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Summer Reading at the Library
Ferguson's largest program yet, and growing
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Stamford, CT | Added on July 30, 2013 At 05:31 PM

In just about every corner of the Ferguson Library, you can find a child reading.

That's partly because this is the most children ever involved with the library's summer reading program.  

"We're really surprised.  We seem to be breaking records," said Caroline Ward.

Caroline Ward says there's 3,000 Stamford children signed up, and counting.  

"Usually we have about 27 - 2,900 completing participating in the club.  So now a month left to go and we still have 3,000 so this is amazing," said Ward.

Librarians says opening up a book during the summer is essential for children.  That way they can pick up where they left off when the school year begins.

"If a child does not read over the summer, they slide back about two months.  So when they face school in September, they're actually, it's like they're back to May," said Ward.

All the more reason why parents like Beth Spaziante are taking their children to the library.

"It's fun.  It's a good motivator because they get prizes every couple books.  So it's a good way to keep him motivated to keep reading," said Spaziante.

"If they have prizes, we give them to them and you know, we make it a big deal for the kids so they feel special," said Lindsay Sanchez, a student volunteer who goes to Scofield Magnet Middle School.

Lindsay Sanchez is one of 220 student volunteers helping this summer.  

"It puts a smile on my face seeing that kids want to read," said Sanchez.  

There's also a record 600 teens, and 700 Stamford camps who enjoy the programs.  

"It is important to keep plugging away.  Plus it's just a wonderful way to spend the summer," said Ward.  


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