January Adult Programs

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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


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.



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


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.


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
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
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.


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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