Reading at Home

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Building Home Libraries - Encouraging Literacy from Birth!

Having books in the home is critical for a child’s exposure to reading and gaining early literacy skills.  Combined with parents engaged and trained to make the most of reading at home, a child’s success in developing strong reading skills is greatly enhanced.  

Unfortunately, many children in Coastal Fairfield County have limited access to books at home. A recent study reveals that in low-income neighborhoods there is an average of only one age-appropriate book for every 300 children. United Way of Coastal Fairfield County is working to improve children’s literacy by providing books for families to read with their children at home.

Over the last 10 years we have helped distribute over 200,000 books to families through our partnership with Read to Grow and more than 1,000 books to date have been provided through our Little Free Library project.

Need books?

  • If you would like books for your home or your organization’s literacy program follow these easy steps:

             Visit and fill out a Book Request Form or contact Evelyn Tomasello, Project Coordinator for Read at Home, 203-488-6800 or email:


United Way of Coastal Fairfield County corporate partners who would like to hold a book drive to support home and school libraries for low-icome families can contact Dana Freeman, Communications Manager at Hampford Research Inc., held a successful book drive to support children at Franklin Elementary in Stratford,