Stratford News Friends of the SPL coming to an end SHARE ON: Patrick Grapes, staff Friday, Mar. 21st, 2014 That’s all she wrote for the Friends of the Stratford Public Library. The non-profit organization is disbanding. Citing a lack of volunteers the Friends will come to an end on March 31st. The Friends of the Stratford Public Library raised tens of thousands of dollars for literacy programs and services over their nearly two decade existence.