Volunteer work builds character in young children. They learn to practice that it is better to give than to receive. Children under 18 years also observe those less fortunate than themselves and have more gratitude and appreciation for parents and their own life circumstances. They will gain ideas about social equality and future jobs that can address the problems they witness in their childhood. For ideas on volunteer opportunities, from babysitting to opening up your own soup kitchen for the homeless, look in our catalog.

Halloween at Stratford!

Boo!  It's almost time for Halloween, and in order to celebrate, we will be having a special baby and toddler time next Thursday, October, 28th. So wear your costumes, dress your children up and feel free to bring special snacks (individually wrapped please). We have plenty of trick or treat bags for children to use, or if you would like to bring your own, that is fine too.

We will have time for stories, songs, rhymes and such before trick or treating around the library. This will not be a super scary time. We are aiming for a fun and lighthearted Halloween/Harvest party. It also might be a good idea to talk to your child about costumes before coming, in case they are nervous to see others not looking quite like themselves.


Popular author, Belva Plain died at the age of 95 on October 17, 2010. She wrote more than 20 books after she became a grandmother. Her stories are about Jewish American life. Her last book, just finished before she passed away, is a sequel to "Evergreen", titled "Heartland". It will be published in February, 2011. If you have not had the joy of reading her books, this might be a good time to try them out.

Teen Craft this Saturday

Teen decoupage craft this Saturday, October 16th! 11:30 am. For more information, see here, and for pictures, see here. See you there!

Preschoolers, this is for you!

We have had some interest expressed in a preschool storytime, and we have heard you! We would like to tentatively introduce a new preschool storytime to be held the second Monday evening of every month at 6:30 pm. This upcoming Monday will be our first program.

We will sing songs accompanied by guitar, dance a little, read a few stories, and do a short activity. The program will run for approximately 35-45 minutes.

Monday night is our late night here at the library, and we are open until 8pm.  So bring your little one and come join us for a fun program!