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Kalamazoo Public Library Launches 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten

Feb 10, 2014 11:37:25 AM


Kalamazoo, MI –

Learning to read begins long before a child starts kindergarten. Reading to your children is the best way to prepare them for school and beyond. Kalamazoo Public Library launched a new program geared towards children ages birth through just entering kindergarten: 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten.

Child experts agree that reading to your child starting at birth dramatically increases their vocabulary and cognitive growth, and sets them on a solid path of lifelong literacy. Early literacy is key to a successful future. The goal of this program is to share 1,000 books with your child during their early years. Sharing a book includes reading, singing, or even just talking about the pictures in a book with your child.  Any child from birth to entering kindergarten can participate in this self-paced, early literacy program. 

To get started, sign up at any KPL location and receive your first 1,000 Books reading log, or you can download one at Record each book that you share on the log. For every 50 books read, bring the completed reading log to any KPL location to collect a prize. When 1,000 books recorded is reached, participants will receive a gift from the library and a certificate of completion in the program. 

A Kalamazoo Public Library card is not required to participate in this program. However, if participants wish to check out reading materials from a KPL location, they will need to sign up for a KPL card. 

For more information, please visit 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten is sponsored by an Early Childhood Reading grant from Target

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