Welcome to the Stratford Library Adult Department.
It’s Summer in Stratford! (video)
Stratford Summer Concert Series at the Paradise Green Gazebo
CONNECTICUT, especially for kids!
Connecticut Summer at the Museum – Free Admission for Kids
It’s time to explore! From July 1 to September 6, Connecticut children age 18 and under plus one accompanying adult can visit participating museums free of charge through the Connecticut Summer at the Museum program.
ConneCT Kids – More kid stuff, planning for Summer 2022
A Calendar of Upcoming Events in CT
25 Best Things to Do in Connecticut
Fun Activities & Stuff to Do!
Only in Connecticut
This summer discover new and fun ways to explorer Connecticut!
Concerts in Connecticut
Over 350 concerts in Connecticut on the list!
Check the weather before you go …
Monthly forecast for Stratford
Juneteenth is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States. From its Galveston, Texas origin in 1865, the observance of June 19th as the African American Emancipation Day has spread across the United States and beyond. Today Juneteenth commemorates African American freedom and emphasizes education and achievement.
And as of May 2022, Juneteenth is a legal state holiday in Connecticut!
Learn More About Juneteenth History
Historical Legacy from the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History & Culture
Britannica.com Video:– The history of the Juneteenth holiday, a holiday commemorating the end of slavery in the United States.
Ways to Celebrate
New Haven – INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL OF ARTS & IDEAS
Enjoy a weekend of free programs in New Haven, from concerts to outdoor markets.
Stratford – TOWN HALL JUNETEENTH FLAG RAISING, Fri, June 17, 9 am
The Juneteenth flag will be flown at town hall to commemorate the holiday.
Milford – Celebration on the Green
West Haven – Fair with music & food at Brent Watt Park
LISTEN: A rendition of the Negro National Anthem, “Lift Every Voice and Sing“
from The National Museum of African American History and Culture
MAKE: A Flag
READ: Official Juneteenth Poem
(Official Juneteenth Poem)
From Africa’s heart, we rose
Already a people, our faces ebon, our bodies lean,
Skills of art, life, beauty and family
Crushed by forces we knew nothing of, we rose
Survive we must, we did,
We rose to be you, we rose to be me,
Above everything expected, we rose
To become the knowledge we never knew,
Dream, we did
Act we must
We Rose © 1996, Juneteenth.com
DIY Juneteenth Storytime
25 IDEAS TO HELP YOU CELEBRATE JUNETEENTH
At the Stratford Library:
“Juneteenth has never been a celebration of victory or an acceptance of the way things are. It’s a celebration of progress. It’s an affirmation that despite the most painful parts of our history, change is possible—and there is still so much work to do.” — Barack ObamaContinue reading →
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer Pride Month (LGBTQ) is celebrated in June to commemorate the anniversary of the 1969 Stonewall riots in Manhattan, New York City. This event marks the beginning of the movement to outlaw discriminatory laws and practices against LGBTQ+ Americans. Pride Month is also a way to acknowledge the influence and importance of LGBTQ+ individuals, foster a spirit of community among members and allies, and call attention to the continued need for equal rights and visibility. Learn more about LGBTQ+ Pride Month from the Library of Congress.
To help, here are some ways to celebrate, along with a little history,
resources both online and in-person, some books to read
and movies to watch.
STRATFORD LIBRARY PRIDE MONTH 2022 – Join us at the library for a series of online programs and in-person events that will celebrate the history and accomplishments of the LGBTQ+ community.
LOVE IS LOVE: AN EVENING OF PRIDE (June 21) – A night of cabaret at the Bijou Theater in Bridgeport, sponsored by The Sterling House Community Center.
PRIDE IN THE PARK – Weekly events through June presented by the Triangle Community Center, Norwalk, CT.
CT VISIT – Check-out the many Pride Month Celebrations throughout Connecticut.
U.S. & Around the World:
Gay Pride Calendar – From IGLTA, the International Gay & Lesbian Travel Association
Gay, Lesbian, Straight Education Network (GLSEN) – Works to ensure that LGBTQ students are able to learn and grow in a school environment free from bullying and harassment.
Guide to Being an Ally to Transgender and Nonbinary Youth (The Trevor Project)
It Gets Better Project – A nonprofit organization with a mission to uplift, empower, and connect lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer youth around the globe.
LGBTQ+ Comprehensive Health & Well-being Guide (Drugwatch)
Trans Student Equality Resource (TSER) – A youth-led organization dedicated to transforming the educational environment for trans and gender nonconforming students through advocacy and empowerment.
New Haven Pride Center – Provides educational, cultural and social enrichment for the LGBTQ+ community, its allies, and members.
PFLAQ Norwalk – Triangle Community Center – PFLAG is the nation’s largest family and ally organization, uniting people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) with families, friends and allies. PFLAG is committed to advancing equality and full societal affirmation of LGBTQ people through its threefold mission of support, education, and advocacy.
Here at the Stratford Library we celebrate and support the diversity of our community. Explore the culture, heritage, contributions and achievements of folks in the LGBTQ+ community with our reading and watching recommendations:
LGBTQ Pride Books Fiction
Lambda Literary YA Book Reviews – For over 30 years, Lambda Literary has dedicated itself to championing LGBTQ literature and supporting LGBTQ writers at all stages of life.
Rainbow Library – LGBTQ+ Affirming K-12 E-Books for Your Computer, Phone, Tablet, or
Stonewall Wall Book Awards – The first and most enduring award for LGBTQIA+ books, sponsored by the American Library Association’s Rainbow Round Table.Continue reading →