Families with students in pre-kindergarten through fifth grade are invited to a special Winter Wonderland Book Giveaway event on Saturday, January 28, from 1 – 4 p.m. at the Ferguson Library’s main branch. The free event, which takes place in the Dudley N. Williams, Jr. Auditorium, is sponsored by the Library and Stamford Public Education Foundation (SPEF) in partnership with Reading is Fundamental (RIF), Stamford Public Schools (SPS) and the City of Stamford, as part of SPEF’s Books Across Stamford program.
The event will feature stories read by several special guest readers including Stamford Mayor Caroline Simmons, SPS Superintendent Dr. Tamu Lucero, and others. Children will also have the chance to select up to three new books from hundreds that will be available. Additionally, they can enjoy snacks, create some fun wintery crafts, visit the Wonderland photo booth, and even sign up for their own library card.
Books Across Stamford is an engaging literacy program focused on motivating children to read and helping families build home libraries. Each year, SPEF aims to distribute 5,000 books throughout Stamford for children, pre-K through fifth grade. In 2022, SPEF and RIF received $250,000 in federal funding, which will allow SPEF to dramatically increase the number of books distributed to Stamford school children this year. In total, 36,000 books will go to 12,000 Stamford students from pre-kindergarten to eighth grade, and 7,700 students will be granted access to RIF’s Skybrary, a digital library of books.
Founded in 1996, the mission of the Stamford Public Education Foundation is to elevate student success by delivering educational programs and solutions that promote equitable access to quality public education in Stamford.
For more information about SPEF and the Winter Wonderland Book Giveaway event, please call (203) 965-7733.