Books Across Stamford is an engaging literacy program focused on motivating children to read by distributing free books and literacy resources to low-income children and families. SPEF partners with Reading is FUNdamental (RIF) and the Scholastic Possible Fund, along with Stamford’s Ferguson Library, with the goal of distributing 5,000 new books each year throughout Stamford to help children, Pre-K through fifth-grade, build home libraries.

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Since 2013, SPEF has held two large-scale RIF book giveaways per year at The Ferguson Library. Approximately 600 – 700 books are distributed to 300 – 400 children at each event. These events also include guest readers, professional storytellers, arts & crafts activities, and snacks for all who attend.

In 2014, SPEF launched the Books Across Stamford Summer Series program. Since then, SPEF has been organizing 8 – 12 book giveaways at community centers and camps, in an effort to help curb summer learning loss. Approximately 2,000 books are distributed each summer. SPEF also provides book donations throughout the year to other local organizations and the City of Stamford.