Welcome to the Stratford Library Children’s Department.
The Read Around Stratford program is open to all children grades Kindergarten through six, encouraging personal reading adventures each month! Families can sign up in the Children’s Department anytime to receive that month’s reading challenge.
Our November challenge is “Battle of the Books.” Pick up the list of books in the Children’s Department and pick a pair of battle books to read and vote on. Some of our battle books include popular authors, classic authors, and fun nonfiction pairings. Children can, of course, be read to or read on their own. Audiobooks count, too. November challenges are due December 7.
Children can add gems to their lighthouse display each month they participate, and a special party honoring children who complete three challenges will take place in April 2020. Thank you to the Carol Pieper Memorial Fund for sponsoring this program.
The Healing Library is a series of theme-related kits designed to help families with healing in a healthy way during periods of trauma by teaching parents the skills of looking critically at picture books and utilizing them to communicate with children.
Currently available topics: Death of a Loved One* Death of a Pet* Alzheimer’s & Your Family
Future topics: Cancer & Your Family* Divorce & Step-families * Economic Hardship
Each kit contains: •A variety of children’s books and discussion guides •Lists of additional suggested reading •Activities and materials to provide comfort to family members •Suggested Acts of Kindness •List of Community Helpers for continued support if needed
Kits may be checked out at: The Stratford Library Children’s Department 2203 Main Street, Stratford, CT203-385-4165 or Stratford Parents’ Place (Stratford residents only) 719 Birdseye Street, Stratford, CT203-332-4535
The Healing Library has been made possible by a partnership with Stratford Parents’ Place and Stratford Library Children’s Department and is funded by the Stratford Rotary Club’s Community Impact Grant and from The Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act, administered by the Connecticut State Library.Continue reading →
Mondays at 10:30 am for Toddler Time. Ages 1-2 – siblings welcome. (No class 9/30, 11/11, but all other Mondays.)
Tuesdays at 10:30 am for Preschool Power Hour. Ages 3-5. Stories and a craft.
Thursdays at 10:30 am for Baby Lapsit. Ages 0-18 months.
Fridays at 10:30 am for Friday Fun. Ages 2-5. (No class 10/4, but all other Fridays – special Music time the Friday after Thanksgiving).
No need to register – just join us! Call for info on holiday/inclement weather occasions.Continue reading →