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Meet Evelyn

Evelyn Wotipka is a Texas native, growing up in the Crosby/Highlands area.  She has 2 children, 3 grandchildren, 2 great grandchildren, and –until recently – she also had a disdain for computers.  When Stratford began offering computer classes last fall, Evelyn was one of the first to sign up, although the staff were instructed not to let anyone one know she was willing to use one of those pesky computers.  “I don’t want anyone to know I’ve finally agreed to touch that thing.”

Summer Programs - Not Just for Kids!

Summer time at the library is jam-packed with activities and special programming, but it's not just for kids! We have some special programs lined up for adults including computer classes, guest speakers, creative writing and book clubs, and more!

Kick off the summer with us as we celebrate the beginning of Adult Summer Reading program with a party on Wed, June 6th at 1:00 pm! Bring your A-game as teams go head to head in friendly competition playing group board games, enjoy refreshments, and try your luck at winning door prizes. 

AARP Offers Free Tax Assistance at Stratford Library

The AARP will be offering free tax assistance every Tuesday at Stratford Library beginning Feb 5, 2013 until Apr 9, 2013.  Assistance hours are from 11 am - 3 pm on a first come, first served basis. A sign up sheet will begin when the library opens at 10 am. Please bring the following items with you:

Book Club Reads Mark Zusak's Compelling Tale

 The book club will cover The Book Thief this February.  Set during World War II in Germany, Markus Zusak’s groundbreaking new novel is the story of Liesel Meminger, a foster girl living outside of Munich. Liesel scratches out a meager existence for herself by stealing when she encounters something she can’t resist–books. With the help of her accordion-playing foster father, she learns to read and shares her stolen books with her neighbors during bombing raids as well as with the Jewish man hidden in her basement before he is marched to Dachau.

Expand Your Computer Knowledge!

Our computer classes continue to grow at Stratford Library! We are offering several new courses including Google Maps, Advanced Email, Shopping Online, and more.  And as always, our Computer Basics for those just beginning to use a computer and our Resume and Job Hunting workshop will be available as well.  All classes are free.  Just stop by or call the information desk at (281) 426-3521 for class times, more details, and to sign up to reserve your spot. 

Job Hunting in the Computer Age

It seems as though more and more businesses are relying on the internet as the main avenue for recruiting for open positions.  Don't get left behind!  The Stratford Library is hosting seminars in December to help job seekers take advantage of those online postings.  Bring in your paper resumes and give them a computer facelift!  This free two hour seminar will include how to design and lay out a resume on the computer, how to apply to internet postings, and how to transmit resumes online and through email.  We are offering two sessions:

Monday, December 12th at 5:30 pm

Wed, December 14th at 11:00 am

Computer Classes Are Here!

Want to become more proficient with computers and computer programs? Well, now you can! Stratford is now offering computer courses at the library.  The classes will cover people who have never touched a computer in their life to those familiar with one but interested in becoming more experienced in certain programs.  All classes are free and you can sign up at the information desk.  Currently, the classes offered are as follows: 

Book Sale!

The Friends of the Library Stratford will be hosting a book sale Friday, October 7 from 1 pm - 6 pm and Saturday, October 8 from 9 am - 1 pm at Stratford Library. Any gently used books, magazines, DVDs, videos, or puzzles for donation are appreciated. Come visit us and give a book a new home! All proceeds benefit programs for the Stratford Library.

 

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Book Club Delves Into Popular Memoir

Stolen Innocence by Elissa WallThe Stratford Branch will cover Elissa Wall's memoir, Stolen Innocence, in this month's book club selection.  In this shocking, timely, and inspirational memoir, Elissa Wall details her life growing up in the polygamous Fundamentalist Latter Day Saints religious sect.  We welcome all interested readers to join us for a discussion on the book, refreshments, and coffee.

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