Chandler-Watts Memorial Library celebrates National Friends of Library Week

Chandler-Watts Memorial Library is celebrating its Friends of the Library group this week as part of the 15th annual celebration of National Friends of the Library Week, which runs from Oct. 18-24.

The Stratford Friends of the Library Foundation was established in 2015 and has been instrumental in raising funds that support library programming for the Stratford community. Members of the group regularly volunteer their time in a variety of ways including shelving books, cleaning and organizing, maintaining the flowerbeds and outdoor spaces, reading to children and assisting with special programs. 

“Stratford Friends of the Library is made up of individuals, families and businesses that want to make our community the best it can be. We have an exceptional library in Stratford that is dedicated to bettering our citizens and community. We are very proud to support our library and their dedicated staff and would like to invite you to join our group to help us. We would also like to invite especially those that haven’t been in for a while to go in and see for themselves what a beautiful learning environment the staff has created,” Phillis Cothren, Stratford Friends of the Library president, said.

The local Friends organization is led by a loyal group of community members. In addition to Cothren, officers include: Phyllis Joiner, vice-president; Christy Willingham, secretary/reporter; and Mike Gallup, treasurer. 

“Our Friends group is passionate about our community and our library,” library director Teresia Harrison said. “When there is a need, they are there to help. To be quite honest, we are more than ‘Friends of the Library.’ We are ‘Friends.’ And that makes our group even more special.”

While Chandler-Watts is supported by a dedicated core group of ‘Friends,’ there are many ways to serve and new members are always welcome. Please visit Chandler-Watts Memorial Library at 340 North Oak Street in Stratford or call (580) 759-2684 to learn more about how you can assist the library or to find out how to become a member of the Stratford Friends of the Library. You can also learn more by visiting or the library’s Facebook page at