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  • Indie Author Day – October 8th

    Calling all writers and readers-
    Stratford Library is participating in the 1st Nationwide Indie Author Day. Stop by the library to meet local authors, network and find your next favorite read.

    Schedule of events:
    12-2pm – Local Author readings
    2-3pm – National Indie Author Panel Discussion
    3-4pm – Local Author book signing and sales in the lobby

    Here is an updated list of the local authors that will be speaking and/or selling their books

     Bob Wpassion-of-baseballirz
    Bob Wirz is the former chief spokesman for Major League Baseball Commissioners Bowie Kuhn and Peter Ueberroth. He spent six years as publicity director for the Kansas City Royals, and has a background in newspaper, radio and television. He started Wirz & Associates, a sports PR and consulting firm, in 1985.




    Jared Topalian
    Jared Topalian is a lifelong Connecticut resident. He is quiet and easy to miss, but speaks quickly, writes faster, and reads voraciously. He loves words, history, swordplay, dragons, mythology, quiet grey days, and his family. After deciding to be a writer at age eight, he has pursued storytelling ever since. He is also the curator of a site for reviews of movies, books and video games.



    musical-whimseyWill Duchon
    Will Duchon has been a church musician since 1981. He is a concert pianist and also the founder of The Opus 30 Mission, an organization which seeks to exonerate those wrongfully imprisoned.  Will has served as a music director at various churches in NY and CT, and is currently serving as director of music for Monroe Congregational Church, Monroe, CT. For more information visit his website:



    Stacy sweat-spotBarnett Mozer
    Stacy Barnett Mozer is a third grade teacher and a mom. She started writing books when a class of students told her that there was no way that a real author who wrote real books could possibly revise their work as much as she asked them to revise. She’s been revising her own work ever since. You can find out more about Stacy and her books at: or by following her on Twitter @SMozer



    Martha mothers-daySimpson
    Martha Seif Simpson has written a variety of professional books for public librarians and media specialists, including Bringing Children into the Public Library. Although she has been writing children’s stories for several years, it took a long time for her to break into the children’s book market. Martha is Head of Children’s Services at the Stratford Library Association. Visit her website for more information


    R.J. Gpainting-of-deceitrand
    In high school, after a relative suggested emancipating (divorcing) R.J. to R.J.’s parents as a form of control and they went to court, R.J. became interested in writing the story but did not start it until 2009. This experience, what came after, a love of books and great passion for writing inspired R.J.’s weaving of personal fiction into mysteries. It’s a natural direction for R.J. to write stories of mysterious menacing humans and the disturbing outcomes that transpire from their ill behavior. The Fortier Series is R.J. Grand’s first series.


    Katie L. elixer-boundCaroll
    Katie L. Carroll began writing at a very sad time in her life after her 16-year-old sister, Kylene, unexpectedly passed away. Since then writing has taken her to many wonderful places, real and imagined. She wrote Elixir Bound and the forthcoming Elixir Saved so Kylene could live on in the pages of a book. Katie is also a contributing author to the middle grade mystery The Great Connecticut Caper. For more about Katie, visit her website at or follow her on Twitter (@KatieLCarroll).


    Hillaboys-and-booksry Tubin
    Hillary Tubin, M.S.Ed, NBCT, is a former educator with 20+ years of experience in the field of literacy. She wrote Boys and Books because she believes the daily reading habit is fundamental to thrive and that it’s not too late for 9- to 14-year-old boys to become lifelong, self-directed readers. Her passion and specialty is helping discouraged parents (and educators) re-shape reading so boys will read. When she’s not advocating for boys and their reading lives, Hillary loves to travel with her husband, run in the mornings, and keep her mind open to what’s possible. To learn more about Hillary, visit her website:

  • Indie Author Day – October 8

    indieauthorday_postcard_authors_5x7_web-1Join Stratford Library on October 8 from noon to 4pm for Indie Author Day, a nationwide event sponsored by BiblioBoard. Indie Author Day is designed to bring local writers together to meet and learn from each other and to participate in panels and lectures on self-publishing, self-marketing and other hot issues for indie writers, in addition to short readings and book signings.

    Everyone is welcome to attend and meet local aspiring authors and to discover new talent. Local writers will be selling their materials on-site for visitors to pick up their next favorite book.


    Schedule of Events
    12-2pm – Meet the Local Authors
    Local authors will be reading from their books and sharing information to help other aspiring writers.
    Jared Topalian – author of Elias Brook
    Will Duchon – author of Musical Whimsy
    Stacy Mozer – author of The Sweet Spot
    Bob Wirz – author of The Passion of Baseball
    Martha Simpson – author of What Not to Give Your Mom on Mother’s Day and The Dreidel That Wouldn’t Spin

    2-3pm – National Indie Author Panel Discussion – Live digital event featuring Q&A with writers, agents and other industry leaders. The panel will feature Jon Fine, previously from Amazon, as the moderator, and panelists Kiera Parrott of Library Journal, Robin Cutler of IngramSpark, 2012 Mover and Shaker award-winning librarian Jim Blanton and BCALA award-winning author L. Penelope. Organized by BiblioBoard, Self-E, and Library Journal.

    3-4pm – Local Author book signings and sales in the lobby.

  • Books on Tap – Fall 2016

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    Join us once a month at The Sitting Duck Tavern (reservation is under “Beth”) to discuss our latest “off-beat” reads! Book clubbers start arriving at 7pm to order food/drinks, settle in, and to catch up with everyone; we let the book commentary start flying at 7:30pm.

    UPROOTED by Naomi Novik – September 20th

    THE REASON I JUMP by Naoki Higashida – October 18th

    UNDERGROUND AIRLINES by Ben Winters – November 15th

    DISRUPTED by Dan Lyons – December 13th

    RSVP through meetup: so that we can save you a seat!

    Copies of the book selections are available at the Check Out desk or can be downloaded onto your ereader, phone or tablet using the Overdrive app via



    kilowatt-reader-meterUnited Illuminated, in partnership with Live Green CT! and the Stratford Library, has donated a pair of kilowatt meter readers to the Library for patron usage.  Electricity bills are rising and consumers can cut down on costs and find out what appliances are actually worth keeping. Patrons can simply connect their appliances to the Kill A Watt®, and it will assess how efficient they really are. Large LCD display will count consumption by the Kilowatt-hour, the same as homeowner’s local utility. Consumers can calculate electrical expenses by the day, week, month or year  It will also check the quality of power by monitoring voltage, line frequency and power factor. Users will discover whether it is time for a new refrigerator or if that old air conditioner is still saving money.

    Two of the new devices have been added to the Stratford Library collection and may be borrowed free-of-charge with a current library card.  They can be borrowed for seven days and also be renewed. The meter readers are currently on display in the Library’s Main Lobby and come with instruction sheets on use.

    For further information, call the Stratford Library at 203.385.4164.


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