Adults

Welcome to the Stratford Library Adult Department.

 

 

  • February Adult Programs

    FEATURED PROGRAMS

    BLACK HISTORY MONTH EVENTS

    Art Exhibit: Main Lobby
    Two exhibits are featured this month as Stratford’s Ruby & Calvin Fletcher African-American History Museum is highlighted with various artifacts on loan, and a mini art exhibit features “Connecticut History” by Milford artist Robert Sforza. The Amistad story is prominently featured in graphite and ink.

    Meet the Author: Gail Howard
    Sunday, February 11 | 2 pm | Lovell Room
    Redding author Gail Howard will discuss her memoir, White Wife/Blue Baby, which details her experiences marrying across the color line in the super-heated 1960s. Howard will read excerpts, take questions and autograph copies of her book for purchase following the talk.

    Connecticut’s African American Heroines
    Thursday, February 22 | 1pm | Lovell Room
    Join us for an interactive multi-media program by the Connecticut Women’s Hall of Fame and learn about some of Connecticut’s most remarkable African American heroines.

    Sunday Afternoon Talks: “How Did the US Constitution, When First Enacted, Address The Issue of Slavery”
    Sunday, February 25 | 2pm | Lovell Room
    Superior Court Judge Barry Stevens will discuss how the issue of slavery was raised and debated by the Founding Fathers at the Constitutional Convention, and the many questions it raised.
    Free & Open to the Public
    Host: Charlie Lautier

    Stratford: THE STORIES WE TELL – AMAZING BLACK CITIZENS 
    Monday, February 26 | 6:30pm | Lovell Room
    Join us for this new series! Town Historian David Wright holds monthly lecture series featuring a detailed examination of Stratford’s history.

    BOOK BLIZZARD 

    January 16th – February 20th, 2024

    Our adult winter reading program is back for another year! Adults,
    please join our winter reading program and be entered into our prize drawing!

    Joining is easy (and free!): Fill out a ticket for each book you read between now and February 20th and drop it off at the Library. Can’t make it to the Library each week? Send us a direct message on social media and include your name, telephone/email, and book(s) you read for the week so that we can enter you into the drawing.
    You can also email us at: slaask@stratfordlibrary.org or call 203-385-4164. It’s THAT simple!

    So… find a cozy spot, snuggle up, and get reading!
    #StratfordLibrary #stratfordct #Winterreading #BookBlizzard

    FEBRUARY FUN

    Retro Movie Party: Spaceballs
    Thursday, February 8 | 6pm | Board Room
    Come and enjoy this classic comedy in an interactive way. We will have props to use along with the movie and quoting your favorite movie line is a must! Snacks will be provided. This event is for ages 16 and up.
    Registration is required.

    Paper Romance: Romance Novel Cover Art
    Saturday, February 17 | 10am | Lovell Room
    It’s February and romance is in the air! Reference librarian Marge Jones and family share original artwork of G.H. Jones, illustrator of over 300 romance novels from 1974-1992, including by such authors as Elizabeth Lowell, Nora Roberts and Janet Dailey.
    Stop in and view this gorgeous cover art!

    TALKS:

    Sunday Afternoon Talks: “Personal Safety and Dealing with Scams”
    Sunday February 4 | 2pm | Lovell Room
    Free public service talk and expert advice in this presentation by representatives from Stratford’s Public Safety Director/PD/FD/and Dispatch:
    Larry Ciccarelli-Director of Public Safety
    Jim Buck-Deputy Fire Chief
    Bob Burroughs-Captain PD
    JP Sredzinski -Superintendent Dispatch

    Digital Safety for Everyone
    Tuesday, February 6 | 6:30pm | Lovell Room
    Members of the CyberPatriot Club at Albertus Magnus College will cover a range of digital safety topics: current internet threats, scams, and fraud, social media safety, password management, and how to secure your data. There will be time for Q&A at the end of the talk.
    Free and open to the public

    CAREER & TECH HELP:

    CAREER COACH: Job Search Help
    Thursday, February 15 | 10am to 12pm or 1 to 3pm | Bus parks on Main Street near the library front entrance.
    Are you ready to take the next step in your career but feel lost in the world of job searching? Join our “Job Search” workshop and equip yourself with the knowledge, skills, and resources you need to land your dream job!
    Register HERE for 10am-12pm session
    Register HERE for 1-3pm session

    COMPUTER CLASSES AT YOUR OWN PACE
    Tuesday, February 20 or Thursday, February 22 | 2pm | Board Room
    Take one of our training sessions to learn how to use Northstar to build your basic computer skills. Once you create an account you can pick what you learn at your own pace.
    Register HERE for Feb 20
    Register HERE for Feb 22

    CREATE:

    Coloring & Coffee
    Monday, February 5 | 6pm | Lovell Room
    Don’t let stress get you down! Try coloring for adults! Coloring has many benefits including helping you to focus and de-stress. Stop in and give it a try. The Library will supply coloring pages, colored pencils and markers, plus coffee and tea. You are welcome to bring your own supplies too.

    Knit Wits
    Wednesday, February 7 & 21| 6pm | Lovell Room
    Join the library’s drop-in knitting program! Also crochet! Make new friends, get tips and share ideas while working on your own projects. Held every other Wednesday evening 6:00-7:30pm.

    BOOKS DISCUSSIONS:

    Monday Morning Buzz
    Monday, February 5 | 11am | Lovell Room
    Stop in to hear what’s new, what’s hot, and what books are creating a buzz! Staff will lead an informal discussion of books, movies and more. Share what you’re reading and watching and hear from others!

    Books on Tap
    Books, Brews, and Bantor

    Tuesday, February 27| 7pm to settle, 7:30pm to talk
    Join us at the Oar and Oak Restaurant located at 2385 Main St, Stratford.
    We will be discussing SMALL MERCIES by Dennis Lehane
    Set against the hot, tumultuous months of 1974 when the Boston’s desegregation of its public schools exploded in violence, Small Mercies is a superb thriller, a brutal depiction of criminality and power, and an unflinching portrait of the dark heart of American racism. It is a mesmerizing and wrenching work that only Dennis Lehane could write.
    Copies available at the Check-Out Desk.

    “Don’t Know Much About” Book Discussion
    Tuesday, February 13| 6:30pm | Lovell Room AND
    Wednesday, February 14| 11am | Lovell Room
    MASTER AND COMANDER by Patrick O’Brian
    Don’t know much about Jack Aubrey and Stephen Maturin? Let’s explore Master and Commander by Patrick O’Brian, the first novel in a noteworthy 20-book naval saga. Two different dates! Attend the one you want!
    Copies available at the Check-Out Desk.

    Books Over Coffee
    Wednesday, February 28 | noon | Lovell Room
    THE THREE OF US by Ore Agbaje-Williams
    Long-standing tensions between a husband, his wife, and her best friend finally come to a breaking point in this sharp domestic comedy of manners, told brilliantly over the course of one day.
    Special for “Black History Month”!
    Copies available at the Check-Out Desk.

    MOVIES:

    Monday Matinees: RUSTIN
    Monday, February 12 | 12pm | Lovell Room
    Directed by DGA Award and five-time Tony Award winner George C. Wolfe and starring Emmy Award winner Colman Domingo, Rustin shines a long overdue spotlight on the extraordinary man who, alongside giants like the Reverend Martin Luther King Jr., Adam Clayton Powell Jr., and Ella Baker, dared to imagine a different world, and inspired a movement in a march toward freedom.
    Special for “Black History Month”!
    Rated PG-13; 108 minutes

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  • January Adult Programs

    *Note: Tax filing season begins January 29th, click here for more information.

    FEATURED PROGRAMS

    BOOK BLIZZARD 

    January 16th – February 20th, 2024
    Our adult winter reading program is back for another year! Adults, please join our winter reading program and be entered into our prize drawing!

    Joining is easy (and free!): Fill out a ticket for each book you read between now and February 20th and drop it off at the Library. Can’t make it to the Library each week? Send us a direct message on social media and include your name, telephone/email, and book(s) you read for the week so that we can enter you into the drawing.
    You can also email us at: slaask@stratfordlibrary.org or call 203-385-4164. It’s THAT simple!

    So… find a cozy spot, snuggle up, and get reading!
    #StratfordLibrary #stratfordct #Winterreading #BookBlizzard

    TALKS:

    Sunday Afternoon Talks: EQUITY IS JUSTICE: PUBLIC HEALTH, POLICY AND HUMAN RIGHTS
    Sunday January 21 | 2pm | Lovell Room
    Guest speaker Kelly Vaughan will give a brief introduction of Global Girls Worldwide Women (GGWW), who they are, and what they do. And then talk about the issues that the group specifically address: child marriage, safety and opportunity for girls in school, the experience of women in war, and legal reform.

    Pet Boredom Busters
    Tuesday, January 23 | 6:30pm | Lovell Room
    Bad weather, injuries, short, cold winter days; Keeping pets entertained is important for their physical and mental health. the Connecticut Humane Society will share different tips and tricks to keep all types of pets active. From snuffle mats to pet piñatas, and potted cat grass to braided rope toys, there’s something for everyone!
    Registration is required

    Stratford: The Stories We Tell
    Monday, January 29 | 6:30pm | Lovell Room
    Join us for the first talk in this new series! Town Historian David Wright holds monthly lecture series featuring a detailed examination of Stratford’s history.

     

    RESERVE YOUR SPOT:

    CHAIR YOGA & GUIDED MEDITATION
    Thursday, January 11 | 11 am | Lovell Room
    Laurie Trupp will combine gentle chair yoga poses with relaxing guided meditation at the beginning and end of class. This class is repeated 2/18, 3/7 & 4/11.
    Registration is required for each class.


    CAREER COACH: Computer Basics
    Monday, January 22 | 10am to 12pm or 1 to 3pm | Bus parks on Main Street near the library front entrance.
    Learn what you need to know to feel comfortable using a computer. Our experienced job search coach will guide you throughout the workshop, providing one-on-one assistance tailored to your unique needs and goals.
    Register HERE for 10am-12pm session
    Register HERE for 1-3pm session


    YARN SWAP at the Library!

    Saturday, January 27 | 11am – 2pm | Lovell Room
    Do you have a yarn stash that is languishing, unused and unappreciated? Then bring your unwanted yarn to our Yarn Swap! Rejuvenate your yarn collection, meet fellow crafters, and get inspired!
    Registration is required

    CREATE:

    Coloring & Coffee
    Monday, January 8 | 6pm | Lovell Room
    Friday, January 12 | 11am | Lovell Room
    Don’t let stress get you down! Try coloring for adults! Coloring has many benefits including helping you to focus and de-stress. Stop in and give it a try. The Library will supply coloring pages, colored pencils and markers, plus coffee and tea. You are welcome to bring your own supplies too.

    Knit Wits
    Wednesday, January 10 & 24 | 6pm | Lovell Room
    Join the library’s drop-in knitting program! Also crochet! Make new friends, get tips and share ideas while working on your own projects. Held every other Wednesday evening 6:00-7:30pm.

    Adult Cricut Craft Night
    Thursday, January 25 | 5pm or 6pm | Lovell Room
    What’s better than sipping a delicious hot beverage during the winter weather? Sipping from your very own mug that you designed! This craft will be offered in two sessions, please sign up for only one.
    Register HERE for 5pm session
    Register HERE for 6pm session

    UCREATE – All Ages Programs

    uCreate: 3D Printing for Beginners
    Thursday, January 18 | 6:30pm | Board Room
    In this hands-on introduction, you’ll learn how to operate the uCreate Space’s Crealtiy Ender 3 Pro 3D printer, how to search for downloadable 3D models using Thingiverse, and how to modify 3D models using Cura. Open to grade 6 – adult.
    Registration is required


    uCreate: Virtual Reality Drop-In Day 
    Saturday, January 27 | 11am-12:30pm or 2:30pm – 4pm | uCreate Space
    Pop by the uCreate Space to try one of uCreate’s Meta Quest 2 VR headsets! Immerse yourself in the virtual world or try popular VR games like Beat Saber. For ages 10 & up; anyone 12 & under must be accompanied by a parent/guardian. *The headsets are available on a first come, first served basis. Made possible by Stratford Rotary.

    BOOKS DISCUSSIONS:

    Monday Morning Buzz
    Monday, January 8 | 11am | Board Room
    Stop in to hear what’s new, what’s hot, and what books are creating a buzz! Staff will lead an informal discussion of books, movies and more. Share what you’re reading and watching and hear from others!

    Books on Tap
    Books, Brews, and Bantor

    Tuesday, January 9 | 7pm to settle, 7:30pm to talk
    Join us at the Oar and Oak Restaurant located at 2385 Main St, Stratford.
    We will be discussing THE ART THIEF by Michael Finkel
    A spellbinding portrait of the world’s most prolific art thief, Stéphane Breitwieser, a story of art, crime, love, and an insatiable hunger to possess beauty at any cost.
    Copies available at the Check-Out Desk.

    “Little Gems” Book Discussion
    Wednesday, Jan 10 | 11am | Lovell Room
    A MONTH IN THE COUNTRY by J.L. Carr
    In this little gem, Tom Birkin, a young veteran of WWI, is suffering from the war and from a broken marriage. Birkin is hired to restore a recently discovered medieval mural in a small village church. During his summer in the village, he finds hope and healing. A winner of the Guardian Fiction Prize and shortlisted for the Booker Prize.
    Copies available at the Check-Out Desk.

    Books Over Coffee
    Wednesday, January 31 | noon | Lovell Room
    YELLOWFACE by R.F. Kuang
    This novel grapples with questions of diversity, racism, and cultural appropriation, as well as the terrifying alienation of social media. R.F. Kuang’s novel is timely, razor-sharp, and eminently readable.
    Copies available at the Check-Out Desk.

    MOVIES:

    Monday Matinees: BARBIE
    Monday, January 8 | 12pm | Lovell Room
    To live in Barbie Land is to be a perfect being in a perfect place. Unless you have a full-on existential crisis. Or you’re a Ken. 2023’s biggest blockbuster stars Margot Robbie and Ryan Gosling.
    Rated PG-13; 114 minutes

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  • December Adult Programs

    FEATURED PROGRAMS

    Holiday Concerts

    Get into the holiday spirit by enjoying seasonal music! The concerts will all be performed live in the Library Lovell Room. Seating is limited and on a first-come, first serve basis. Seating begins 30 minutes prior to start time.

    The Larry Haddad Quartet
    Sunday, December 3 | 2pm 
    Stratford’s Haddad will be joined with Michael Nunno (Milford), Joseph McWilliams (Seymour) and Joseph Corsello (Stamford) to perform several favorite holiday songs with their lyrical interpretations.

    The New England Guitar Society
    Sunday, December 10 | 2pm 
    NEGS, established to create a nurturing environment for classical guitarists to meet, share ideas, perform, compose, teach and grow as musicians, returns to the library to play holiday favorites.

    Stratford Sister Cities Chorus Holiday Concert
    Monday, December 11 | 6:30pm 
    Enjoy holiday songs with Stratford’s community choral group!

    A Broadway Christmas with Soloist Claire Kaiser
    Sunday, December 17 | 2pm 
    The Stratford vocalist and actress is a “mezzo-soprano with belt” who will perform holiday music with a Broadway beat. Accompanied by David Childs on the piano, Kaiser promises holiday cheer and fun for the whole family!

     

    WORKSHOP: Surprise Photos with Your Cell Phone!
    Tuesday, December 12 | 1pm or 6:30pm | Lovell Room
    The workshop leader is Dee Hiatt, of the Cell Photo Project currently exhibited at the library.
    You will have the opportunity to practice:
    1. Looking at your surroundings slowly and calmly.
    2. Waiting to take a photo until you are intrigued by something.
    3. Editing the photo, if necessary, while keeping the honesty of what you photographed.
    4. Sharing your photos with the participants.
    Bring your cell phone with you!

    CAREER COACH: Excel Class on the Career Coach
    Monday, December 11 | 10am to 12pm or 1 to 3pm | Bus will park by the library
    Think Excel is tough? No longer! Learn the basics and become a better Excel user in this 2 hour workshop. Sign up to reserve a space.
    This Excel Workshop is offered in the morning from 10am-12pm and will be repeated in the afternoon from 1-3pm.The same material will be presented in each 2-hour workshop, participants only need to attend one of the sessions.

    Sign up to reserve a space:
    10am-12pm session
    1-3pm session


    CREATE:

    Coloring & Coffee
    Fridays, December 1 | 11 am | Lovell Room
    Monday, December 4 | 6pm | Lovell Room
    Don’t let stress get you down! Try coloring for adults! Coloring has many benefits including helping you to focus and de-stress. Stop in and give it a try. The Library will supply coloring pages, colored pencils and markers, plus coffee and tea. You are welcome to bring your own supplies too.

    Gingerbread House Decorating Party
    Thursday, December 14 | 6:30pm | Lovell Room
    Adults only holiday fun! Come and decorate a “Gingerbread House”. We will provide the houses, icing, candy & other treats for you to customize your mini house made of graham crackers. Listen to holiday music and enjoy hot cocoa, coffee or tea.
    Register Here.

    Knit Wits
    Wednesday, December 13 & 27 | 6pm | Lovell Room
    Join the library’s drop-in knitting program! Also crochet! Make new friends, get tips and share ideas while working on your own projects. Held every other Wednesday evening 6:00-7:30pm.


    BOOKS:

    Monday Morning Buzz
    Monday, December 4 | 11am | Board Room
    Stop in to hear what’s new, what’s hot, and what books are creating a buzz! Staff will lead an informal discussion of books, movies and more. Share what you’re reading and watching and hear from others!

    “Don’t Know Much About” Book Discussion
    Tuesday, December 12 | 6:34pm | Lovell Room AND
    Wednesday, December 13 | 11am | Lovell Room
    A CHRISTMAS CAROL by Charles Dickens
    You know the story of A Christmas Carol, and you’ve probably watched a movie or two…but have you ever read the book?
    Copies available at the Check-Out Desk.

    Books Over Coffee
    Wednesday, December 20 | noon | Lovell Room
    REMARKABLY BRIGHT CREATURES by Shelby Van Pelt
    “For fans of A Man Called Ove, a … debut novel about a widow’s unlikely friendship with a giant Pacific octopus reluctantly residing at the local aquarium–and the truths she finally uncovers about her son’s disappearance 30 years ago”
    Copies available at the Check-Out Desk.
    Audio & e-book download available through the Hoopla App.

     

    MOVIES:

    Monday Matinees: MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE – DEAD RECKONING
    Monday, December 11 | 12pm | Lovell Room
    Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) and his IMF team embark on their most dangerous mission yet: To track down a terrifying new weapon that threatens all of humanity before it falls into the wrong hands. With the fate of the world at stake, a deadly race around the globe begins.
    Rated PG-13; 2 hours & 43 minutes

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