Adults

Welcome to the Stratford Library Adult Department.

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  • Free Small Business Administration Workshops

    Thinking of Starting Your Own Business?

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    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: lisa.powell@sba.gov

    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.

    Sunday, March 1, 2015
    2pm Lovell Room

  • Travel the World with Stratford Lifelong Learners

    Plan an easy get away!

    Art of the Daycation

    Learn how to take the best daycation ever.

    A daycation is a day to get away from it all without the need to spend the night.

    You might not think that there is a whole lot to do nearby. ink again. Approaching a daycation as a traveler would can help you identify terric options that uniquely suit you.

    Get ideas and learn how to research them and design an amazing dayaway.

    Nina Lesiga is a Travel Coach and Speaker who specializes in traveling solo.

    All are welcome to attend this free program.

    Stratford LifeLong Learners is co-sponsored by Stratford Library and Stratford Senior Services

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    Join Rita Wagener on a journey through Eastern Africa.

    Rita, originally from Uganda, takes you through fashions and dances of Africa, as well as culture, customs and beliefs of Eastern Africa. At the end of the show, you feel like you have traveled to Africa, without even being on a plane. You don’t need a passport to go on this journey with Rita. Audience invited to participate.

    All are welcome to attend this free program.

    Stratford LifeLong Learners is co-sponsored by Stratford Library and Stratford Senior Services

     

     

     

  • New Year, New Book Club Picks

    Check out our latest book club selection offerings!

    BOOKS OVER COFFEE

    Join discussion leader, Kathy Faggella, for a lively book discussion once a month in the Lovell Room at 12:00pm.

    Station Eleven - JanuaryWild - FebruaryThe Paying Guests - March

    The Bookman's Tale - AprilA Long Way Home - MayThe Husband's Secret - June

    January 28th – Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel

    February 25th – Wild by Cheryl Strayed

    March 25th – The Paying Guests by Sarah Waters

    April 29th – The Bookman’s Tale by Charlie Lovett

    May 27thA Long Way Home by Saroo Brierley

    June 24thThe Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty

    BOOKS ON TAP

    Join discussion leaders, Lauren and Beth, for a pint and book discussion once a month at The Sitting Duck Tavern (3694 Main Street, Stratford, CT). Mingle and grab a bite to eat from 7:00pm-7:30pm and then chat about the book from 7:30pm-8:30pm.

    Yes Please - JanuaryBlood, Bones, & Butter - FebruaryEverything is Illuminated - MarchStiff - April

    January 27th – Yes Please by Amy Poehler

    February 24th – Blood, Bones, & Butter by Gabrielle Hamilton

    March 24th – Everything is Illuminated by Jonathan Safran Foer

    April 28th – Stiff by Mary Roach

    All books are available in print and on library e-readers at the Check Out desk. Books can also be downloaded to your own e-reader, phone or tablet using the Overdrive app.

    Any questions?  203-385-4164 or ask@stratfordlibrary.org

  • Grow Your Business with LinkedIn

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    This session will help existing entrepreneurs improve their presence on
    LinkedIn and leverage the tool for prospecting, relationship management and visibility. Bruce K. Segall will offer helpful tips and how-to-advice for a wide range of LinkedIn users. Key learnings will focus on:

     

    • Evidence that LinkedIn can lead to business results for small
    business owners

    • The 3-5 tactics that users at every level – beginner, intermediate or
    advanced – should employ to make LinkedIn work for them

    • User interface tips that will make LinkedIn more user-friendly
    and reliable, even for those less used to social media

    Bruce takes a pragmatic approach that those relatively new to social media can understand and implement easily, often in 30 minutes a week or less.

    Thursday, January 15
    7:00-8:30 pm
    Lovell Room

    Please register in advance: 203-385-4164

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