Stratford Library programs for youth and adults

Stratford Library

Stratford Library

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

Lego Club              

The Stratford Library LEGO Club for ages 5-12 meets Saturday, May 19 at 1:30.

 

Leading to Reading       

Parents/caregivers of preschool children can learn pre-literacy tips and check out the Library’s reading kits Saturday, May 19, 10:30.

 

Stratford Historical Society meets

Bi-monthly meeting of Stratford’s Historical Society will be held Saturday, May 19, 2-4 p.m., Lovell Room. Guest speaker is Dan Libertino offering a powerpoint presentation from the Sikorsky Aircraft Archives. Free and open to the public.

 

Feeding Backyard Birds

Guest speaker Chris Petherick, lifelong bird enthusiast and owner of the Wild Birds Unlimited Nature Shop in Fairfield, will lead a talk on Feeding Backyard Birds on Sunday, May 20, at 2 p.m., in the Lovell Room. Free and open to the public.

 

Art exhibit

Original photography, Nature at its Best, by Stratford’s Janice Pavlides will be on display through June. Free and open to the public.

 

Spring storytimes         

Spring storytimes run through May 18. Storytimes meet Mondays at 10:30 for Toddler Time (ages 1-2); Tuesdays at 10:30 for ages 3-5; Thursdays at 10:30 for babies up to 18 months, and Fridays at 10:30 for ages 2-5. Summer storytimes will begin June 18 on Mondays and Fridays.

 

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. 2018 schedule from 10-noon and 1-3 each month: May 21 (Word class), June 18 (resume class), July 23, Aug. 20, Sept. 24 (Exel class), Oct. 29, Nov. 26 (resume class) and Dec. 17.

 

Hiking in New England

Guest author Jeff Romano will showcase day hiking opportunities throughout New England Monday, May 21, 7 p.m., Lovell Room. Talk will reveal the region’s best hiking destinations and share advice and answer questions on how and where to plan your next hiking adventure. Copies of Romano’s three books will be available for purchase after his talk. Free and open to the public.

 

Play It Again, Square One

A discussion of the Square One Theatre Company’s production of James Lescesne’s one-man show The Absolute Brightness of Leonard Pelkey will be held with artistic personnel from the play and actor Alexander Kulcsar Tuesday, May 22, noon, Lovell Room. Coffee and tea served. Free and open to the public.

 

Firefighter Rory              

The Stratford Library will host a visit from Firefighter Rory on Tuesday, May 22 at 10:30 in the Children’s Department for ages 2-5.

 

Fair housing talk

Certified homeownership counselors from Bridgeport Neighborhood Trust, a community and housing development agency which is HUD and CHFA approved, offers advice for tenants Wednesday, May 23, 5-8 p.m., Lovell Room. Free and open to the public.

 

Science in Action        

Children ages 8-12 can try hands-on science Wednesday, May 23, 4 p.m.

 

Read to therapy dogs     

Children may read to certified therapy dogs Siena and Drago Thursday, May 24, 4:30-6 p.m. Call 203-385-4165 for a reading time.

 

Tooth Fairy               

The Stratford Library will host a visit from the Tooth Fairy on Tuesday, May 29 at 10:30 in the Children’s Department for ages 2-5.

 

Library closed Sundays

The Stratford Library will be closed on Sundays, May 27 through Oct. 7.

 

Library closed Memorial Day

The Library is closed in observance of Memorial Day on Monday, May 28.

 

Books Over Coffee

Books Over Coffee features Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate Wednesday, May 30, noon, Lovell Room.

Other titles include Glass Houses by Louise Penny (June 27).

Kathy Faggella leads discussion. Free and open to the public. Light refreshments served.

 

Harry Potter book group

On Thursday, May 31 at 3:45, the Stratford Library’s Harry Potter Book Group will watch The Hobbit (rated PG-13). Immediately following at 6:30, there will be a discussion of The Hobbit by JRR Tolkien. Readers ages 8 to adult welcome. Snack provided. New members welcome.

 

3 Keys to Accelerating Your Results

Certified Life Mastery Consultant Debbie Danaher will conduct this dynamic workshop to help define, design and experience your personal dream and receive a blueprint for how to turn your greatest possibility into reality Monday, June 4, 7-8 p.m., Lovell Room. Free and open to the public.

 

Readers Theatre Summer Showcase

Annual series of live theatre readings returns every Thursday night, from June 7, July 26, at 7 p.m., in the Lovell Room, with a new play performed by area actors. Free and open to the public. Doors open at 6:30 for general seating.  Adult audiences suggested. No reading scheduled on July 19. Call 203-395-4162 for titles and dates.

 

Monday Matinees

Monday Matinees film series continues June 11, at noon, in the Lovell Room with a free screening of Blade Runner 2049, rated R. Next: The Shape of Water, R, June 25.

 

Meet the Author

Award-winning journalist/author Maureen Boyle will discuss her work, Shallow Graves, about serial killings that took place in Bedford, Massachusetts Tuesday, June 19, 6:30-8 p.m., Lovell Room. Free and open to the public.

 

The Tempest

The Hudson Shakespeare Company returns to Stratford for its annual outdoor Shakespeare program Saturday, June 30, 2 p.m., Amphitheatre. Bring a lawn chair or blanket. In the event of rain, performance is held in the Library Lovell Room. Free and open to the public.

Digital Dash contest

The Stratford Library is on a mission to get more people to try digital reading through their OverDrive program which offers patrons access to more than 8,000 free digital titles.

Throughout the rest of this year, the library is participating in OverDrive’s Digital Dash contest. If they hit 21,148 digital checkouts by the end of the year, they will be eligible to win additional funds to buy more eBooks and audiobooks for their OverDrive collection.

Readers can access the library’s digital collection 24/7 by visiting stratford.overdrive.com/ or by downloading the Libby app from their device’s app store.

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