Edgar Allen Poe

There was a funeral and body viewing of Edgar Allen Poe on October 7, 2009 in Baltimore, Maryland.

Rather timely for the upcoming Halloween Holiday, Baltimore, Maryland has finally done a send-off for Edgar Allen Poe that he has always deserved.  Known for the mysterious and macabre, Poe has bee fought over by five cities trying to lay claim on him; Richmond, Philadelphia, Baltimore, New York and Boston. However, Baltimore has the body, which is 9 tenths of the law. Read more in the Baltimore Sun about it.


The American Library Association American Library Association celebrates banned book week banned book week each year. This year the week began September 26 and goes through October 3.     

There are 68 books which were banned from libraries and schools in 2008-2009. Have you read any of them? I 'm sure you will be surprised about which books are listed. Check out the complete list of books since the year banned books were first celebrated in 2005. You will probably be surprised about which books are listed. To add a little humor, here are some quotes from some familiar authors:


The Friends of the Library book shelves have been relocated in a new spot in the library. Why? you may ask. We have acquired a new display cabinet that needed a "home" from another Branch. It now sits in the place where the Friends of the Library book shelves once stood. The display cabinet is lockable and is lighted. We hope many of our customers will want to share some of their hobbies or collections as displays in the cabinet. We are excited and like the new look. Come in soon to see the change.

English as a Second Language Class at Stratford - Finally!

This upcoming Monday, from 5-6 pm, if you or someone you know speaks primarily Spanish, we will be having an ESL/Storytime hour.  If you would like to learn English, please join us, and feel free to bring your children as well.  We hope that they will be able to be involved in your learning!  We will also be having a short bilingual storytime as a part of the class.  This class is free and does not require registration at this time.  See you there!

Este lunes, el 28 de Septiembre, a las 5 de la tarde, hasta las 6, vamos a tener un clase de ingles y tambien un tiempo de cuentos bilingual.  Por favor ven y aprender con nosotros.  Sus ninos tambien estan bienvenidos.  Queremos que seran un apoyo en su aprendizaje. No tiene que registrarse ahora y la clase es gratis. Nos vemos! 

It's beginning to look a lot like....September

Some of you may be wondering what is going on with our hours at Stratford Library.  We had slightly extended hours this summer when it was approximately 400 degrees at high noon every day (slightly exaggerated).  This was so that we could act as a "cooling center" in order to provide a place for people to get away from the heat if necessary. Now that the weather is starting to cool down a bit (i.e. 85 degrees instead of 104), we have returned to our normal operating hours.

These are the following: Monday- 12-8, Tuesday thru Thursday- 10-6, Friday- 1-6, and Saturday- 9-1.  (Also found at the top of our branch homepage where you are reading this).

So come in and see us regardless of the weather, and we'll be looking forward to chatting with you soon!