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Missions
Our librarians have put together several activities, for a variety of challenges and levels. Complete an activity and you might unlock a more advanced one, and bragging rights, cool badges and maybe even a prize!

BINGO Mission: Build a fort!



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BINGO Mission: Do something crafty



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BINGO Mission: Enjoy a cold treat - ice cream, popsicles, or frozen fruit



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BINGO Mission: Have a device-free day (no TV, cellphones, tablets, etc.)



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BINGO Mission: Help a family member



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BINGO Mission: Help with a chore at home



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BINGO Mission: Identify a tree or flower outside



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BINGO Mission: Identify an animal outside



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BINGO Mission: Listen to an audiobook



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BINGO Mission: Make a 3-dimensional craft



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BINGO Mission: Make up your own summer goal!



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BINGO Mission: Play a game



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BINGO Mission: Read a book that hasn't been made into a movie



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BINGO Mission: Read an article in a newspaper or magazine



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BINGO Mission: Read outside



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BINGO Mission: Read to or with someone else



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BINGO Mission: Take a picture or draw a picture of yourself with family or friends



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BINGO Mission: Take a walk with your family around



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BINGO Mission: Talk to friends or family on the phone



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BINGO Mission: Try a new food



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BINGO Mission: Visit a park



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BINGO Mission: Watch a movie based on a book



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BINGO Mission: Watch the sunrise or sunset



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BINGO Mission: Write a letter to a friend or family member



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Branch Visit

Go to one of The Ferguson Library branches that you have not been to before.  Look around. 

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Go climb a tree!

Climb 3 different trees.  (Don't go too high!)  Take a look around to see what you can see.

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Match the Tail

Do you love animals? Guess what animal each tail belongs to! 

*Need a hint? Try one of these! Alligator, beaver, chameleon, elephant, giraffe, lemur, pig, tiger, whale, zebra.


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Read a book you've always wanted to.



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Read from a different genre

Read a book of a different genre than you usually read, e.g., poetry, biography, informational books, mystery, etc.

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Sunset AND Sunrise

One day, watch both a sunset AND a sunrise.

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Take a hike!

Go for a hike for at least 30 minutes.

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The Five Practices Outside

There are five simple, powerful, and fun practices that parents/caregivers are encouraged to incorporate into their everyday lives that can help establish a strong foundation for early literacy. Those practices are: Reading, Writing, Talking, Singing, and Playing. Try to incorporate the outdoors in each practice and have fun! 

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Unplug for an Afternoon

Completely "unplug" for an afternoon and engage in non-digital activity.  Write about it.

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Watch a movie based on a book

Watch a movie based on a book.

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Write a Story

Write a story, at least two pages in length, that begins with these words:


"If I were an explorer in the future..."


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"Only the trees in the forest saw her."



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Gothic Spook

Crumbling mansions, creepy atmosphere, long-buried secrets, murder – gothic conventions are readily recognizable. There are many types of gothic fiction; this subgenre of suspense is as much a tone as it is a type. Gothic romances, mysteries, and horror all share the same disquieting atmosphere.

Gothic romances traditionally feature an inexperienced protagonist, often a heroine, haunted by the supernatural, the past, or a present, tangible threat. Modern heroines have found a bit more agency but will still pursue a love connection that eventually resolves to a happily ever after.  
 
Gothic mysteries and horror instill an abiding sense of unease: science gone sideways, ancestral curses tormenting descendants, lovers who are not what they seem, madness, mayhem, cruelty, and death all abound. Narrators can be unreliable and occasionally unhinged. An ever-increasing sense of inevitability threatens the protagonist: lucky ones face an ambiguous conclusion; unlucky ones end up dead…or worse.
 
Southern Gothic shares the eerie ambiance of its cousins but is limited to the American South; authors are often born and raised there (e.g., Flannery O’Connor). There are undercurrents of class conflict, corruption, and the legacy of racism. Characterizations include the grotesque, individuals so defective physically, mentally, or both, that they’re as disturbing as that gothic original, Frankenstein’s monster.



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Armchair Detective

True crime consists of factual stories that deal with crime, criminal psychology, criminal investigations, trials, police work, and prison life. They are based on actual events but can sometimes be highly speculative. Murder tends to be the most popular topic, but a wide variety of crimes are covered within the genre.
 
These books approach the subject through various perspectives, including reporting, historical slants, sociological/cultural takes, and biography and memoir. True crime books vary significantly based on their approach.

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Book Bingo Short Storiy Challenge-June 13 to July

Challenge date -  June 13 to July 8 - Choose books from any part of the Imaginative World of Science Fiction.
Read short stories on special themes and learn more about the library by completing a horizontal, vertical or diagonal line for BINGO!  Complete this challenge and earn a chance to win a Family Membership to the Stamford Museum and Nature Center (Valid for 2 named adults and all children under 18, 10% gift shop discount and discounted Festival rate of $5/person) at the August 1 - Musical Performance - Laura Skutch.




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Self Care Wheel-A Life in Balance

This mission is designed to help you reflect and find a balance in your life. When it comes to self-care activities, there are different needs that we can work to meet.  The Self-Care Wheel is a tool focusing on six dimensions of our well-being.  Paying attention to these 6 dimensions daily will lead to a Life in Balance!

Our librarians have created Reading Lists where you can find books, audio-books, movies, digital materials and more with information that will assist you to imagine and create a new life story...

Read (1) Book from three different dimensions on the wheel. Write your self-care activities in your own personal journal or on your calendar and make a commitment.

Mindfully focusing on wellness in our lives builds resilience and enables us to thrive amidst life’s challenges.

REMEMBER in order to raise your voice for others, you have to take care of yourself first…




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Imagine Your Journey Travel Bingo

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If you like to travel, the odds are probable you’ve had to cancel or postpone a trip, due to the risks and travel restrictions imposed due to coronavirus—and you’re no doubt disappointed.  Sink into your armchair and experience the world from the comforts of your home.  Let a book, audio-book or movie open your eyes and change the way you see the world.

“Imagine Your Journey” Travel Bingo may inspire you to choose books that are on the travel reading list provided or to choose a book from your own TBR (to be read) pile.

Complete the Mission by completing selections in a horizontal, vertical or diagonal line for BINGO!

Wherever your journey takes you, enjoy the ride!



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Man Booker Reader

A literary prize awarded each year for the best novel written in English and published in the United Kingdom or Ireland.

List of past winners



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Science Fiction Reading Challenge- July 9 to Aug 1

Challenge date July 9 - Aug.1 - Choose books from any part of the Imaginative World of Science Fiction. A Booklist is provided or read/listen to books of your own preference.  Read or listen to (2) books to complete the challenge and earn a chance to win a prize at our August 1, 2019 musical performance. 

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Beach Reads/Page-Turner Thrillers-Aug 2. to Aug. 22

Challenge date  Aug. 2 to Aug. 22 - From breezy beach reads to can't miss thrillers, we've found a book for every occasion under the sun. Dive right into a mix of popular classics, romantic novels, thrillers, and modern fiction while you are on vacation.

Choose books from the challenge list or choose one of your own TBR (To Be Read) books.
Read or Listen to (2) books to complete the challenge and earn a chance to win (2) Adult Flex Passes (good for 10 shows) to Curtain Call, Kweskin Theatre and Dressing Room Theatre.



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Happy Holidays!

Why should only the winter holidays get the spotlight? We celebrate holidays throughout the entire year from St. Valentine's Day to Halloween.

Read a book set around a holiday other than Christmas.



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International Person of Mystery

People commit crimes all over the world, so therefore there are detectives solving crimes all over the world as well.

Read a mystery set in a country other than your own to complete this challenge.



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Read "Their" Book

Read a book by a nonbinary author.


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Poet Laureate

“Poetry is when an emotion has found its thought and the thought has found words.”
-Robert Frost

Read an anthology of poems by a singular author or theme.



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Welcome to America

Read a book about the Asian American experience


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7 Days

Read a book that takes place over the course of a week or less.


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'Til Death Do Us Part

Read a book where the main events take place during a wedding or a funeral.


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Time for Family

Read a book about a family featuring various generations.


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LibraryReads 2021

LibraryReads is the monthly nationwide library staff picks list for adult fiction and non-fiction. Our goal is to help connect readers to as many books as possible, while drawing upon the incredible power that public library staff has in helping to build word-of-mouth for new books, and the important role that libraries play in creating audiences for all kinds of authors.

You can find all the LibraryReads books at https://libraryreads.org



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Accept Your Inner Youth

Read a YA/Adult crossover book.


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Inspire the World

Read a memoir about an inspirational individual who made a difference in the world.


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Laugh About It

Read a book with one of the following appeals: funny, amusing, darkly humorous, or sardonic.


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Tower of Babel

Read a book in translation.


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It's All Here in Black and White

Read a graphic novel with black and white illustrations.


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Epicurean

Read a book about culinary arts or artist


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Lean In

Read a leadership book written about a female leader/CEO.


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Love is in the Air

Read a romance novel whose main character identifies as gay or lesbian.


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Indigenous Memories

Read a biography or memoir by an indigenous author.


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Historian

Read a book based on a real person or historical event.


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Afrofuturist

Read an Afrofuturism or Afrofantasy novel

Afrofuturism and Afrofantasy are interconnected subgenres within speculative fiction, both using a Black lens to convey an author's vision for a fictional world. Afrofuturism incorporates Black identities into future society and technology, while Afrofantasy portrays worlds inspired by African cultures and mythologies.



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Magical Realist

Read a speculative novel by a Latinx author


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Made for the Small Screen

Read a book that has been adapted into a television show.


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History Will Judge

Read a historical legal thriller.


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Masterpiece

Read a book about an artistic masterpiece.


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Fresh Coat of Paint

Read a retelling/reinvention of a classic


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All the World's a Stage

Read a play from a contemporary playwright.


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You Never Forget Your First

Read the debut novel of your favorite author


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Twins

Read a bestselling book published in the year you were born.


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Check off the List

Read a book from the local high school's summer reading list.


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African Reader

Read a book written by a contemporary African author


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Get Away From It All

Read a book that takes place in your favorite vacation spot.


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Problem Solver

Read a book that delves into a current crisis (social/political/economic/environmental) and offers solutions.


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Music to Your Ears

Read a biography of your favorite musician.


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Accessibility

Read a memoir by someone facing a disability or chronic illness.


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Pulitzer Prize Reader

Read a Pulitzer Prize winning book.

The Pulitzer Prize for Fiction is one of the seven American Pulitzer Prizes that are annually awarded for Letters, Drama, and Music. It recognizes distinguished fiction by an American author, preferably dealing with American life, published during the preceding calendar year.



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Blinded Me With Science

Read a book by a female scientist


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Outside the Box

Read a book about men in non-stereotypical roles


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Turn Back Time

Read a book about time travel in the past.


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Lights! Camera! Action!

Read a book that became a feature film.


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Librarian

Read a book featuring libraries or librarians.


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Out of this World

Read a book set on another world.


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Memento Mori

Read a book by or about someone who died in 2021.


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Nutmegger

Read a book set in Connecticut.


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The City is Us

Read a book classified as urban fiction.

Set in urban and inner-city areas, these gritty titles often feature characters engaging in crime or illicit behaviors to survive in a harsh and violent landscape. Urban fiction is a young but popular genre, thanks to page-turning storylines, contemporary urban settings, realistic characters (usually African Americans), and straightforward prose.



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Anthropomorphism

Read a book with a non-human point-of-view character.


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Let's Circle Back On This

Read a book you hated (or failed to finish) in school


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Banned Books

Read a banned book.

Speaking out for and reading banned and challenged books is vital in the fight against censorship.

Check out the American Library Association's lists of the most challenged books in the United States:
https://www.ala.org/advocacy/bbooks/frequentlychallengedbooks/top10



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Monster Between the Covers

Read a book that scares you.


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