Kalamazoo Public Library Launches 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten

Feb 10, 2014 11:37:25 AM

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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 www.kpl.gov/1000books. 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 www.kpl.gov/1000books. 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten is sponsored by an Early Childhood Reading grant from Target

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