Stratford Library to host Vicki Soto Project

The Stratford Library, in partnership with the Vicki Soto Memorial Fund and the Stratford Board of Education, will help launch “Miss Soto’s Literacy Legacy Project” at the Library on Tuesday, Nov. 3. The new collaboration is in honor of Victoria Soto, a Stratford resident and teacher who was a victim of the Sandy Hook Elementary shooting tragedy.

Vicki Soto

Vicki Soto

In her honor and legacy, the Vicki Soto Memorial, the Stratford Library and the Stratford Board of Education, have collaborated to ensure her memory lives on in each Stratford classroom and in the Stratford Library Children’s Department.  Vicki’s brother, Mathew, commented, “We started this project to ensure Vicki’s library never stops growing.” “Miss Soto’s Literacy Legacy Project” will provide mentor books to each k-6 class for creative and innovative learning. This project will begin the first week of November, around Soto’s 30th birthday, and will carry on several times throughout each school year. Identified books and Soto’s favorites will eventually be on display in the Stratford Library Children’s Department. 

“We are all very excited for the opportunity to carry on Vicki’s love for learning and her legacy of literacy for all children,” said Amy E. Wiltsie, Board Member of the Vicki Soto Memorial Fund.  PK-6 Literacy Coordinator Sue Schmidt and Jennifer Blake, Wilcoxson School Reading Teacher added, “Stratford Elementary Schools are excited to be a part of ‘Miss Soto’s Literacy Legacy Project.’ These mentor texts will be read to all elementary students k-6 and will be on display in every classroom where students will have an opportunity to share and discuss rich literature in multiple facets. Throughout the year the books will also be revisited to gain knowledge in reading, writing and talking about character education.” 

The Nov. 3 program will begin at 3:30 p.m. in the Stratford Library’s Lovell Room where guest speakers will help launch the project. The four selected books, Snowflakes Fall by Patricia MacLachlan, illustrated by Steven Kellog, What Do You Do With a Tail Like This? by Steve Jenkins & Robin Page, The Invisible Boy by Trudy Ludwig, illustrated by Patrice Barton and Because Amelia Smiled by David Ezra Stein (author/illustrator), will be on display.

Light refreshments will be served at the program which is free and open to the public.

Reservations are required by calling 203-381-2063 or email sszymanski@stratfordlibrary.org.

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  • George Mulligan

    If there were a poll of favorite town departments and services, I suspect Stratford Library would rate as the highest and most popular, or close to it.

    The Sandy Hook situation was horrible to everyone involved.
    My sympathies.
    Two weeks prior, I lost a 19 year old very close relative. Sandy Hook compounded my families’ grief

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