Books Across Stamford is an engaging literacy program focused on motivating children to read by distributing new, free books and literacy resources to economically disadvantaged 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.
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.
PAST 2023 EVENTS
Friday, March 3rd
March Into Reading
Join SPEF as we celebrate Read Across America week by providing free books to Stamford public school students!
Saturday, January 28
Books Across Stamford: A Winter Wonderland Book Giveaway
1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Ferguson Library, Dudley N. Williams, Jr. Auditorium
PAST 2022 EVENTS
Monday, August 8
Community Health Center’s National Health Center Week
10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Community Health Center, Inc.
22 Fifth Street
Saturday, April 30
9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Stamford Early Childhood Fair
Mill River Park, Carousel Lawn
SPEF will be distributing free books at the Stamford Early Childhood Fair.
Stop by and look for our table!
Saturday, April 9
12:00 – 2:30 p.m.
Ferguson Library South End Branch
34 Woodland Avenue
Students, Pre-K through 5th grade, and their families are invited to kick off their spring break with SPEF and the Ferguson Library. Enjoy free, new books to take home, as well as healthy snacks, Earth Day crafts, and entertainment from local community members!
Summer Series 2022 Locations
Boys and Girls Club – Stillwater
Rogers International School
Boys & Girls Club – Yerwood Center
Northeast Elementary School
Westover Magnet Elementary
Building One Community
Summer Series 2021 Locations
Dorothy Heroy Park
Newfield Elementary School
Davenport Ridge Elementary School
Roxbury Elementary School
Westover Magnet Elementary School
Hart Magnet Elementary School
Children’s Learning Centers (CLC)
Stamford Museum & Nature Center