Stratford Library’s 125th Anniversary

Stratford Library is celebrating our quasquicentennial, or 125th Birthday, in 2022! Whether you just moved to Stratford this year or still have your beige Stratford Library Association card, we’re sure you’ll want to celebrate with us. To get started, check out the Library’s History page and our Youtube video or purchase a commemorative Stratford Library 125th Anniversary Memory Book for $5 at our Check Out Desk! Also, get cooking with our community cookbook or share a recipe of your own! We have a lot of events scheduled for 2022, so mark your calendar today:

Historian Dave Wright will present a special Halloween program about Stratford’s haunted past.
November 14-18: Fall Film Festival – 125th Birthday Edition

December 4-18: Holiday Music Series featuring the CT Yuletide Carolers, New England Guitar Society, and more!

We hope you will join us in this year-long celebration!
Maria Ferrera
Chairperson, 125th Celebration Committee

Past Events:

January 11: An (online) Evening Tea Party – The History of Tea
A guest speaker from Fairfield’s famed Bigelow Tea Company will give a history of tea in America this evening.   In conjunction with the talk, a variety of delicious teas, compliments of Bigelow, will be available at the Library for patrons to pick up. 

February 5:  Take Your Child to the Library Day! / Martha Simpson Day
The Library will be celebrating National Take Your Child to the Library Day with our own version – Martha Simpson Day! Mrs. Simpson will be retiring in February 2022. So celebrate our Department Head and her many accomplishments over the past decades! In honor of the special day, we will have giveaways for kids ages 0 to 12. 

February 13: Sunday Afternoon Talks: The African American Museum
Jeffrey A. Fletcher, President: African American Collections, Inc., Executive Director: The Ruby and Calvin Fletcher African American History Museum, Graduate of University of New Haven “The key to the future is understanding the past.” The Ruby and Calvin Fletcher African American History Museum was developed primarily to educate, but more importantly, to afford everyone an opportunity to see historical and cultural artifacts up close and personal.

March 6: Sunday Afternoon Talks: Igor Sikorsky, Jr. THE LINDBERGH-SIKORSKY CONNECTION  
Igor I. Sikorsky, Jr.  is a retired attorney and son of aviation pioneer Igor Sikorsky, Sr.  He will share the pioneering efforts in aviation history of his father and is also the author of the new book, THE LINDBERGH-SIKORSKY CONNECTION detailing Sikorsky, Sr.’s interactions with Charles Lindbergh.

March 24: Storytelling & Poetry Festival
Come celebrate 125 years of the Stratford Library through stories! We will hear stories on the theme: THE LIBRARY. What does the Library mean to you?  When did you get your first Library card? Is your home library significant? 

April 30: Stratford Library’s Annual Gala
The Stratford Library’s Annual Gala will be held at Vazzano’s Four Seasons, 337 Kenyon Street in Stratford. Dance the night away as we enjoy live music, appetizers, drinks, dinner and dessert! The evening will feature a Silent Auction and Raffle Table.

May 30: Spot the Library in Stratford’s Memorial Day Parade

June 3-5: The Book Sale is back!
The Stratford Library Board’s Book Sale is back! Join us Main Street Festival Weekend for a 3-day event featuring a great selection of children’s books, hardcovers, paperbacks, DVDs and more! Click here for details.
June 8: Readers Theatre Showcase – 125th Plays!
Stratford’s SquareWrights Playwrighting group will present original 10-minute plays celebrating the Library!
July 16: Stratford Library’s 125th Birthday Bash!
Celebrate the Library’s birthday with food trucks, children’s performers, stomp rockets, and a 2 pm performance of Much Ado About Nothing! A celebration for the whole family!
July 23: New England Guitar Society Concert
The New England Guitar Society returns to the Library for a special midsummer concert.
September 23: Annual Friendraiser: An Evening with Mark Twain

Thank you to our sponsors:

The Mayor’s Charity Golf Tournament


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