their stories to use your vote to give a voice to women.  

Presenter: Connecticut Women's Hall of Fame

Location to be determined

In 2020 we mark the 100th anniversary of women's suffrage in the United States. The fight for women's right to vote was long and took many twists and turns. Join us to learn about the Connecticut women who fought on a local, state, and national level and on whose shoulders we stand. Be inspired by their stories to use your vote to give a voice to women.  

Presenter: Connecticut Women's Hall of Fame

Location to be determined

 
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7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Books on Tap - Dope Sick

RSVP for our Books on Tap discussion of Beth Macy’s “TDopesick: Dealers, Doctors, and the Drug Company that Addicted America” Don't forget to stop by the library to borrow a copy of the book. We'll get settled, order food/drinks, and catch up with everyone at 7pm on Tuesday, February 25 at The Sitting Duck Tavern. Our book discussion starts at 7:30pm. Cheers!

In this extraordinary work, Beth Macy takes us into the epicenter of a national drama that has unfolded over two decades. From the labs and marketing departments of big pharma to local doctor's offices; wealthy suburbs to distressed small communities in Central Appalachia; from distant cities to once-idyllic farm towns; the spread of opioid addiction follows a tortuous trajectory that illustrates how this crisis has persisted for so long and become so firmly entrenched.

Beginning with a single dealer who lands in a small Virginia town and sets about turning high school football stars into heroin overdose statistics, Macy sets out to answer a grieving mother's question-why her only son died-and comes away with a gripping, unputdownable story of greed and need. From the introduction of OxyContin in 1996, Macy investigates the powerful forces that led America's doctors and patients to embrace a medical culture where overtreatment with painkillers became the norm. In some of the same communities featured in her bestselling book Factory Man, the unemployed use painkillers both to numb the pain of joblessness and pay their bills, while privileged teens trade pills in cul-de-sacs, and even high school standouts fall prey to prostitution, jail, and death.

LOCATION: Sitting Duck Tavern

RSVP for our Books on Tap discussion of Beth Macy’s “TDopesick: Dealers, Doctors, and the Drug Company that Addicted America” Don't forget to stop by the library to borrow a copy of the book. We'll get settled, order food/drinks, and catch up with everyone at 7pm on Tuesday, February 25 at The Sitting Duck Tavern. Our book discussion starts at 7:30pm. Cheers!

In this extraordinary work, Beth Macy takes us into the epicenter of a national drama that has unfolded over two decades. From the labs and marketing departments of big pharma to local doctor's offices; wealthy suburbs to distressed small communities in Central Appalachia; from distant cities to once-idyllic farm towns; the spread of opioid addiction follows a tortuous trajectory that illustrates how this crisis has persisted for so long and become so firmly entrenched.

Beginning with a single dealer who lands in a small Virginia town and sets about turning high school football stars into heroin overdose statistics, Macy sets out to answer a grieving mother's question-why her only son died-and comes away with a gripping, unputdownable story of greed and need. From the introduction of OxyContin in 1996, Macy investigates the powerful forces that led America's doctors and patients to embrace a medical culture where overtreatment with painkillers became the norm. In some of the same communities featured in her bestselling book Factory Man, the unemployed use painkillers both to numb the pain of joblessness and pay their bills, while privileged teens trade pills in cul-de-sacs, and even high school standouts fall prey to prostitution, jail, and death.

LOCATION: Sitting Duck Tavern

Wednesday February 26, 2020
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12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Books Over Coffee: THE NICKEL BOYS

Monthly book discussion program.

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

ONE OF TIME MAGAZINE'S 10 BEST FICTION BOOKS OF THE DECADE

WINNER OF THE KIRKUS PRIZE

LONGLISTED FOR THE NATIONAL BOOK AWARD

In this bravura follow-up to the Pulitzer Prize, and National Book Award-winning #1 New York Times bestseller The Underground Railroad, Colson Whitehead brilliantly dramatizes another strand of American history through the story of two boys sentenced to a hellish reform school in Jim Crow-era Florida.


As the Civil Rights movement begins to reach the black enclave of Frenchtown in segregated Tallahassee, Elwood Curtis takes the words of Dr. Martin Luther King to heart: He is "as good as anyone." Abandoned by his parents, but kept on the straight and narrow by his grandmother, Elwood is about to enroll in the local black college. But for a black boy in the Jim Crow South of the early 1960s, one innocent mistake is enough to destroy the future. Elwood is sentenced to a juvenile reformatory called the Nickel Academy, whose mission statement says it provides "physical, intellectual and moral training" so the delinquent boys in their charge can become "honorable and honest men."
In reality, the Nickel Academy is a grotesque chamber of horrors where the sadistic staff beats and sexually abuses the students, corrupt officials and locals steal food and supplies, and any boy who resists is likely to disappear "out back." Stunned to find himself in such a vicious environment, Elwood tries to hold onto Dr. King's ringing assertion "Throw us in jail and we will still love you." His friend Turner thinks Elwood is worse than naive, that the world is crooked, and that the only way to survive is to scheme and avoid trouble.
The tension between Elwood's ideals and Turner's skepticism leads to a decision whose repercussions will echo down the decades. Formed in the crucible of the evils Jim Crow wrought, the boys' fates will be determined by what they endured at the Nickel Academy.
Based on the real story of a reform school in Florida that operated for one hundred and eleven years and warped the lives of thousands of children, The Nickel Boys is a devastating, driven narrative that showcases a great American novelist writing at the height of his powers.

LOCATION: Board Room

Monthly book discussion program.

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

ONE OF TIME MAGAZINE'S 10 BEST FICTION BOOKS OF THE DECADE

WINNER OF THE KIRKUS PRIZE

LONGLISTED FOR THE NATIONAL BOOK AWARD

In this bravura follow-up to the Pulitzer Prize, and National Book Award-winning #1 New York Times bestseller The Underground Railroad, Colson Whitehead brilliantly dramatizes another strand of American history through the story of two boys sentenced to a hellish reform school in Jim Crow-era Florida.


As the Civil Rights movement begins to reach the black enclave of Frenchtown in segregated Tallahassee, Elwood Curtis takes the words of Dr. Martin Luther King to heart: He is "as good as anyone." Abandoned by his parents, but kept on the straight and narrow by his grandmother, Elwood is about to enroll in the local black college. But for a black boy in the Jim Crow South of the early 1960s, one innocent mistake is enough to destroy the future. Elwood is sentenced to a juvenile reformatory called the Nickel Academy, whose mission statement says it provides "physical, intellectual and moral training" so the delinquent boys in their charge can become "honorable and honest men."
In reality, the Nickel Academy is a grotesque chamber of horrors where the sadistic staff beats and sexually abuses the students, corrupt officials and locals steal food and supplies, and any boy who resists is likely to disappear "out back." Stunned to find himself in such a vicious environment, Elwood tries to hold onto Dr. King's ringing assertion "Throw us in jail and we will still love you." His friend Turner thinks Elwood is worse than naive, that the world is crooked, and that the only way to survive is to scheme and avoid trouble.
The tension between Elwood's ideals and Turner's skepticism leads to a decision whose repercussions will echo down the decades. Formed in the crucible of the evils Jim Crow wrought, the boys' fates will be determined by what they endured at the Nickel Academy.
Based on the real story of a reform school in Florida that operated for one hundred and eleven years and warped the lives of thousands of children, The Nickel Boys is a devastating, driven narrative that showcases a great American novelist writing at the height of his powers.

LOCATION: Board Room

 

Discuss the latest anime & manga, watch your favorite series with friends, & share your artwork!  Help select series to add to the library's collection & plan our annual Strta*Con event, too.

CONTACT: teen  203-385-4167  slateen@stratfordlibrary.org
LOCATION: Board Room

Discuss the latest anime & manga, watch your favorite series with friends, & share your artwork!  Help select series to add to the library's collection & plan our annual Strta*Con event, too.

CONTACT:
  teen
  203.385.4167
  slateen@stratfordlibrary.org

LOCATION: Board Room

 
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4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Science Kids

Ages 8-12. Different hands on science each month. Registration encouraged - but when space permits, this program welcomes drop-ins until it is full. 

CONTACT: Children's  203.385.4165  childrens@stratfordlibrary.org
LOCATION: Lovell Room
Registration will begin on Sunday, January 26, 2020 at 5:24 PM     

Ages 8-12. Different hands on science each month. Registration encouraged - but when space permits, this program welcomes drop-ins until it is full. 

CONTACT:
  Children's
  203.385.4165
  childrens@stratfordlibrary.org

LOCATION: Lovell Room

Registration will begin on Sunday, January 26, 2020 at 5:24 PM     

Thursday February 27, 2020
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10:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Baby Lapsit

Lapsitters 0 to 18 months. Songs, rhymes, and bounces. Once your little one is walking, move over to Toddler Time on Mondays!

No need to register, just drop in.

If Stratford schools are canceled due to weather, there is no storytime. 

CONTACT: Children's  203.385.4165  childrens@stratfordlibrary.org
LOCATION: Lovell Room

Lapsitters 0 to 18 months. Songs, rhymes, and bounces. Once your little one is walking, move over to Toddler Time on Mondays!

No need to register, just drop in.

If Stratford schools are canceled due to weather, there is no storytime. 

CONTACT:
  Children's
  203.385.4165
  childrens@stratfordlibrary.org

LOCATION: Lovell Room

 
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6:00 PM - 6:45 PM
Fun with Mouse, Moose & Friends

Give a mouse a cookie, give a moose a muffin, and more! Join us as we celebrate popular children's author/illustrator Laura Numeroff with stories, songs, and crafts.

No registration necessary - Just drop in!

CONTACT: Children's Department  203-385-4165  childrens@stratfordlibrary.org
LOCATION: Lovell Room

Give a mouse a cookie, give a moose a muffin, and more! Join us as we celebrate popular children's author/illustrator Laura Numeroff with stories, songs, and crafts.

No registration necessary - Just drop in!

CONTACT:
  Children's Department
  203.385.4165
  childrens@stratfordlibrary.org

LOCATION: Lovell Room

 
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6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Friends Trivia Night Part 2 @ Ole Dog Tavern

OH… MY… GOD! Due to this theme being so popular and our original one selling out so quickly, we decided to do a Friends Trivia Night PART 2! Join us on Thursday, February 27th for an exciting part 2 of Friends trivia night at Ole Dog Tavern! Bunny up, practice the routine over and over again, use your Unagi and show off your impressive compuper skills! (*MAX 6 people per team*).

Tickets link and information coming soon. Stay Tuned!

**Anyone under the age of 18 MUST be accompanied by an adult. NO EXCEPTIONS**

LOCATION: Stratford - Ole Dog Tavern

OH… MY… GOD! Due to this theme being so popular and our original one selling out so quickly, we decided to do a Friends Trivia Night PART 2! Join us on Thursday, February 27th for an exciting part 2 of Friends trivia night at Ole Dog Tavern! Bunny up, practice the routine over and over again, use your Unagi and show off your impressive compuper skills! (*MAX 6 people per team*).

Tickets link and information coming soon. Stay Tuned!

**Anyone under the age of 18 MUST be accompanied by an adult. NO EXCEPTIONS**

LOCATION: Stratford - Ole Dog Tavern

Friday February 28, 2020
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10:00 AM - 1:30 PM
Children's Room open 10am-1:30 pm today

The Children's Room has limited hours today as part of our renovation and temporary relocation! Storytime this morning will still take place, and some materials will be available in the Lobby during the afternoon. 

CONTACT: Children's  203.385.4165  childrens@stratfordlibrary.org
LOCATION: Children's Dept.

The Children's Room has limited hours today as part of our renovation and temporary relocation! Storytime this morning will still take place, and some materials will be available in the Lobby during the afternoon. 

CONTACT:
  Children's
  203.385.4165
  childrens@stratfordlibrary.org

LOCATION: Children's Dept.

 
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10:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Friday Fun

Ages 2 to 5. Stories, songs, and often a craft. No need to register - just drop in. 

If Stratford schools are canceled due to weather, there is no storytime. 

CONTACT: Children's  203.385.4165  childrens@stratfordlibrary.org
LOCATION: Lovell Room

Ages 2 to 5. Stories, songs, and often a craft. No need to register - just drop in. 

If Stratford schools are canceled due to weather, there is no storytime. 

CONTACT:
  Children's
  203.385.4165
  childrens@stratfordlibrary.org

LOCATION: Lovell Room

Saturday February 29, 2020
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2:30 PM - 3:30 PM
Leap Year Party

February 29 only comes around every 4 years. Celebrate this unusual day at our Leap Year Party!  Wear your wackiest outfit, play crazy games, and enjoy zany music.

Ages 5 and up.

CONTACT: Children's Department  203-385-4165  childrens@stratfordlibrary.org
LOCATION: Lovell Room
Registration will begin on Tuesday, January 28, 2020 at 9:59 AM     

February 29 only comes around every 4 years. Celebrate this unusual day at our Leap Year Party!  Wear your wackiest outfit, play crazy games, and enjoy zany music.

Ages 5 and up.

CONTACT:
  Children's Department
  203.385.4165
  childrens@stratfordlibrary.org

LOCATION: Lovell Room

Registration will begin on Tuesday, January 28, 2020 at 9:59 AM     

Sunday March 1, 2020
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2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Sunday Afternoon Talks: Around the World in 80 Beers

Guest speaker Em Sauter returns to the library with a new talk on her favorite topic!

Free and open to the public.

LOCATION: Lovell Room

Guest speaker Em Sauter returns to the library with a new talk on her favorite topic!

Free and open to the public.

LOCATION: Lovell Room

Monday March 2, 2020
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11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Monday Morning Buzz
LOCATION: Board Room
 
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4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Illustrate Books

Illustrate the stories about animals you have written in the Book Workshops which took place in January and February. Get them ready to go to publication!

LOCATION: Lovell Room

Illustrate the stories about animals you have written in the Book Workshops which took place in January and February. Get them ready to go to publication!

LOCATION: Lovell Room

Tuesday March 3, 2020
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6:45 PM - 8:00 PM
Classic Mystery Book Discussion

"The Case of the Careless Kitten" by Erle Stanley Gardner - Join our Classic Mystery discussion this month with discussion one of the swift-moving Perry Mason books.  Who slipped the poison to the kitten?  The kitten survives, but we get to watch the clever lawyer shows his skills with investigating more suspicious activities.  Extra copies of the book at the Checkout Desk.

LOCATION: Board Room

"The Case of the Careless Kitten" by Erle Stanley Gardner - Join our Classic Mystery discussion this month with discussion one of the swift-moving Perry Mason books.  Who slipped the poison to the kitten?  The kitten survives, but we get to watch the clever lawyer shows his skills with investigating more suspicious activities.  Extra copies of the book at the Checkout Desk.

LOCATION: Board Room

Wednesday March 4, 2020

Join the library’s drop-in knitting program! Make new friends, get tips and share ideas while working on your own projects. New to knitting but want to give it a try? We have needles and yarn for you to test out. No registration required.

LOCATION: Board Room

Join the library’s drop-in knitting program! Make new friends, get tips and share ideas while working on your own projects. New to knitting but want to give it a try? We have needles and yarn for you to test out. No registration required.

LOCATION: Board Room

Sunday March 8, 2020
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3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Mad Hatter's Tea Party

Children ages 3 and up can enjoy an Alice themed Tea Party and games. Costumes encouraged. Mad Hatter head gear will be crafted.

LOCATION: Board Room

Children ages 3 and up can enjoy an Alice themed Tea Party and games. Costumes encouraged. Mad Hatter head gear will be crafted.

LOCATION: Board Room

Tuesday March 10, 2020
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5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Advance Reader's Book Club

Grades 4-6. See books before they are published and decide if the Library should purchase them! New members are welcome - come and see what it's all about!

CONTACT: Children's Department  203-385-4165  childrens@stratfordlibrary.org
LOCATION: Board Room

Grades 4-6. See books before they are published and decide if the Library should purchase them! New members are welcome - come and see what it's all about!

CONTACT:
  Children's Department
  203.385.4165
  childrens@stratfordlibrary.org

LOCATION: Board Room

Wednesday March 11, 2020

Discuss the latest anime & manga, watch your favorite series with friends, & share your artwork!  Help select series to add to the library's collection & plan our annual Strta*Con event, too.

CONTACT: teen  203-385-4167  slateen@stratfordlibrary.org
LOCATION: Board Room

Discuss the latest anime & manga, watch your favorite series with friends, & share your artwork!  Help select series to add to the library's collection & plan our annual Strta*Con event, too.

CONTACT:
  teen
  203.385.4167
  slateen@stratfordlibrary.org

LOCATION: Board Room

Thursday March 12, 2020
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6:40 PM - 8:00 PM
Gala Committee meeting

The Gala committee will meet at 6:45 p.m. in the Driector's office.

 

hs 11/12/19

LOCATION: Director's Office

The Gala committee will meet at 6:45 p.m. in the Driector's office.

 

hs 11/12/19

LOCATION: Director's Office

Saturday March 14, 2020
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10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Classic Book Series

Classic Mystery discussion - "The Circular Staircass' by Mary Roberts Rinehart - Extra copies at the Checkout Desk.

The story follows dowager Rachel Innes as she thwarts a series of strange crimes at a summer house she has rented with her niece and nephew. The novel was Rinehart's first bestseller and established her as one of the era's most popular writers. The story was serialized in All-Story for five issues starting with the November 1907 issue, then published in book form in 1908.

LOCATION: Board Room

Classic Mystery discussion - "The Circular Staircass' by Mary Roberts Rinehart - Extra copies at the Checkout Desk.

The story follows dowager Rachel Innes as she thwarts a series of strange crimes at a summer house she has rented with her niece and nephew. The novel was Rinehart's first bestseller and established her as one of the era's most popular writers. The story was serialized in All-Story for five issues starting with the November 1907 issue, then published in book form in 1908.

LOCATION: Board Room

 
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11:00 AM - 11:45 AM
Young at Art

Children aged 4-7 will create collages with a wide variety of animal and nature themed paper choices.

LOCATION: Lovell Room

Children aged 4-7 will create collages with a wide variety of animal and nature themed paper choices.

LOCATION: Lovell Room

 
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2:30 PM - 3:45 PM
Artists at Work

Collages will be created from a variety of animal and nature-themed materials, with attention to texture, color and layering techniques. For grades 3-6

LOCATION: Lovell Room

Collages will be created from a variety of animal and nature-themed materials, with attention to texture, color and layering techniques. For grades 3-6

LOCATION: Lovell Room

Wednesday March 18, 2020

Join the library’s drop-in knitting program! Make new friends, get tips and share ideas while working on your own projects. New to knitting but want to give it a try? We have needles and yarn for you to test out. No registration required.

LOCATION: Board Room

Join the library’s drop-in knitting program! Make new friends, get tips and share ideas while working on your own projects. New to knitting but want to give it a try? We have needles and yarn for you to test out. No registration required.

LOCATION: Board Room

 

Come have some fun with mathematical concepts. This month's theme is tangrams. For children ages 5-8

LOCATION: Lovell Room

Come have some fun with mathematical concepts. This month's theme is tangrams. For children ages 5-8

LOCATION: Lovell Room

Thursday March 19, 2020
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7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Stratford Library Board of Trustees

The Stratford Library Board of Trustees will meet in the Lovell Room at 7:00 p.m.

 

6/24/19 - hs

LOCATION: Board Room

The Stratford Library Board of Trustees will meet in the Lovell Room at 7:00 p.m.

 

6/24/19 - hs

LOCATION: Board Room

Saturday March 21, 2020
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2:30 PM - 3:30 PM
Pokemon Party

Grab your Pokemon cards, dress as your favorite Pokemon character, and head to the library for our Pokemon Party! Design your own Pokemon face mask, create a Pokemon craft, and draft a Pokemon story. Have fun playing Pokemon with your friends and engage in a card swap if you'd like.

For Pokemon fans in Grades K-6.

CONTACT: Children's Department  203-385-4165  childrens@stratfordlibrary.org
LOCATION: Lovell Room
Registration will begin on Thursday, February 20, 2020 at 9:50 AM     

Grab your Pokemon cards, dress as your favorite Pokemon character, and head to the library for our Pokemon Party! Design your own Pokemon face mask, create a Pokemon craft, and draft a Pokemon story. Have fun playing Pokemon with your friends and engage in a card swap if you'd like.

For Pokemon fans in Grades K-6.

CONTACT:
  Children's Department
  203.385.4165
  childrens@stratfordlibrary.org

LOCATION: Lovell Room

Registration will begin on Thursday, February 20, 2020 at 9:50 AM     

Tuesday March 24, 2020
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12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Play It Again, Square One: THE DINING ROOM

Stratford's Square One Theatre Company hosts the second of three special post-play discussions for their 30th anniversary season.  Artistic personnel from the theatre's recent production of A.R. Gurney's  timeless classiccomedy, THE DINING ROOM, will be the subject of today's discussion.  Come ask questions about the play you saw from the folks in the know!  Coffee and tea served.  Free and open to the public.

LOCATION: Board Room

Stratford's Square One Theatre Company hosts the second of three special post-play discussions for their 30th anniversary season.  Artistic personnel from the theatre's recent production of A.R. Gurney's  timeless classiccomedy, THE DINING ROOM, will be the subject of today's discussion.  Come ask questions about the play you saw from the folks in the know!  Coffee and tea served.  Free and open to the public.

LOCATION: Board Room

 
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1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
AARP Driver Safety Class

            The Stratford Library, in conjunction with the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP), will offer another session of the “AARP Driver Safety Program” today, a classroom driver retraining program designed to help older persons improve their driving skills.  The one-day class program, one of dozens offered by the agency every year, will be held in the Library’s Board Room.  Developed by the AARP, the program is the first comprehensive driver retraining course geared to the specific needs of older motorists. 

            The course material covers the effects of aging and medications on driving, basic driving rules, license renewal, local traffic hazards, adverse road conditions, energy saving and accident prevention measures.  No written, physical or driving tests are given.  Research shows that older drivers are involved in more accidents than their middle-aged counterparts when the record is based on actual miles driven.  The physical changes of aging create difficulties for many older drivers when yielding the right-of-way, backing, turning, changing lanes and entering/leaving expressways.

            However, research also indicates that older persons can improve their driving abilities through additional training, attention and practice, enabling them to maintain their driving licenses longer while driving safer.  This is the ultimate goal of the “AARP Driver Safety Program”.       

              Persons 50 years of age or older are eligible to participate in the library program and will receive a certificate of completion at the end of instruction.  The course is limited to 20 participates only and there is a nominal fee of $15 for AARP members and $20 for non-members charged by the AARP. 

 Reservations are required and can be made by calling AARP Representative Michael Klein at 203.929.4851.

LOCATION: Board Room

            The Stratford Library, in conjunction with the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP), will offer another session of the “AARP Driver Safety Program” today, a classroom driver retraining program designed to help older persons improve their driving skills.  The one-day class program, one of dozens offered by the agency every year, will be held in the Library’s Board Room.  Developed by the AARP, the program is the first comprehensive driver retraining course geared to the specific needs of older motorists. 

            The course material covers the effects of aging and medications on driving, basic driving rules, license renewal, local traffic hazards, adverse road conditions, energy saving and accident prevention measures.  No written, physical or driving tests are given.  Research shows that older drivers are involved in more accidents than their middle-aged counterparts when the record is based on actual miles driven.  The physical changes of aging create difficulties for many older drivers when yielding the right-of-way, backing, turning, changing lanes and entering/leaving expressways.

            However, research also indicates that older persons can improve their driving abilities through additional training, attention and practice, enabling them to maintain their driving licenses longer while driving safer.  This is the ultimate goal of the “AARP Driver Safety Program”.       

              Persons 50 years of age or older are eligible to participate in the library program and will receive a certificate of completion at the end of instruction.  The course is limited to 20 participates only and there is a nominal fee of $15 for AARP members and $20 for non-members charged by the AARP. 

 Reservations are required and can be made by calling AARP Representative Michael Klein at 203.929.4851.

LOCATION: Board Room

 
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7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Books on Tap - Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead
LOCATION: Sitting Duck Tavern
Wednesday March 25, 2020
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12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Books Over Coffee: OLIVE, AGAIN

Monthly book discussion program.

NAMED ONE OF THE TEN BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY PEOPLE AND ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY Time Vogue • NPR • The Washington Post • Chicago Tribune Entertainment Weekly BuzzFeed  Esquire Real Simple • Good Housekeeping • The New York Public Library • The Guardian • Kirkus Reviews Publishers Weekly BookPage
 
Prickly, wry, resistant to change yet ruthlessly honest and deeply empathetic, Olive Kitteridge is “a compelling life force” (San Francisco Chronicle). The New Yorker has said that Elizabeth Strout “animates the ordinary with an astonishing force,” and she has never done so more clearly than in these pages, where the iconic Olive struggles to understand not only herself and her own life but the lives of those around her in the town of Crosby, Maine. Whether with a teenager coming to terms with the loss of her father, a young woman about to give birth during a hilariously inopportune moment, a nurse who confesses a secret high school crush, or a lawyer who struggles with an inheritance she does not want to accept, the unforgettable Olive will continue to startle us, to move us, and to inspire us—in Strout’s words—“to bear the burden of the mystery with as much grace as we can.”

LOCATION: Board Room

Monthly book discussion program.

NAMED ONE OF THE TEN BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY PEOPLE AND ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY Time Vogue • NPR • The Washington Post • Chicago Tribune Entertainment Weekly BuzzFeed  Esquire Real Simple • Good Housekeeping • The New York Public Library • The Guardian • Kirkus Reviews Publishers Weekly BookPage
 
Prickly, wry, resistant to change yet ruthlessly honest and deeply empathetic, Olive Kitteridge is “a compelling life force” (San Francisco Chronicle). The New Yorker has said that Elizabeth Strout “animates the ordinary with an astonishing force,” and she has never done so more clearly than in these pages, where the iconic Olive struggles to understand not only herself and her own life but the lives of those around her in the town of Crosby, Maine. Whether with a teenager coming to terms with the loss of her father, a young woman about to give birth during a hilariously inopportune moment, a nurse who confesses a secret high school crush, or a lawyer who struggles with an inheritance she does not want to accept, the unforgettable Olive will continue to startle us, to move us, and to inspire us—in Strout’s words—“to bear the burden of the mystery with as much grace as we can.”

LOCATION: Board Room

 

Discuss the latest anime & manga, watch your favorite series with friends, & share your artwork!  Help select series to add to the library's collection & plan our annual Strta*Con event, too.

CONTACT: teen  203-385-4167  slateen@stratfordlibrary.org
LOCATION: Board Room

Discuss the latest anime & manga, watch your favorite series with friends, & share your artwork!  Help select series to add to the library's collection & plan our annual Strta*Con event, too.

CONTACT:
  teen
  203.385.4167
  slateen@stratfordlibrary.org

LOCATION: Board Room

Thursday March 26, 2020
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6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Fun With Silly Monkeys

Join us as we read stories, sing, dance, and do crafts - all about silly monkeys!

Ages 2-6

No registration required - just drop in!
 

CONTACT: Children's Department  203-385-4165  childrens@stratfordlibrary.org
LOCATION: Lovell Room

Join us as we read stories, sing, dance, and do crafts - all about silly monkeys!

Ages 2-6

No registration required - just drop in!
 

CONTACT:
  Children's Department
  203.385.4165
  childrens@stratfordlibrary.org

LOCATION: Lovell Room

Sunday March 29, 2020
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1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Stratford Historical Society Meeting

Hold for bi-monthly meeting.

LOCATION: Lovell Room
Monday March 30, 2020
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10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
CT Works Career Coach

Looking for a job? Updating your resume? Visit the CTWorks Career Coach (bus), parked outside the Library!

Hours: 10am-12pm and 1-3pm (closed 12-1 for lunch)

Work one-on one with a coach or participate in a workshop. The Career Coach features computer workstations and Internet access in a classroom setting. The Career Coach is ADA-compliant with a lift and workstation. All sessions are free and open to the public on a first-come, first-served basis. The Coach closes for lunch from noon to 1pm

The CT WORKS Career Coach parks in front of the library on Main Street.

LOCATION: Other

Looking for a job? Updating your resume? Visit the CTWorks Career Coach (bus), parked outside the Library!

Hours: 10am-12pm and 1-3pm (closed 12-1 for lunch)

Work one-on one with a coach or participate in a workshop. The Career Coach features computer workstations and Internet access in a classroom setting. The Career Coach is ADA-compliant with a lift and workstation. All sessions are free and open to the public on a first-come, first-served basis. The Coach closes for lunch from noon to 1pm

The CT WORKS Career Coach parks in front of the library on Main Street.

LOCATION: Other

 
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6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Coloring & Coffee

Relax and reduce stress with coloring for adults.
The library will provide coffee, coloring pages, colored pencils, markers and crayons. You are also welcome to bring your own coloring materials.  Stop in and color!

Please note: This is an adults only program

LOCATION: Board Room

Relax and reduce stress with coloring for adults.
The library will provide coffee, coloring pages, colored pencils, markers and crayons. You are also welcome to bring your own coloring materials.  Stop in and color!

Please note: This is an adults only program

LOCATION: Board Room

Wednesday April 1, 2020

Join the library’s drop-in knitting program! Make new friends, get tips and share ideas while working on your own projects. New to knitting but want to give it a try? We have needles and yarn for you to test out. No registration required.

LOCATION: Board Room

Join the library’s drop-in knitting program! Make new friends, get tips and share ideas while working on your own projects. New to knitting but want to give it a try? We have needles and yarn for you to test out. No registration required.

LOCATION: Board Room

Sunday April 5, 2020
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2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Afternoon Talks: One Immediate Vital Need:The Transcontinental Railroad

Proffesor Hamish Lutris returns to the library to present a talk about the History of the Transcontinental Railroad. 

Free and open to the public.

 

LOCATION: Lovell Room

Proffesor Hamish Lutris returns to the library to present a talk about the History of the Transcontinental Railroad. 

Free and open to the public.

 

LOCATION: Lovell Room

Monday April 6, 2020
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11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Monday Morning Buzz
LOCATION: Board Room
Tuesday April 7, 2020
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6:45 PM - 8:00 PM
Classic Mystery Book Discussion

"The Chinese Orange Mystery" by Ellery Queen - Join this month's Classic Mystery discussion.  We discuss a classic by Ellery Queen, the writers & cousins Frederic Dannay and Manfred B. Lee.  The amateur sleuth is also named Ellery Queen, and in this famous work, the authors present one of the most "impossible crimes" in crime fiction.  Extra copies of the book are available at the Checkout Desk.

LOCATION: Board Room

"The Chinese Orange Mystery" by Ellery Queen - Join this month's Classic Mystery discussion.  We discuss a classic by Ellery Queen, the writers & cousins Frederic Dannay and Manfred B. Lee.  The amateur sleuth is also named Ellery Queen, and in this famous work, the authors present one of the most "impossible crimes" in crime fiction.  Extra copies of the book are available at the Checkout Desk.

LOCATION: Board Room

Wednesday April 8, 2020

Discuss the latest anime & manga, watch your favorite series with friends, & share your artwork!  Help select series to add to the library's collection & plan our annual Strta*Con event, too.

CONTACT: teen  203-385-4167
LOCATION: Board Room

Discuss the latest anime & manga, watch your favorite series with friends, & share your artwork!  Help select series to add to the library's collection & plan our annual Strta*Con event, too.

CONTACT:
  teen
  203.385.4167
  

LOCATION: Board Room

Friday April 10, 2020
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Library Closed - Good Friday

The Library is closed for Good Friday

LOCATION: Whole Building
Sunday April 12, 2020
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1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Library Closed - Easter

The Library is closed for Easter

LOCATION: Whole Building
Tuesday April 14, 2020
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5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Advance Reader's Book Club

Grades 4-6. See books before they are published and decide if the Library should purchase them! New members are welcome - come and see what it's all about!

CONTACT: Children's Department  203-385-4165  childrens@stratfordlibrary.org
LOCATION: Board Room

Grades 4-6. See books before they are published and decide if the Library should purchase them! New members are welcome - come and see what it's all about!

CONTACT:
  Children's Department
  203.385.4165
  childrens@stratfordlibrary.org

LOCATION: Board Room

Wednesday April 15, 2020

Join the library’s drop-in knitting program! Make new friends, get tips and share ideas while working on your own projects. New to knitting but want to give it a try? We have needles and yarn for you to test out. No registration required.

LOCATION: Board Room

Join the library’s drop-in knitting program! Make new friends, get tips and share ideas while working on your own projects. New to knitting but want to give it a try? We have needles and yarn for you to test out. No registration required.

LOCATION: Board Room

Thursday April 16, 2020
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2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Fairy Gardens