The Stratford Library continues the fall season of “Sunday Afternoon Talks”, its monthly series of informative and entertaining talks featuring prominent local guest speakers, on Sunday, November 3 at 2 pm with “Stories from Stratford: “Shag Carpet Toilet” & “St. Stan’s: Tales from the Penguin Academy”. Guest speaker is author Kenneth Lynch. “Sunday Afternoon Talks” is free and open to the public.
Humorist Kenneth Lynch wrote two novels about his experiences growing up in Stratford in the early 1970s: “Shag Carpet Toilet” and “St. Stan’s: Tales from the Penguin Academy”. Lynch was born in Bridgeport but soon moved to Stratford where he attended Franklin Elementary School, Holy Name of Jesus School, Wooster Junior High School and Stratford High School. In his senior year, his family moved to Wallingford and lived there until he enlisted in the Navy in 1976. Following a 27 year career, he settled down in Dublin, Pennsylvania, where he now lives. He never forgot the people and events of life along Connecticut's "Gold Coast", however, and claims tongue-in-cheek: “You can blame Stratford for the way he is!”
“Sunday Afternoon Talks”will be held in the Stratford Library’s Lovell Room beginning at 2 pm on Sunday, November 3. A complete schedule of future talks through May 2020 is now available at the Library or online at: www.stratfordlibrary.org.
Stratford Library Book Talk Set for October 30th
“Woman in the Window” by A.J. Finn is Discussion Topic
The Stratford Library “Books Over Coffee” program continues its 2019 fall series with a discussion of A.J. Finn’s bestselling thriller, The Woman in the Window, on Wednesday, October 30th at noon. The program, hosted by Linda LiDestri, is free and open to the public.
The Woman in the Window introduces Anna Fox, a former child psychologist, who is agoraphobic as a result of post-traumatic stress disorder. When the novel opens, it’s been around a year since she’s left her house, though her husband and daughter are no longer living there. She’s depressed and drinks heavily and is on a medley of prescription drugs. Like The Girl on the Train and Hitchcock’s Rear Window, she believes she witnesses a crime, which serves as the central mystery of the novel.
“Books Over Coffee” will be held in the Stratford Library’s Lovell Room beginning at noon on October 30th. Readers are invited to bring a bag lunch to the program and coffee and tea is also served. Limited reading copies of The Woman in the Window 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 continue on November 20th with a look at Laurie Fabiano’s Elizabeth Street.
For further information, call the Library’s Programs and Public Relation Office at 203.385.4162 or visit: www.stratfordlibrary.org.
LIBRARY NOW OPEN SUNDAYS
Special Programming Announced
The Stratford Library, 2203 Main Street in Stratford is now open on Sundays from 1-5 pm. The hours will continue until May 17, 2020.
The return of “Sunday Afternoon Talks” has coincided with the library reopening and will continue on monthly Sundays through May. Also currently scheduled for Sundays: “Meet-the-Author: Ken Lynch” (November 3), Stratford Historical Society (November 24) and Holiday Music Concerts (December 1, 8 & 15)
The Stratford Library continues its film series through 2019! The series offers free showings of recent, popular films shown uncut and on widescreen at noon each month.
For information call: 203.385.4162
November 4 at Noon
Jack Malik (Himesh Patel) is a struggling singer-songwriter in a tiny English seaside town whose dreams of fame are rapidly fading, despite the fierce devotion and support of his childhood best friend, Ellie (Lily James). Then, after a freak bus accident during a mysterious global blackout, Jack wakes up to discover that The Beatles have never existed... and he finds himself with a very complicated problem, indeed. PG-13, 112 minutes
December 9 at Noon
The grave course of events set in motion by Thanos that wiped out half the universe and fractured the Avengers ranks compels the remaining Avengers to take one final stand in Marvel Studios' grand conclusion to twenty-two films, "Avengers: Endgame." PG-13, 182 minutes
The Stratford Library Board of Trustees will present a special fundraiser for the library on Friday and Saturday, November 15 and 16. The second annual family event is FORE! Stratford Library, a mini-golf fundraiser to benefit the library collection. For the benefit, the Stratford Library will be transformed into a mini-golf course, complete with 18 holes. The course will be open for adults on Friday evening from 6:30-9 pm, including a night of food and fun for grown-ups. On Saturday, from 10 am-3:30 pm, the course will be open for mini-golfers of all ages.
The Library is currently offering sponsorship for individuals and local businesses at the benefit. FORE! Stratford Library will allow supporters to be an Event or Hole Sponsor and have the option to decorate a hole on the course. The benefit will help sponsors reach hundreds of Stratford residents while helping the Library continue to offer great programs and materials.
Event Sponsors at $500 will get their company name on all event publicity, a high visibility hole for sponsorship, two tickets to the Friday evening adult event ($50 value) or two family five-some of tickets for the Saturday event ($40 value), company name/logo on event poster and scorecards and linked from the Stratford Library website and certificate to display your business. Premium Hole Sponsors at $200 will receive sole sponsorship of one hole, one ticket for the Friday evening adult event ($25 value) and a family five-some of tickets for the Saturday evening ($20 value), company name/logo on event poster and linked from the Stratford Library website with a certificate. Hole Sponsors at $150 are the same as Premium but may have to share a hole with another sponsor.
Current sponsors include Ash Creek Enterprises, The Square One Theatre Company, Dougherty Insurance, Mitchell & Sheahan P.C., Sterling House Community Center, Stratford Antique Center, the Pickle Barrel and the Proto & Bevacqua Family.
Individuals and businesses interested in sponsoring the FORE! Stratford Library benefit can email: firstname.lastname@example.org or call the Administration Office at: 203.385.4166.
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: 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.
OCTOBER & NOVEMBER 2019
NOTE: REVISED & UPDATED EACH WEEK!
Art Exhibit: SKY
Thru October 31, 2019 Main Lobby
Original digital photography and watercolors is highlighted in the family exhibit by Assante (illustrator), Zuri (photographer) and Sheniqua (graphic artist) Ewers. On display through October 31, 2019. Free and open to the public.
Books Over Coffee: THE WOMAN IN THE WINDOW
Wednesday, October 30, 2019 Noon Lovell Room
The bestselling thriller by A.J. Finn about a woman losing her grip as she tries to convince people she has witnessed a murder next door, is the topic of today’s discussion. Coffee and tea served. Discussion Leader: Linda LiDestri. Free and open to the public.
Art Exhibit: ART & TEXT
November-December 2019 Main Lobby
Original artwork from a diverse group of artists in the area make up this inaugural collaboration of 13 Fairfield County Libraries sharing the same theme of Art & Text in their unique exhibits. The installations showcase painting, printmaking, mixed media, sculpture and more. Pick up the special ART SPACES postcard at the exhibit to see what other libraries to visit. Free and open to the public.
Sunday Afternoon Talks: STRATFORD STORIES
Sunday, November 3, 2019 2 pm Lovell Room
Author Kenneth Lynch returns to Stratford to discuss his two humorous novels, “Shag Carpet Toilet” and “St. Stan’s: Tales from the Penguin Academy”. Autographed copies of Lynch’s books will be available for purchase after the discussion. Free and open to the public.
Workshop: JOB APPLICATIONS: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
Monday, November 4, 2019 10 am Lovell Room
This invaluable workshop will cover what to do before, during, and after the application process, how to upload and download application-related documents such as resumes and what is and isn’t necessary to include in your application. The workshop will be taught by a Goodwill Career Coach. Attendees will have the opportunity to schedule an appointment with the Goodwill Career Center to receive individual assistance. Register to reserve a spot at www.stratfordlibrary.org or 203-385-4164
Monday Matinees: “YESTERDAY”
Monday, November 4, 2019 Noon Lovell Room
After a freak bus accident during a mysterious global blackout, a struggling musician, Jack, wakes up to discover that The Beatles have never existed. Performing songs by the greatest band in history to a world that has never heard them, Jack becomes on overnight sensation with a little help from his agent. Rated PG-13, 116 minutes.
Monday, November 11, 2019: VETERANS DAY - LIBRARY CLOSED
Thursday, November 14 10:30 am- Noon Lovell Room
Bring your Android Tablet or Android phone to class and learn the basics of operating your device. Participants must have a Google Play account and know their password. Topics include but not limited to Internet searching, calendar feature, texting, managing email, and camera and photo organizing. Register to reserve a spot at: www.stratfordlibrary.org or 203-385-4164.
Fundraiser: FORE! STRATFORD LIBRARY MINI-GOLF
Friday, November 15, 2019 6:30-9 pm
Saturday, November 16, 2019 10 am-3:30 pm
Enjoy a round of mini-golf with the whole family in the Library stacks! Friday night is for adults (21+) with food, drink, silent auction and hole in one prices for $15/person, $25/person with drinks. Saturday event is for all ages with hole-in-one prizes and silent auction. Cost is $5/person or $20/fivesome. Participants age 13 and under must be accompanied by an adult. Tickets available at the Stratford Library Check-Out Desk. For further information, visit www.stratfordlibrary.org or call: 203.385.4166.
Meet-the-Author: MARTY PODSKOCH
Sunday, November 17, 2019 2-4 pm Lovell Room
Mellow Monkey Gifts and Home Decor in cooperation with the Stratford Library presents this exciting presentation and book signing by author and historian, Marty Podskoch and his new book, The Connecticut 169 Club: Your Passport and Guide to Exploring Connecticut. Autographed books available for purchase after presentation. Free and open to the public. Reserve at: https://mellowmonkey.com/pages/discovering-connecticut-event-and-book-signing.
Stratford Lifelong Learners: THE LOSS OF THE USS INDIANPOLIS
Tuesday, November 19 1 pm Baldwin Center
Bob Begin talks about the USS Indianapolis, which delivered the atomic bomb to be dropped on Hiroshima and was sunk by Japanese torpedoes plunging nearly 900 crewmen into the ocean. Due to an incredible series of blunders by the Navy Department, the ship was not even noted as being missing for five days. During that time, the men in the water faced numerous life threatening challenges until rescue finally came. Lifelong Learners programs are co-sponsored by Stratford Senior Services and Stratford Library. All programs are free and open to the public.
Books Over Coffee: ELIZABETH STREET
Wednesday, November 20, 2019 Noon Lovell Room
In Laurie Fabiano’s novel Giovanna Costa, reeling from personal tragedies, tries to make a new life for herself at the turn of the twentieth century in New York City's Little Italy. Her modest success is rewarded with the attention of the notorious Black Hand, a gang of brutal extortionists Coffee and tea served. Discussion Leader: Linda LiDestri. Free and open to the public.
Workshop:MEET THE COMPUTER
Thursday, November 21 2-3:30 pm Board Room
In this beginners only course participants will get acquainted with the computer, the keyboard and the mouse learning what they are and how to use them. Reserve a spot at: www.stratfordlibrary.org or 203-385-4164.
Workshop: COLORING & COFFEE
Monday, November 25 6-7:30 pm Lovell Room
Relax and reduce stress with coloring for adults! The library will provide coffee, coloring pages, colored pencils, markers and crayons. Free and open to the public.
Wednesday, November 27, 2019: LIBRARY CLOSES at 5 PM TODAY
Thursday, November 28, 2019: LIBRARY CLOSED– THANKSGIVING
For further information, call the Stratford Library Public Relations & Programming Office