Thursday, June 13, 2024

Be Recognized As A Reading Champion


Mayor’s Reading Champion Program Returns

Stratford youth ages 0-12 are invited to commit to Mayor Laura R. Hoydick’s 2022 Mayor’s Reading Champion program. Participants are asked to read at least 8 books this summer. The program concludes with a celebratory reception on Wednesday, August 10th from 4:30-6:30 p.m. on the grounds of the historic Perry House.

At the reception, participants will receive a certificate of completion and the opportunity for a photo-op with Mayor Hoydick. Roaming entertainers will be on hand and individually wrapped ice cream sundaes will be served by Goody Bassett’s Ice Cream. Distribution of goody bags and a free book from the library will round out the event.

The program returns for its ninth year. In the past, nearly 1,900 students have read over 15,200 books to complete the challenge. The Office of the Mayor and the Stratford Library, in partnership with Stratford public and private schools, sponsor the program. The Stratford Library’s Children’s Department has visited Stratford Public Schools encouraging students to participate in the challenge.

“I am pleased to encourage summer reading in Stratford’s youth”, said Mayor Hoydick. “The importance of raising a community of readers is vital to the growth of our youngest constituents. I look forward to celebrating our Reading Challenge winners in August. Keep reading this summer!”

To register for the event, please visit


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