June 17, 2020 Update:
As Governor Lamont has included libraries among the various businesses and services that may reopen on Wednesday, June 17, 2020, the Stratford Library has fielded many phone calls and emails from those of you who are eager to return to our building. If it were only a matter of opening our doors, they would be open in a heartbeat, but we have a responsibility to provide a safe environment for our staff and for you.
The State of Connecticut recently published guidelines for the reopening of Libraries which require us to go through a self-certification process. As we analyze each and every service that the Stratford Library provides, we are implementing the physical changes required prior to opening our doors. At the same time, we are sourcing the protective equipment and supplies that will be needed in significant quantity before we open the doors.
The Stratford Library continues to operate under Phase 2 of our own Phased Plan for Operations During the COVID 19 Pandemic. This phase includes contact-free Take Out borrowing services, online programs, take and go program kits, Reference Chat, and 24/7 online access to ebooks, audiobooks, movies and music. We are here to take your calls Monday-Saturday 10am-5pm. We have a wide variety of Summer Programs, including Summer Reading, online events and activities for all ages. We are looking forward to moving into Phase 3 on July 6, 2020, pending the completion of our self-certification process.
Be well, be safe and be smart!
Director, Stratford Library
As we all navigate this time of pandemic together, the Stratford Library continues to serve our community. In April, our librarians answered more than 1,500 inquiries, providing help with our online services, answering typical reference questions and even helping people use technology to connect with family from a distance! More than 1,200 people of all ages participated in online book discussions, preschool storytimes, craft and trivia nights and other virtual programs–finding ways to learn, create and share while staying home.
As Connecticut carefully opens its doors again, the Stratford Library is implementing our own phased plan (available in PDF form here) to safely reopen. Online programs and services will continue, and on Tuesday, May 26th, we will launch contact-free service so that you can borrow books and other items (by appointment only). Visit http://stratfordlibrary.org/library-take-out/, call 203-385-4164 between 10am-5pm, Monday through Saturday or email for more information. We are thrilled to begin this service and appreciate your patience as we continue to plan for the coming months, making the safety of our staff and patrons our top priority.
Be well, be safe and be smart! We will get through this together.
Director, Stratford Library
Due to the current status of COVID-19 activity in our community and at the advice of the Stratford Health Department, the Stratford Library building is closed to the public until further notice. At this time, we do not have a projected date for reopening. However, Library services will continue to be available remotely, with staff on hand from 9:30 am to 5 pm, Monday through Saturday. We appreciate your continued patience during this time.
Are there any library resources I can use while Stratford Library’s building is closed to the public?
Yes. The Library provides a wide array of digital offerings, which can be accessed from the comfort of home using your Stratford Library card.
- All of our ebooks, eaudiobooks, digital magazines, streaming services, and more can be found at: http://stratfordlibrary.org/download/.
- Download ebooks and eaudiobooks from OverDrive and RBDigital.
- Digital magazines are available with Flipster.
- Download and/or stream music for free using Freegal.
- Find music, movies, television shows, comics, ebooks, and eaudiobooks on Hoopla.
- Visit Tumblebooks for a collection of children’s books, games, and more.
- TumbleBook Library has books for children in grades 3-6.
- Discover online articles, classes, language lessons and more on our research page: http://stratfordlibrary.org/research/.
What is happening to library programs & events?
The Library is offering a growing variety of online activities and programs in lieu of on-site events. Check our Calendar of Events and follow us on social media (Facebook, Instagram, and/or Twitter) for details and updates. Don’t forget to subscribe to our newsletter, too: https://bit.ly/2JDoNHC.
How can I support my child at this time?
Our Children’s Librarians are offering virtual storytimes and other online programs. Check our Calendar of Events. To join the fun, you’ll need to download Zoom software. Contact us if you need help! Also, please see our Healing Library: Coping with Coronavirus page. If you are dealing with loss, we have also made our Healing Library: Death of a Loved One kit available online.
What if my items are due? Will I accrue late fees?
The due dates for all circulating materials that are currently checked out have been extended to June 30th. No late fees will accrue on materials that were originally due during the closure period.
Can I drop off my materials in outdoor book drops?
Can I apply for a library card?
If you need to obtain a new card, please call the Check Out Desk at 203-385-4160 between 9:30 am and 5 pm, Monday through Saturday.
My library card is about to expire. How can I renew?
All library cards scheduled to expire have been extended until June 30th. If you encounter a problem, please call the Check Out Desk at 203-385-4160 between 9:30 am and 5 pm, Monday through Saturday.
I have a question about my account. Is there anyone who can help me?
If you have any questions about your account, please call the Check Out Desk at 203-385-4160 between 9:30 am and 5 pm, Monday through Saturday.
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