The 2014 theme is "Explore the Universe from A to Z." The program encourages children to read books, receive prizes and enjoy special library programs. For children not yet reading on their own, the Read to Me Program offers weekly prizes and an end of summer party with a "Family Music Extravaganza" performance.
This year, the Stratford Library teams up with Mayor Harkins for the Summer Reading Challenge for independent readers. Children who read eight books will receive an invitation to the end of summer ice cream party with Casey Carle's Bubble-Mania, Mayor Harkins and the
Stratford Librarians. Stratford children who read at least eight books from their school's summer reading list can qualify to be recognized as a "Harkins Hero" at the party. For more information about this exciting opportunity, contact the Library or the Mayor's office.
Summer Reading begins with special events for children at the Library. Turtle Dance Music will perform on June 23 at 10:30 am for toddlers to age 7. On June 21, Critter Caravan will bring their traveling exotic mammals and reptiles with shows at 2 and 3 pm for ages 4 to 12. The kick-off events are sponsored by the Carol Pieper Memorial Fund.
To register or for further information and a list of summer programs and storytimes, call the Children's Department at 203.385.4165 or visit: