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Monday, June 13, 2011

That's a lot of reading!

And you can still get in on the fun at the Fairfield Public Library

The library launched its Summer Reading Program for children, teens and adults on June 1.

Last year more than 2600 people - adults, teens and children - participated in the library’s summer reading fun. This year’s theme is “Read Around the World.”
Participants may register, input their books, write reviews, and maintain their reading records online. Individuals will be able to register from home, camp, while on vacation or at the beach.

For generations children in Fairfield have come to the library to spin the summer reading wheel. This fun continues or children may select any book from anywhere not just the Library. This year’s theme for children is “One World, Many Stories”, hinting at the wonderful world of exploration that is available through books-- The Summer Reading Game runs from June 1 through August 5, offering children the opportunity to record their reading online, earning prizes after reading 5, 10 and 15 books. Children who do not yet read may have books read to them. Some of the special prizes include: a pass to Quassy Amusement Park, a ticket to a Sound Tigers opening hockey game, coupons for Subway and Fairfield Dairy Queen, and a new paperback book. Children in grades K-3 and younger that read 15 books by the end of the summer will receive a free ticket to a live performance of Aladdin at Roger Ludlowe Middle School on Thursday, August 18. In addition, for 4th and 5th graders who read 10 books, TD Bank is offering to put $10 into a new or existing account for each child--

There will be two events this year to celebrate the end of school and the beginning of summer. On June 8 at Jennings Beach over 200 children and their caregivers joined in for a Preschool Sing-Along with Marcia Louis. On June 16 from 6:30 – 7:30 p.m., there will be a concert and sing-along with Annie and the Natural Wonder Band at Lake Mohegan. Drop by – all ages are welcome, and the event is free. There is no rain date for this event.
Teens entering grades 6 through 12 can read to win prizes all summer too. Teens register online and then write a short, simple review of their completed reading on our Summer Reading website. Enter your books, magazines, manga or graphic novels on line at for a chance to win both weekly and grand prizes, including gift cards to your favorite stores, video cameras, musical instruments from around the world, and maybe even an iPod Touch! Each week, the Library will raffle off a $50 gift card to a fun local business —Starbucks, Gofer Ice Cream, and Subway. Anyone who posts a review that week is eligible. Also for every 200 pages a teen reads, they earn a raffle ticket towards our grand prizes, which include an iPod Touch, International Musical Instruments (didgeridoo!) and autographed books by popular authors. Teens MUST be present at our Finale party on August 11th to win a grand prize, but if they can’t make it, they will be entered into an alternate raffle. For more information about the Teen Summer Reading “You Are Here”, visit our FAQ at

Children and teens don’t have an exclusive on summer reading fun at the Library! For a third year, adults will be able to participate in their own reading program, “Novel Destinations”. Each week a different reading theme will be highlighted with reading suggestions and weekly raffle drawings. Registration is easy: visit our website and sign up once, and then drop your name in the raffle buckets at any service desk each time you visit the library (Main or Woods Branch). Prizes for a weekly lucky winner at each building may include restaurant gift certificates, museum tickets and autographed books.

 All programs at the Fairfield Public Library are offered to the public free of charge. More information is available by calling the Fairfield Public library at 203-256-3160 or at Follow the Library through Twitter: and Facebook:

Editor's note: All information in this post was contributed.


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