Stratford Library fall programs and events

Stratford Library, 2203 Main Street; Hours: Monday-Thursday, 10-8; Friday-Saturday, 10-5; Sunday, 1-5; 203-385-4162, stratfordlibrary.org.

Organic gardening talk

The Stratford Library will host Naturalist/Educator John Root for a special program, “Organic Gardening for Everyone” Thursday, Oct. 13, 7 p.m. Learn natural and effective techniques for the cultivation of a variety of vegetables, fruits, herbs and flowers. Free and open to the public. Doors open at 6:30.

 

Read Around Stratford

The Children’s Department encourages children to participate in a school year reading program called Read Around Stratford. Sign-ups continue through March 2017. Read 1,000 pages during the school year and come to a special party just for readers. Other prizes and special activities will be offered throughout the year. Read Around Stratford also takes monthly trips to different Stratford places. The October visit will be to the Congregation Cemetery on Thursday, Oct. 13, at 4 p.m. for ages 5-12. Both programs are courtesy of the Carol Pieper Memorial Fund.

 

Coloring and Coffee

Come and experience the latest trend in relaxation, adult coloring books — Friday, Oct. 14 and 28, 10-11:30 a.m.; Saturday, Oct. 22, 10-11:30 a.m., Lovell Room. The library will provide coloring pages and colored pencils. Coffee served and soothing music will play. Participants welcome to bring their own coloring materials. Free; adults only.

 

Library LEGO Club

Stratford Library LEGO Club will meet Saturday, Oct. 15, at 1:30 for ages 5-12.

 

Sunday Afternoon Talks

Sunday Afternoon Talks, a monthly series of informative talks featuring prominent local guest speakers, coordinated by Stratford resident and Library volunteer Charles Lautier:

Oct. 16: Folk Music Multi-Media presentation by Steve Winters

Nov. 6: General James Wilkinson by Eric Chandler

Jan. 8: The Pennsylvania Station in New York City, From Corporate Jewel to Corporate Vandalism by Richard Abramson

Feb. 12: Leaf Cutter Ants by Dr. Barbara Beitch

March 5: Connecticut Town Greens by Professor Eric Lehman

April 2: Shakespeare: Myth and Reality by Dr. Francis DeStefano

May 7: Newspapers in the Civil War by Professor Hamish Lutris

 

Aspiring Authors

Aspiring Authors ages 8-12 meet Monday, Oct. 17, at 4. Bring a notebook and pencil.

 

Build a terrarium

Beautify your space and bring a little green into your home by building your own terrarium Monday, Oct. 17, 7-8 p.m. Terrariums are easy to make and take care of and brighten any room.  All materials provided. Space is limited to 20 participants. Held in conjunction with the “One Book, One Stratford” series.

 

Creating writing for teens

High school and college students who love to write both prose and poetry are invited to this monthly workshop to share their writings and get feedback Monday, Oct. 17, 6:30-8. Future workshops: Nov. 21 and Dec. 19.

 

Monday Matinees

Free monthly screenings of recent, popular films shown uncut and on widescreen continue Monday, Oct. 17, at noon with 10 Cloverfield Lane, PG-13. Next in the series: Nov. 14, Barbershop: The Next Cut, PG-13; Dec. 5, Captain America: Civil War.

 

Kids gardening book discussions

Children ages 6-12 are invited to a book discussion of Farmer Will Allen and the Growing Table on Tuesday, Oct. 18, at 6. The book will be read during the discussion. The Secret Garden book discussion will meet Sunday, Oct. 23 at 1:30. Children should read the book prior to the discussion. These garden-themed events are part of “One Book, One Stratford.”

 

Teen Anime club

Teens are invited to discuss anime and manga, view movies and share their artwork at this monthly club Wednesday, Oct. 19, 4-5. Future sessions: Nov. 9 and Dec. 14

 

Move ‘n’ Groove storytime

Move ‘n’ Groove Storytime for ages 2-6 Wednesday, Oct. 19, 6:30.

Read to therapy dogs

Read to therapy dogs Siena and Drago Thursday, Oct. 20, 4:30-6.

 

Halloween yoga

Halloween yoga for ages 3-5 will meet Friday, Oct. 21, at 10:30. Children are encouraged to wear orange or black if possible. Bring a towel or mat. Space is limited.

 

Fall storytimes

Children’s department offers storytimes throughout the fall which are free and open to the public. School vacation and holiday schedules may vary. Registration is not required. Toddler Time meets Mondays at 10:30 for walkers ages 1-2. Siblings welcome. Preschool Power Hour meets Tuesdays at 10:30 for ages 3 and up. Various stories, activities and crafts. Baby Lapsit meets on Thursdays at 10:30 for babies and young toddlers. Friday Fun meets Fridays at 10:30 for ages 2-5. Move ‘n Groove meets two Wednesdays a month at 6:30 for ages 2-5.

 

Art exhibit

Members of the Greater Bridgeport Camera Club, founded in 1914, share their recent images in this free exhibit open to the public through October.

 

Pumpkin techniques

Learn how to design, create and carve out the perfect pumpkin for Halloween at this free workshop Monday, Oct. 24, 7-8 p.m., Lovell Room. Stratford graphic artist Joe Pedoto will present the program held in conjunction with One Book, One Stratford.

 

Career coach

Free services to low-wage workers and job seekers age 16 and older in Southwestern Connecticut who are unable to get the services at local career centers due to lack of transportation, childcare or employment schedules Mondays, from 10-3, Oct. 24, Nov. 21 and Dec. 19.

 

Square One meeting

Square One Theatre Company will hold an open meeting Wednesday, Oct. 26, 6:30, Lovell Room. Meeting will present the events planned this year as well as a sneak-preview of the theatre’s opening production, Now or Later, by Christopher Shinn. Free and open to the public. Light refreshments served.

 

Books Over Coffee

One Book, One Stratford selection, Gaining Ground by Forrest Pritchard Wednesday, Oct. 26, noon, Lovell Room. Other titles include Chris Cleave’s latest novel, Everyone Brave is Forgiven (Nov. 30) and Britt-Marie Was Here by Fredrik Backman (Dec. 21). Bring a bag lunch; coffee and tea served.

 

Crazy 8s math fun

Crazy 8s Math for ages 5-8 meets Wednesday, Oct. 26, 6:30.

 

Make your own baby food demo

Stratford Library will host a demonstration of how to make healthy baby food with a professional vegetarian chef on Thursday, Oct. 27, at 11.

Harry Potter Book Club

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows book discussion fr ages 8 to adult Thursday, Oct. 27, 6:30. Read the book prior to the discussion.

 

Meet-the-Author

Cynthia Parzych, author of Connecticut Made will be at the library Sunday, Oct. 30, 2 p.m., Lovell Room. Held in conjunction with the ongoing celebration of One Book, One Stratford.  Autographed copies of Connecticut Made available for purchase. Free and open to the public.

 

Help a Neighbor Out

Program brings Stratford organizations and community members together around environmental education, environmental justice, and renewable energy to “Help a Neighbor Out.” The goal is to educate Stratford residents on the financial and environmental benefits of solar. Program runs through Nov. 11.

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