Last April, we launched our 1000 Books Before Kindergarten program. Today, I am proud to say that 15,700 books have been read to children in our community through this program! We have also had eight children complete the program this year! I am so proud of all of our participants!
The best part is, this is only the beginning! 1000 B4K is an ongoing program, so if you haven’t started yet it’s not too late. Just visit one of our four branches and ask at the desk. You’ll receive a welcome letter that explains the whole process and your first book log. After that, just read books with your child and record them on the log. When you fill up the first log, bring it back to the library and we will give you a sticker and an animal to put up on the barn. You’ll also receive the next level log. Read and repeat until you and your child reach the milestone of 1,000 books! If you read just three books a day you can achieve this goal in under a year!
Why read aloud? Here is a fantastic quote from Jim Trelease, author of The Read-Aloud Handbook, that about sums it up: