Find literacy and reading resources in Fairfield County, CT, including children's reading enrichment programs and volunteer opportunities for teens and adults.
Fairfield Public Library
Fairfield and Southport
Raise literacy awareness by participating in the Fairfield Public Library's One Book, One Town program, which encourages town members young and old to pick up the same book. Participants may borrow this year's selection, Eating Animals by Jonathan Safran Foer, at any of the three libraries (Main, Woods Branch, and Pequot) or choose to purchase the book at Borders, one of the library's community partners. Throughout the month of March, readers have the opportunity to participate in events geared toward adults, families, and children based on the book's information or themes. Events include a seminar on vegetarian cooking, a Pequot Library-hosted farmer's market, a "Food Detective" discussion that teaches kids about the nutritious and not-so-nutritious ingredients in their cherished cuisine choices. The smaller events surround the "meet the author" signature event on March 10. For more information on the book and community activities, go to the One Book, One Town events webpage.
Read to Grow, Inc.
Whether you're interested in planning the gala of the year or settling down to tea with fellow bookworms at the local book club, Read to Grow, Inc. offers a great way to get involved with the local community. From planning benefits and hosting book drives to donating gently used books or emphasizing the importance of reading from birth to new parents, Read to Grow recognizes every volunteer's talents. Get involved by visiting the "How You Can Help" tab at the website or calling Tina Silidker at the number above.
RIF: Reading Is Fundamental
Reading Is Fundamental serves children through a national network of volunteer coordinators and literacy programs in nearly 19,000 locations across the U.S., including Norwalk (Norwalk Public Library, Silvermine School, Norwalk Housing Authority, and other sites throughout the city) and Bridgeport (various locations managed by the Bridgeport Board of Education). Last year, in the state of Connecticut, 49,979 children selected 303,977 books to keep as their own. Visit the website to learn about volunteering in your area, donating, or advocating with Congress to maintain funding beyond the current temporary funding resolution set to expire on March 4.
Also see: How to Help Your Child Be a Confident Reader
Resources: Our Education Resource Guide to the New York metro area
Our Online Calendar, for storytelling events and more in Rockland County and the New York metro area