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Stamford Library Offers Prizes to Summer Readers

STAMFORD, Conn. -- Most kids dream of a summer free of school work. But Stamford’s Ameya Phanalkar and Paribesh Upreti will devote part of theirs to the Ferguson Library’s teen summer reading club.

“I think it’s a good way to spend the summer,” 13-year-old Ameya said as he began a new game of Jenga with his friend.

“It will be fun,” Paribesh, 12, said before removing a piece from the tower.

Knowing that getting kids to read is easier said than done, the library will offer prizes to participants. Younger kids who finish 10 books and teens who complete six will receive one free book. The teens will also be entered in a drawing for a colored Nook .

“The goal is to get kids and teens to read for fun,” said Steve Zampino, teen librarian for the Ferguson Library .

The summer reading program ends with celebrations at the end of August. Teens who read a least four books will be invited to a dinner and movie party at the library, and younger finishers will see “ Casey Carle’s Bubblemania ” at the Palace Theater .  To be a “finisher” a child has to read at least five books, a teen a minimum of four.

The library classifies a child as anyone not yet in sixth grade, and teens as grade six through 12.

Parents can register young readers for the summer clubs by going to any of the Ferguson Library branches or by visiting the library’s website.

How are your kids spending their summer vacation? Share their plans below or send them to reporter Anthony Buzzeo at tbuzzeo@TheDailyStamford.com .

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