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  • Meet the Author Series

    bartlettGettysburg: The “Forgotten” Day

    Author and historian Matthew Bartlett will discuss the events of July 1, 1863, the “forgotten” day of the Battle of Gettysburg.

    Bartlett will share stories of the first day of battle, including one battle fought by men from Connecticut against Confederate forces in a little talked about part of the battlefield.

    Bartlett is a 2013 graduate of the American Military University with a Master’s in Military History with a concentration in Civil War studies. He has written four books about the battle of Gettysburg, called The Gettysburg Chronicle. He is currently working on book five in the series.

    Sunday November 9, 2014
    2:00 pm
    Lovell Room


  • Meet the Author series


    Stephen King & The Art of Darkness

    An Illustrated Lecture by Stephen Spignesi

    STEPHEN KING is the author of 55 novels, 200 short stories, and 6 books of nonfiction. He has also written poetry, screenplays, and essays. Mr. Spignesi’s talk will cover King’s complete body of work, beginning with very rare, unpublished juvenilia to his breakout novel, Carrie. Spignesi will also present an extensive and exclusive slideshow of memorable Stephen King images and moments.

    University of New Haven Practitioner in Residence Stephen Spignesi—christened “the world’s leading authority on Stephen King” by Entertainment Weekly magazine—has taught the course, “The New Gothic Horror of Stephen King” at UNH and is the author of six books about Stephen King.

    Saturday, November 14, 2014
    Lovell Room

  • “Name the Gala” Contest

    Idea-(1)The Library Board of Trustees has announced a “Name the Gala” contest in conjunction with its annual spring fundraiser. The library’s major benefit has been identified as “Broadway Comes to Stratford” for several years with professional Broadway performers as the central entertainment. In previous years the event has featured a Fifties and Sixties theme with the titles “All You Need Is Love” and “Good Vibrations. A new name is now being sought for this year’s event and the public is invited to take part.

    This year’s gala will be held at Oronoque Country Club and offer a catered buffet, silent auction and open wine and beer bar. Featured performers will be New York’s premier girl group, The Chiclettes. Performers Susanne, Sarah, and Molly offer an amazing mix of female vocal groups and artists from the early days of Rock & Roll and Motown to the top tunes of today. From Lesley Gore to Lady Gaga, The Chiclettes deliver high energy performances showcasing the female artists that dominated the music scene for the last five decades.

    The “Name the Gala” contest is open to all participants over the age of 21. The winner, selected by the Library Board of Trustees, will be awarded two tickets (value: $150) to the Library’s gala held on Saturday, May 2, 2015. Fill out the following form and give us your idea for a name. Deadline is October 31.

    Enter your Gala name suggestion here.

  • National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo)

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    No Plot?
    No Problem!

    Have a great idea for a novel, but not sure how to start?
    Want to write, but struggling to form a plot or characters?

    Find your motivation to write this November during National Novel Writing Month, an annual writing event that attracts hundreds of thousands of participants every year. In this information session, you’ll learn more about National Novel Writing Month (or NaNoWriMo for short), including how to meet other local writers, where to participate in scheduled writing events in your area, strategies for reaching your word count, and a mini-workshop to help you gather your ideas and outline a plot.

    Presented by NaNoWriMo veterans Charles Muir and Justin Isaacs.

    Tuesday, Oct 21
    6:30 – 8:00 pm
    Lovell Room