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Hudson Shakespeare Company to Perform Pericles

Saturday, August 23rd @ 2pm


Written in 1607-8, “Pericles, the Prince of Tyre”, marked a departure for Shakespeare. After several years of writing the great tragedies like “Macbeth” and “King Lear”, he dabbled in a new style of mixing comedy and tragedy together, usually with a mix of divine intervention and a journey that would dominate the rest of his writing career. The new style has come to be known as his “Romances” of which “The Tempest” is a part.

“Pericles” holds two distinctions that set it apart from other Shakespeare plays. First it was not originally published in the collection of his works known as the First Folio. For years it was a disputed work but was finally accepted into his cannon of accepted work. Secondly, it was written in collaboration with another writer named Geoge Wilkens, who moonlighted as a brothel owner. This fact, obviously, adds a level of authenticity to the brothel scenes late in the play. Published in 1609 in a cheap volume known as a “quarto”, the text  was cobbled together from recollections of actors who had appeared in productions, leading to a difficult text to work from. This is perhaps one of the reasons it was left out of the First Folio.

The play is free to the public and family friendly. Patrons are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and blankets and coolers to enjoy the festival atmosphere. In case of rain the show will be held in the air conditioned Lovell Room. For more information, visit or call 385-4164.



The Stratford Library is happy to offer best-selling and classic eBooks, audiobooks, music and video to its patrons available 24/7 from the Library’s digital collection.

In addition to titles that are available for users to borrow or join a wait list, the Library is providing visitors additional titles to discover, sample and recommend to the Library.  Via the “Recommend to Library” links, users can also suggest titles they’d like to see added to the catalog, giving the Library a new method of patron-driven acquisition.

Users may browse the Library’s website, borrow titles with a valid library card and enjoy them on all major computers and devices including iPhone®, iPad®, Android™ phones and tablets and Kindle®.   EBooks can be read immediately on any device with an internet browser and all titles will automatically expire at the end of the lending period. There are no late fees.

Patrons are urged to take advantage of this valuable new service while helping their town library in the process.  Additional assistance can found by calling the Adult Services Department (203.385.4164) or attending Technology Sandbox classes at the Library.  There will be another Tech Sanbox on July 15 from 2-4 pm.

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"Monday Matinees" - American Hustle

July 28

Bradley Cooper, Christian Bale, Amy Adams and Jennifer Lawrence head the star-studded cast in this period crime story based on actual events about a con man forced to work for a wild FBI agent who pushes them into a world of Jersey powerbrokers and mafia.

R 138 minutes
Lovell Room


"Monday Matinees" - Nebraska

August 11

Bruce Dern earned the best reviews of his career (and an Oscar nomination) playing a Nebraskan farmer who believes he has won a million dollar sweepstakes. Will Forte plays his estranged son.

R 115 minutes
Lovell Room

For further information call the library at 203.385.4162.

Library Exhibits Original Photography

Stratford’s Caporaso Is Highlighted through July


"Photography by Donna” is the July art exhibit at the Stratford Library. Original photography by Stratford native Donna Rae Henault Caporaso will on display throughout the month. The exhibit is free and open to the public.

Caporaso is a Stratford based photographer specializing in the beauty of nature. She discovered her love and gift for photography during a time of crisis and challenge in her life. Seeking to regain her balance, she grabbed her camera and went exploring around Stratford. Her photos capture a sense of tranquility and sadness, a soul seeking solace which can swiftly draw one in. While her love of sunrises and sunsets is evident in her portfolio, she also enjoys photographing birds, plants and scenery. One of Caporaso’s photos - a Snowy Owl at Long Beach – was recently selected for the front page of the New Haven Register. She graduated from Stratford High School and the Connecticut Business Institute and is a proud mother of three and grandmother of one. Caporaso dedicates her first Stratford Library exhibit to Kim, Robin and Rose for their encouragement to publicly share her photography.

"Photography by Donna” will be on display in the Main Lobby of the Stratford Library, 2203 Main Street in Stratford through July 31. For further information, call the Library at 203.385.4162.

E-Readers? Tablet computers? MP3 players? iPods?

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You’ve heard of them. Are they for you? Come to a Library Technology Sandbox.

A Technology Sandbox is a place:

Sandboxes are scheduled for:

In the Board Room

All Technology Sandbox hardware generously supplied by the Stratford Library Board.

Stratford’s Coupon Exchange at the Stratford Library

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Free manufacturers’ coupons.  No printing, no hassles.

The Stratford Library Adult Services Department has begun a free coupon program for its patrons.  The give-away is in conjunction with Two Frugal Fairfielders, a local blog which provides an online community place to share local affordable ways to live in Fairfield County and promotes frugality as a way to live a simple and prosperous life.  Stacks of weekly Smart Source coupon inserts are currently available for public use in wire baskets located near the Main Street entrance of the Library. The coupon program is part of the Library’s ongoing Project Money Smart series.

Patrons are encouraged to visit often for new coupons and, to keep completely up to date, “like” the Two Frugal Fairfielders’ Facebook page and receive a post when new coupons arrive.  The Library’s Reference Department has compiled a book display adjacent to the coupons on how to save money and live frugally.  The Library also subscribes to Consumer Reports, the bible for the financially savvy.  The print magazine is at the SLA Reference Desk, but with a Stratford Library card patrons can access Consumer Reports online on our Get It Online Page.   Non-residents should ask at the Reference Desk for database computers.

Patrons are asked to take the coupons they need at each visit and “keep the corner neat!”  The Stratford Library, 2203 Main Street is open Monday-Thursday: 10-8 and Friday-Saturday: 10-5.  For further information, call the Adult Service Department at 203.385.4161.

Library Sets Dates for CT WORKS Career Coach

A career center on wheels designed to deliver career services and training opportunities.

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Visitors to the coach will find 10 computer workstations, high speed access to the Internet (via onboard satellite), 42” plasma TV with Smartboard overlay (for training use by the instructor), 10 wireless laptops and exterior plasma TV, interview room and an ADA-compliant lift and workstation for job seekers with disabilities. 

Open Sessions are for all job seekers looking for individual help. Basic computer skills are helpful. First come, first served. Limited seating.

Comfort using a PC w/mouse and ability to use email are required for these classes.

The CTWorks Career Coach will be on site at the Stratford Library, 2203 Main Street in Stratford, CT.  It is free and open to patrons 16 years of age and older.  For further information call Adult Services at 203.385.4164.

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For Kids Only...

There's a lot happening in the Stratford Library Children's Department. Click here for a list of programs.

Call: 203.385.4165 for further information.

For Teens Only...

Students in grades 7-12 you can get:

Click to go to Teen Zone

Visit the Teen Zone or stop by Teen Services on the Main Level or call us at 203.385.4167.

Any person with a disability who needs special assistance to participate in a library program should contact the Stratford ADA Coordinator at 385-4020 or 385-4022 (TDD) 5 days before the program.

Read more about Library Services for Patrons with Physical Disabilities

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