Welcome to the Stratford Library Adult Department.

  • Meet the Author: Elizabeth Stuart-Grimes

    Elizabeth Stuart-Grimes

    Local author Elizabeth Stuart-Grimes will be at Stratford Library to discuss her new book, Priorities…, a written narrative about how to get back to basics while still progressing forward. A bit like reading someone’s personal journal, PRIORITIES… is designed to help people come to grips with life in the modern, twenty-first century and discover that they are not alone.

    Friday, May 8, 2015
    Lovell Room

    Priorities… is Elizabeth’s first book.  Autographed copies will be available for purchase after the program.

  • Books on Tap

    Join Lauren and Beth for a pint and an offbeat book discussion once a month at The Sitting Duck Tavern! Mingle and grab a bite to eat from 7:00pm-7:30pm and then chat about the book from 7:30pm-8:30pm.  Come for all or part of the time–whatever works best for your schedule.

    So You've Been Publicly Shamed - May 2015 Tell The Wolves I'm Home - June 2015 Outliers - July 2015 The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao - August 2015

    May 26th – So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed by Jon Ronson

    June 30th – Tell The Wolves I’m Home by Carol Rifka Brunt

    July 28th – Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell

    August 25th – The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Díaz

    Check out our “Books on Tap” Facebook page for more information. If you have any questions, you can also call: (203) 385-4164 or drop us an email at:




  • #FundCTLibraries

    Save CT Libraries


    Make some noise for CT libraries! Speak out in support of library funding and help us fight the governor’s proposed budget to eliminate ConnectiCard, CLC, and grant funding.

    What does this mean for you and your community?

    Cuts to ConnectiCard mean:
    Connecticut residents will only be able to borrow books from their hometown library—the ability to borrow from any public library in the state will disappear.

    Cuts to CLC mean:
    The Connecticut Library Consortium (CLC) will no longer be able to save $7.1 million in taxpayer dollars by coordinating statewide purchasing contracts for books and services.

    Cuts to Grants mean:
    This funding helps libraries already under financial strain to continue to provide necessary services to residents. Cutting grants hurts those people who need libraries the most.

    What can YOU do? Write, call, or email your legislatures and governor:

    Now is not the time to remain quiet!  Once these statutes are eliminated, they will be nearly impossible to reinstate.


  • Free Small Business Administration Workshops

    Thinking of Starting Your Own Business?


    Already in business but still have questions?  Is your business in need of financing but don’t know where to go?  Wondering how to do business with the State of Connecticut and the Federal Government?

    The U.S. Small Business Administration’s CT District Office has partnered with the Stratford Chamber of Commerce and Milford Bank to offer free seminars for small business owners and those thinking of about entering the world of entrepreneurship.

    All workshops will be from 5-7 pm in the Lovell Room.
    To register:
    Call Lisa Powell at 860.240.4892
    or email:

    Wed., March 4
    Starting Your Small Business
    Have you ever thought about starting a business?  Doing it right from the start is a key to your success.  A great place to start is this free seminar that helps point you in the right direction.  This seminar will cover topics such as choosing a business name/structure, licensing, registrations, importance of business plan, etc.

    Wed., March 18
    ABC’s of a Business Plan
    The importance, what it is used for, what should be in it, what it says about you and your business

    Wed., April 1
    Financing Your Small Business (what lenders look for and understanding credit reports)
    Finding capital for your small business is not impossible.  Get pointers from the SBA that will help you get your business moving toward financial stability.  Topics discussed will be traditional (SBA’s guaranteed loan program) and non-traditional (SBA’s micro-loan program) ways of financing, what lenders look for and understanding a credit report

    Wed., April 29
    Doing Business with the Government
    This seminar will cover where you need to be registered in order to do business with the State of Connecticut and the Federal Government.  You will be shown the websites for locating federal bids over $25,000 and the State’s bid portal where State and Municipal bids can be found.  Also covered will be State and Federal Set-aside programs.

  • National Women’s History Month

    Pauline Cushman uniformFemale Spies in the Civil War

    American military historian Matthew Bartlett presents this fascinating program on female spies during the Civil War. The program focuses on four women who risked all for their country during the Civil War. Mr. Bartlett will tell how these women played an important part in the extensive spy networks that were formed on both the Union and Confederate sides. He will be dressed in period costume for this program.

    Matthew Bartlett is the author of the series of books on the Battle of Gettysburg, “The Gettysburg Chronicle,” he has a Master’s of Military History with a specialization in Civil War Studies from the American Military University.

    Sponsored by the John Hutchinson Memorial Fund.

    Saturday, May 9,  2015
    2pm Lovell Room

    Rescheduled from March 1.

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