As an opportunity for its patrons to clear overdue fines and to assist food drive efforts in the community, the Stratford Library, 2203 Main Street in Stratford, will offer Food for Fines during the entire month of May. Each non-perishable, non-expired food item is worth $1 of fines. Non-perishable food will be collected for the South End Community Center food pantry. Food items must not be damaged, open or expired.
Non-perishable items currently needed are: pasta, cold and hot cereals, spaghetti sauce, canned fruit, peanut butter and jelly, canned vegetables, soups (dry and condensed) and rice. The Food for Fines program, which does not include materials that have been sent to a collection agency, will be in effect until Friday, May 31, 2019.
Stratford Library Book Talk Set for May 29th
“There There” by Tommy Orange is Discussion Topic
The Stratford Library “Books Over Coffee” program continues its 2019 spring series with a discussion of Tommy Orange’s acclaimed debut novel, There There, on Wednesday, May 29th at noon. The program, hosted by Stratford educator and author Kathleen Faggella, is free and open to the public.
Tommy Orange’s groundbreaking novel poses the question, "What does it really mean to be a Native American?" There There follows a unique cast of teenagers and elders who ask this question in light of the complexity of the modern world. Their detachment from tradition, their fractured families and the hustle and bustle of life in contemporary Oakland, California, make their identity as Indians even more elusive. Tommy Orange’s first novel is a wondrous and shattering portrait of an America few of us have ever seen, and it introduces a brilliant new author at the start of a major career.
“Books Over Coffee” will be held in the Stratford Library’s Lovell Room beginning at noon on May 29th. Readers are invited to bring a bag lunch to the program and coffee and tea is also served. Limited reading copies of There There are available for loan at the library’s Circulation Desk. All “Books Over Coffee” titles are available at the Library or on Kindle eReaders for loan. Patrons can also download the ebook or eaudiobook through the OverDrive app at the Library. “Books Over Coffee” will conclude the season on June 26 with a look at Delia Owens’ current bestseller, Where the Crawdads Sing.
For further information, call the Library’s Programs and Public Relation Office at 203.385.4162 or visit: www.stratfordlibrary.org.
“PLAY IT AGAIN, SQUARE ONE” AT STRATFORD LIBRARY
Series Finale Revisits Theatre’s “Trying” on May 21
The Friends of Square One Theatre, in conjunction with the Stratford Library, will conclude the fourteenth season of its popular three-part series, “Play It Again, Square One”, on Tuesday, May 21 beginning at noon. The drama discussion series looks at recent productions by Stratford’s Square One Theatre Company and offers patrons the opportunity to explore and discuss aspects of the play they saw.
According to Friends President Carole Fanslow, the program continues to fill a void for theatergoers: “This series has proved to be a great success. We are grateful to Tom Holehan, the actors and the Stratford Library for helping us to bring this unique program to our members and the theatergoing public.”
For the May 21 session, Square One Artistic Director Tom Holehan, General Manager Richard Pheneger and cast members will lead a discussion of the theatre’s recent critically acclaimed play, “Trying”. Joanna Glass’ touching play based on actual events concerns the relationship between former Attorney General Francis Biddle, who is on the decline, trying to complete his memoirs with the help of a new secretary.
“Play It Again, Square One” will begin at noon on May 21 in the Stratford Library Lovell Room and is free and open to the public. Coffee and tea will be served.
For further information, call the Stratford Library’s Public Relations and Programming Office at 203.385.4162 or visit: www.stratfordlibrary.org.
LIBRARY SETS 2019 DATES FOR CTWORKS CAREER COACH
Due to popular demand, the Stratford Library has announced that the CTWorks Career Coach, a career center on wheels designed to deliver career services and training opportunities at a variety of locations throughout Connecticut, will continue library visits through 2019. The Career Coachdelivers free services to low-wage workers and job seekers in Southwestern Connecticut who are unable to get the services at local career centers due to lack of transportation, childcare or employment schedules.
Visitors to the coach will find computer workshops,10 computer workstations, high speed access to the Internet (via onboard satellite), 42” plasma TV with Smartboard overlay (for training use by the instructor), 10 wireless laptops and exterior plasma TV, interview room and an ADA-compliant lift and workstation for people with disabilities. These workshops are free and open to job seekers 16 year of age or older. Basic computer skills are helpful but not required. First come, first served. Limited seating. Excel, Word and Resume class dates do require registration at the Library.
The 2019 schedule is: May 20 (Word Class), June 17 (Resume Class), July 22, August 19, September 23 (Exel Class), October 28, November 25 (Resume Class) and December 16 from 10 am – noon and 1-3 pm each month. The CTWorks Career Coach will be on site in front of the Stratford Library, 2203 Main Street in Stratford, CT. For further information call the library's Adult Services Department at 203.385.4164 or visit: www.stratfordlibrary.org.
LIBRARY SETS TONY AWARDS DISCUSSION JUNE 5
Will the Temptations take home a Tony Award ® or is it just their ‘magination? Will Hadestown and Beetlejuice ascend? Or will The Prom need to take a Squip when Be More Chill walks away with the Tony for Best Musical?
All of these questions and more will be part of the fun, end-of-season celebration Wednesday, June 5 hosted by the CT Chapter of the League of Professional Theatre Women Stratford Public Library's gorgeous Lovell Room. Networking begins at 5 pm followed by the panel and Tony predictions at 6. Find out who predicted correctly when the 73rd annual Tony Awards honoring the best of Broadway are announced just a few days later.
Local radio personality and Actress Virginia Wolf (Herstory Theater) will moderate a panel of experts who will do their best to guess this year’s winners and talk about all of the shows that made the 2018-2019 Broadway season so exciting. Joining the discussion are Tony and multi Award-winning Producer Pat Addiss (Desperate Measures, A Christmas Story, Spring Awakening, Vanya, Sonia, Masha and Spike), Broadway Publicist Susan L. Schulman (“Backstage Pass to Broadway”) and Broadway Critic Lauren Yarger (Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle).
In addition, the chapter will present a local Connecticut organization with a “Seal of Approval” which recognizes a theater’s success in hiring women for its productions, both on stage and behind the scenes. Light refreshments served. This event will be offered free of charge, but donations will be appreciated to help defray costs.
A Universe of Stories! Summer Reading sign ups begin June 1 for all children. Join us at the Main Street Festival on Saturday, June 1 to sign up or in the Children’s Department any time we are open!
Read with Therapy Dogs Visit Missy Wednesday, May 21 from 4-5 pm. Visit Drago Tuesdays, May 14 and 28 from 4:30-6 pm. Call 203.385.4185 for a reading time.
Harry Potter Book Group Thursday, May 23, 6:30 pm. Ages 8-adult. Read Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – activity, discussion, and snack. Courtesy of the Carol Pieper Memorial Fund.
Library LEGO Club LEGO Club meets Saturday, May 25, 1:30 pm. Ages 5-12.
MAY & JUNE 2019
NOTE: REVISED & UPDATED EACH WEEK!
Art Exhibit: GREATER BRIDGEPORT CAMERA CLUB
May & June 2019 Main Lobby
Original photography by members of the Greater Bridgeport Camera Club will be on display through June. Free and open to the public.
Sunday, May 26, 2019: LIBRARY CLOSED
Sunday, May 27, 2019: MEMORIAL DAY – LIBRARY CLOSED
Books Over Coffee: THERE THERE
Wednesday, May 29, 2019 Noon Lovell Room
Tommy Orange’s critically acclaimed bestseller examines contemporary American Indian culture. Discussion leader: Kathy Faggella. Free and open to the public.
Theatre: READERS THEATRE SUMMER SHOWCASE 2019
Thursdays, June 6-July 27, 2019 7 pm Lovell Room
The Stratford Library in conjunction with the Square One Theatre Company returns with its annual presentation of live theatre readings of new and classical works. Scheduled readings set for: June 6, 13, 20 and 27, July 11 and 25. Adult audiences, general seating. Doors open at 6:30 pm. Free and open to the public.
Saturday, June 1, 2019: MAIN STREET FESTIVAL – LIBRARY CLOSED
Workshop: COLLEGE FINANCIAL PLANNING
Tuesday, June 4, 2019 6:30-7:30 pm Lovell Room
Free educational college planning workshop will focus on high school and middle school students. Even if your family is not eligible for need-based aid, workshop will cover strategies on how to pay for college on the most efficient basis. This workshop is geared to parents of high school juniors, sophomores and freshman. Reserve your spaceyby clicking this link: https://stratford060419.eventbrite.com.
Panel Discussion: THE TONY AWARDS!
Wednesday, June 5, 2019 5-7:30 pm Lovell Room
The Connecticut Chapter of the League of Professional Theatre Women will sponsor a lively evening of networking and predictions of this year’s Tony Awards with professionals in the field. Local radio personality and actress Virginia Wolf will host a panel discussion with theatre experts from Broadway and beyond. Free and open to the public.
Monday Matinees: “A STAR IS BORN”
Monday, June 10, 2019 Noon Lovell Room
Bradley Cooper’s Oscar-nominated remake of the classic show business story stars Lady Gaga as a rising star with Cooper as the musician in her considerable shadow. R, 135 minutes
Presentation: WOODSTOCK: 50TH ANNIVERSARY!
Wednesday, June 12, 2019 Noon Lovell Room
Special multi-media presentation will stir up old memories and provide a new perspective of the August 1969 Woodstock Exposition of Music & Art. Come celebrate the nostalgia! Free and open to the public
Workshop: IMPLICIT BIAS
Tuesday, June 18, 2019 6:30-8 pm Lovell Room
Sponsored by C.A.R.E. (Citizens Addressing Racial Equity), this evening’s workshop will address how someone's race, sex, age and other characteristics influence the way we see and treat them even when we are genuinely trying to be unbiased. What concrete steps can we take to help prevent this from happening? Dr. Michael Andreychik of Fairfield University will lead this workshop which will introduce the concept of implicit bias. Free and open to the public.
Monday Matinees: “GREEN BOOK”
Monday, June 24, 2019 Noon Lovell Room
Winner of this year’s Academy Award as “Best Picture”, this true story is based on the relationship between black classical pianist Dr. Don Shirley (Mahershala Ali) and his white driver (Viggo Mortensen) as they embark on a concert tour in the Deep South circa 1960. PG:13, 130 minutes
Books Over Coffee: WHERE THE CRAWDADS SING
Wednesday, June 26, 2019 Noon Lovell Room
The current bestselling novel by Delia Owens is the topic of today’s discussion. Discussion leader: Kathy Faggella. Free and open to the public.
Theatre: “AS YOU LIKE IT”
Saturday, June 29, 2019 2 pm Back Courtyard
The Hudson Shakespeare Company returns to Stratford with a live outdoor presentation of Shakespeare’s effervescent comedy classic. Bring a lawn chair or blanket to spread. In the event of inclement weather, the play will be moved to the Library Lovell Room. Free and open to the public.
For further information, call the Stratford Library Public Relations & Programming Office