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Opiate Documentary Will Host Director at Free Screening
The Library will host a special free screening of the acclaimed documentary, “Dying in Vein: The Opiate Generation” on Wednesday, April 5 from 6:30-9 pm. The area premiere of the film will include a Q&A session with director Jenny Mackenzie, addiction specialists, as well as recovery and support programs. The evening is sponsored by the Library, Stratford Partnership Youth and Families and the Stratford Health Department.
“Dying in Vein: The Opiate Generation” is a deeply personal exploration of opiate and heroin addiction through a cinéma vérité style that drops one directly into the lives of an addict in recovery, a lesbian couple trying to get clean and a family grieving the loss of their son. Through these stories, the film explores the contemporary belief of ‘living life pain free’, the shame and blame that exists around addiction, co-dependence and the impact of socioeconomic class on our broken treatment system. Award-winning filmmaker James Redford calls the documentary, “An extraordinarily intimate and beautiful film about one of America’s biggest public health tragedies.”
Some of the specialists who will be on hand for the one-to-one discussion following the film include Donna and Matt Deluca, Co-Founders of The Community Addiction & Recovery Education & Support (C.A.R.E.S.) Group and Chief Clinical Officer Jennifer Kolakowski and Division Director of Outpatient Services Carolee Paruta from the Recovery Network of Programs (R.N.P.).
“Dying in Vein” will be shown in the Lovell Room of the Stratford Library beginning at 6:30 pm on April 5th. It is a free event, but reservations are strongly encouraged by calling Stratford Community Services at: 203.385.4095.
SquareWrights Playwright Group will present “Quickies in the Stacks: All About Food,” six original short one-act plays, on Saturday, March 25 at 2 pm at the Stratford Library Lovell Room. The program is being presented to benefit Sterling House Community Center’s Food Pantry. Admission to the play festival is a donation of a non-perishable food or a monetary gift of one’s choice. All donations will go directly to the Food Pantry. Click here for more information.
Smitten with ReadingJanuary 16th-February 27th
Shake off the winter weather woes and fall in love with a good book!
Participate in our first-ever adult winter reading program, Smitten with Reading, and be entered into our weekly prize drawing!
It’s easy to join: fill out a ticket for each book read during our six-week program and drop it off at the Library! Can’t make it to the Library each week? Send us a direct message on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter and be sure to include your name, telephone/email, and book(s) you read for the week.
Winners will be called and announced on our social media pages each week.We’re also collecting new mittens for South End Community Center’s Coat Closet program if you’d like to donate a pair to a good cause.
Find a cozy spot, snuggle up, and get reading!
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 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 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 Dragongrok.com a site for reviews of movies, books and video games.
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: willduchon.com
Stacy Barnett 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: StacyMozer.com or by following her on Twitter @SMozer
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 Martha-Seif-Simpson.com
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. Caroll
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 www.katielcarroll.com or follow her on Twitter (@KatieLCarroll).
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: www.hillarytubin.com