I am so excited to announce that the Lee County Library is launching its very own 1000 Books Before Kindergarten Club! This program has been hugely successful at other libraries, and I can’t wait to see it flourish in our community!
What is it?
1000 Books Before Kindergarten (or 1000 Books B4K) is an initiative to encourage parents and caregivers of very young children to read aloud to their children regularly.
Why should I read aloud to my child? He/she doesn’t seem to be listening and can’t even talk yet!
I have taken to this saying: Read early, read often, and make it fun! Children, even very young children, are capable of an astounding level of learning. All we have to do is provide them with the stimuli to build that wiring in their brains! For example, having a broad vocabulary has been linked to later success in reading. Children who have been read to hear many more uncommon words than children who are not read to. Having heard word at an early age and understood it within the context of a story makes it much easier for that child to read the word later on! And don’t worry that your child isn’t sitting still–he/she is ALWAYS listening to you and learning from you!
1000 books sounds like a lot! I just don’t think I can do it.
Did you know that by reading just 3 books a day, you can exceed this goal in just one year?!? And it only takes about 20 minutes! My daughter (now 5) and I have read together every night since she was a baby. It is a great way for us to reconnect at the end of a busy day, and we both look forward to it!
Just come to any of our four Lee County Library branches. We will give you a welcome letter and the first book log. Our theme is Old Macdonald had a Farm, so each of the 10 levels is represented by a different farm animal. Each log has 100 spaces for books you have read with your child. If you read the same book multiple times, go ahead and count it! If your child hears books at library storytime or at daycare, count that too!
Simply bring your completed log into one of our branches. Your child will receive a sticker reflecting what level of the program he/she has completed and will be invited to place his/her name on a farm animal for our display (see picture at the top of this post).
Is there a time limit on the program? What happens when we finish?
Although it is possible to finish the program within one year, it is not necessary to do so. Please feel free to go at your own pace–just be sure to finish before your child enters kindergarten. When you finish, your child will receive a special certificate and all of his/her completed log pages. Plus, you will feel great knowing that you have given your child a jumpstart on success at school!
1000 Books Before Kindergarten is sponsored by the Lee County Library. It is free to join. If you have any questions, please call 759-2369.