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  • 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.


  • Welcome Geri Diorio our new Assistant Director

    geriThe 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.”


  • uCreate Summer

    flops-and-shirtDrop in to the Lovell Room and get ready for summer!
    Make a t-shirt beach tote, decorate your flip flops and sign up for summer reading. Snack while you get a sneak peek at the Library’s new uCreate equipment and find some great books to read.
    Monday, June 20. Drop in between 5 – 8 pm.
    Refreshments will be served
    Bring a t-shirt and/or flip flops and get ready to create!
    No registration needed, for ages 18+

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