Welcome to the Stratford Library Adult Department.
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
Join 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.
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: https://www.meetup.com/Stratford-book-club-social-hub/ 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 stratford.lib.overdrive.com
United 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.
The Library welcomes its new Assistant Director, Geri Diorio. She is a resident of Stratford and fills the previous position held by Sheri Szymanski who was appointed the Library’s new director last February.
Since 2003 Geri Diorio was Teen Services Librarian and Head of Children’s Services for the Ridgefield Library. She also reviews books, audiobooks and films for various professional journals; is a judge for the Audies and serves on the Nutmeg Book Award Steering Committee. At the Stratford Library Diorio previously worked part-time in the Children’s, Teen and Adult Reference’s departments. She holds a Master of Library and Information Science degree from Southern Connecticut State University and a Bachelor of Science in Media Studies, summa cum laude from Sacred Heart University. Her professional affiliations included the American Library Association, Connecticut Library Association and the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA).
“We’re very fortunate to have a person of Geri’s expertise on staff at the Stratford Library,” said Library Director Sheri Szymanski, “and we look forward to working with her as the Stratford Library continues to grow and provide the most current and reliable services to its patrons.” Diorio added, “I’m excited to be working full time in my hometown library and anxious to help Sheri and the staff make the Stratford Library the best it can be.”