About Summer Reading

This year's summer reading theme is Read to the Rhythm
You can register for summer reading beginning June 1 at the Library. After that date, you can log in online using the Sign Up Link

For summer events, please visit our EVENTS PAGE
Summer Reading is for everyone! Every child can join summer reading at the Stratford Library. Choose the program that's right for you and your child.
- Read-to-Me for children not yet reading on their own up to age 8. 
- Summer Reading for independent readers through age 12. 

How does Summer Reading work? Lots to read, here!

- When you sign up, don't forget to decorate your science shape!
- Librarians Challenge ... Check out our wacky bulletin board for a special summer challenge. What crazy thing will the librarians do? Stop by in June to find out. 
- Crafts and Games - Crafts and games will be out during the summer when we have volunteers to help out!

- When you sign up, you will receive an Activity Log for your child.
- Choose from a list of different literacy activities to enjoy with your child including reading together. 
- Color in or check off activity boxes on your log as you complete them.
- You can work on activities from June 1 to August 8; Visit the Library to register your activities and receive prizes in the Children's Department beginning June 22.
- When you have completed 10 activities, you will receive a ticket to the Storybook Party on Thursday, August 13 at 11:30 a.m. in the Library's Lovell Room. Tickets required for entry. 

- Beginning June 22, stop by the Children's Department to show your Activity Log to a librarian. 
- Every week you have completed at least one activity, you will receive the weekly prize. 
- Complete 10 activities to get a ticket to the Storybook Party and a book dedicated in your honor.
- Receive additional certificates at the finale party!
- For every 10 activities you complete, you will also receive a free book.

- Just like last year, type the titles of the books you have read on the computer as you complete them. No internet at home? Use the Library computers anytime we are open.  Just ask us!
- You can count books you read from June 1 to August 8; report to librarians and receive prizes in the Children's Department beginning June 1. (The main summer reading program gears up June 22 once the children are out of school). 
- Comic books and audio books count; magazines don't. 

- Beginning June 1, stop by the Children's Department to report to the librarians.  Using your library card or your name, we can look up the books you have typed online and give you your prizes!
- Every week you have completed at least one book, you will receive the weekly prize.when you have 8 books read, you will have completed the club (But don't stop reading!).
- PRIZE TICKETS: For each book you read, you may fill out one ticket (write neatly!) good for a chance to win one of the Summer Reading prizes (These are in addition to weekly prizes given to ALL readers). We will draw the winners of the prizes after August 12 and announce the winners no later than August 20 at the Library.  You do not need to be present to win. All winners will be notified.

Stratford Animal Shelter Collection - During the summer, the Children's Department will be collecting new toys and food for cats and dogs in need. Children who donate will receive extra prize tickets. Visit the Library for details.

- If you read 8 books and complete the summer reading program, you will be eligible for the Finale Party with Mayor Harkins and Chinese Acrobat Li Liu as well as a book dedicated in your honor here at the Library.  You MUST RSVP with the Mayor's office to attend the Finale party by posted deadlines. Visit the Library for details. The Link to RSVP is here: http://www.townofstratford.com/heroes 
- For every 5 books you read, you will also receive a free book.

HARKINS HERO SUMMER READING CHALLENGE: Read 8 books from your school's summer reading list, then register with the Mayor's office by the deadline. You will receive a t-shirt and a certificate from the Mayor at the Summer Reading Party on Wednesday, August 12. (Tickets required for admission).

Thank You to Our Sponsors! Please thank them next time you see them!
The Carol Pieper Memorial Fund
William Caspar Graustein Discovery Grant
Helen Cleveland Fund
Donations from Stratford Parents
Applebee’s Restaurant
Bridgeport Bluefish
Connecticut Sun
Quassy Amusement Park
Stop and Shop
An Anonymous Benefactor

Special Volunteers including The Baldwin Center, art instructor Sally Head, LEGO volunteer Turner W., Jay Reidy the Magician, Miss Lauren and Siena and Drago and Sally V. Plus, our wonderful teen volunteers.