Books Across Stamford is an engaging literacy program focused on motivating children to read by distributing new, free books and literacy resources to low-income children and families. Each year, SPEF aims to distribute 5,000 books throughout Stamford to help children, pre-K through fifth-grade, build home libraries.

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

Each summer, SPEF organizes the Summer Series book giveaways at various Stamford-based community centers and camps. Over 2,000 books are distributed each summer, resulting in bigger home libraries and children enthusiastic to read.  SPEF also provides book donations throughout the year to other local organizations and the City of Stamford.

Summer Series 2021 Locations

Dorothy Heroy Park

Newfield Elementary School

Davenport Ridge Elementary School

Roxbury Elementary School

Barrett Park

Westover Magnet Elementary School

Hart Magnet Elementary School

Summer Start

Children’s Learning Centers (CLC)

Star Center

Stamford Museum & Nature Center


Stay tuned for our Halloween Series dates announcement…