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Calling All Teens: Become a Summer Volunteer

Teens can earn volunteer credit by helping kids and teens sign up for the Summer Learning Clubs, report their reading progress, and assist with special projects and activities. Stop by any branch to submit a required application, which can be found here.

One training session must be completed to volunteer; these will be held June 3 from 2 to 4 p.m., June 5 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., and June 28 from 2 to 4 p.m. All volunteers must be 12 years old or older by June 10.

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Book Donation Days at the Harry Bennett Branch

Book donations will again be accepted at the Harry Bennett Branch the first Saturday of every month starting June 3. All are welcome to bring their gently used books to the auditorium from 12 to 3 p.m. Mark your calendars: Future donation days include July 1, September 2, October 7, November 4 and December 2. For donation guidelines, click here.

Donations are welcome any time during library hours at the Main Library Book Shop.

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Casting Call: Open Auditions for Beautiful, The Carole King Musical at Curtain Call

Curtain Call will hold auditions June 5 and 6 at The Kweskin Theatre from 7 to 10 p.m. to cast all roles for Beautiful, The Carole King Musical, which will open the 51st season at the Kweskin this fall. For more audition, callback, casting and rehearsal information, click here.

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Announcing the 2023 Teen Art Contest Winner

The winner of this year's Teen Art Contest is Aarna Agrawal, who is in seventh grade at Dolan Middle School in Stamford. Her winning image will be the featured art used in all Teen Summer Learning program materials.

Congratulations Aarna!

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Find Your Next Great Read with NoveList Plus

The Ferguson Library's NoveList Plus database is an easy-to-use tool that provides fiction and nonfiction book reviews and reading suggestions for adults and teens. You can search by genre or theme, and find works with diverse characters, written by authors from many different cultures and backgrounds. Or keep up with the latest award winners, celebrity picks and best new audiobooks. A special section for book groups includes recommended titles and tips for energizing the discussion.

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Play Group for Ukrainian Children and their Families

Starting Friday, May 26, the Child Guidance Center of Southern Connecticut Inc. (CGC), an affiliate of the Community Health Center Inc. (CHCI), will host free weekly play groups from 9:30 to 11 a.m. for Ukrainian families with children younger than 5. These play groups offer families a chance to connect and learn about community resources while their children play together.

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Free Screening of the Documentary The Right to Read

Synergy1Holdings, in collaboration with Alliance for Black Achievement and the City of Stamford, will present a free screening of the documentary The Right to Read: The Greatest Civil Right Issue of Our Time, at the Avon Theatre May 15 from 7 to 9 p.m. The film, from executive producer Levar Burton and director Jenny Mackenzie, sheds light on the current illiteracy crisis in America. The screening will be followed by a panel discussion. Tickets are available here.

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Children's Book Week Book Giveaway

Calling all kids and teens in grades pre-K to 8! Celebrate Children's Book Week with free books. Drop by any of our branches at these times and get two books for your home library, while supplies last.

The giveaway is presented in partnership with the City of Stamford, Reading is Fundamental, Stamford Public Education Foundation and Stamford Public Schools.

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Tiny Art Submission Deadline Extended at the Main Library

Tiny Art bags of supplies are still available at the Main Library for artists ages 6 and older who wish to create two 4x4-inch paintings for the Tiny Art Show. Artwork for the Main Library reception is now due May 5.

There are no more supply bags at the Harry Bennett Branch and the Weed Memorial-Hollader Branch. Their deadline remains April 29.

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Be Part of the Ferguson Library's Tiny Art Show

Artists ages 6 and older are invited to pick up a Tiny Art bag that contains everything you need to create two 4x4-inch paintings. Bags are available at all branches, while supplies last. Artwork is due April 29.

Read More for Classical Music Fans

Calling all music lovers! The online video collection contains an extensive selection of concerts and documentaries for fans of classical, opera, ballet and jazz. Featuring legendary historic performances and current live-streaming events, highlights some of the world’s most acclaimed musicians, singers and conductors, all presented with high-quality sound. For those honing their skills, the collection also includes master classes taught by prominent music educators.

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Enter the Library's Teen Art Contest 2023

Exploring the upcoming Summer Learning Club theme: Find Your Voice
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Youth Enrichment Program: Reaching Our Communities (R.O.C.)

Starting May 6, the Ferguson Library, in partnership with Heart & Purpose Inc., will present the Youth Enrichment Program: Reaching Our Communities (R.O.C.), a free six-week series of workshops focusing on the arts, community building, life skills and mental health. This program, geared for teens 12 to 18, will help participants grow and learn in fun and meaningful ways.

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United Way Seeks Applicants for the Heart of Gold Scholarship

The Roberta K. Eichler Heart of Gold Scholarship, named after the longstanding executive director of the Stamford Volunteer Center of United Way of Western Connecticut, is currently accepting applications for its $5,000 scholarship, awarded annually to support and promote the continuing education of an outstanding student volunteer from the Stamford community. Applications and application guidelines can be found here. All application materials are due March 22.

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Linked Libraries is Back

Check out Linked Libraries, a collaboration between the Ferguson Library and the Stamford Public Schools to make the library’s resources available to students at their schools.
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