This program focuses on motivating children to read by distributing free books and literacy resources to low-income children and families. SPEF partners with Reading is FUNdamental and The Ferguson Library to distribute approximately 4,000 brand new books every year to low-income children through book give-a-ways and donations to community centers throughout the city.
Since 2013 SPEF holds two large-scale RIF book giveaways per year at the Ferguson Library (300-400 children and adults attend each event, distributing 600-700 books per giveaway). These events also include a professional storyteller, guest readers from the Stamford community, arts & crafts activities, and snacks for all who attend.
In 2014 SPEF expanded to include the Summer Book Give-a-way Series, holding eight book give-a-ways at community centers each year 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, as well as to the City of Stamford.