Otterbein Public Library Introduces 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten (1KB4K)
“I didn’t realize how quickly (the first 100 books) would happen, but my family recognizes that we all play a role in raining her, so everybody was on board,” stated mom R’Shelle Dunne, member of Michigan’s Kent District Library.
The Otterbein Public Library presents 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten (1KB4K) for area residents. All children, babies through kindergarten, are encouraged to participate in the program. It is designed to prepare kids for school. The American Academy of Pediatrics promotes reading aloud to children daily, beginning in infancy.
Families can visit the library to register for the program. Each child will receive an animal chart titled “100 book page” to track the books being read to the child. After the child has listened to or helped read 100 books, they will receive a sticker and have their name added to the Wall of Fame Poster in the Children’s section. It only takes 10 pages to reach the goal! Those who reach 1,000 books will receive a library tote bag and a certificate of achievement.
While reading 1,000 books may sound overwhelming, children can easily reach this goal by reading 3 or more books a day for a year, or 1 book a day for 3 years. Books read by parents, grandparents, siblings, and loved ones all count towards the child’s goal. You will be pleasantly surprised how quickly the numbers add up! Even books read during StoryTime, Tuesday’s at 10:30am, and Summer Reading Program count.
The program will run continuously, so there is no deadline to get signed up nor time frame required. Reaching a 1,000 books before Kindergarten will ensure your child’s readiness for school and life. It is never too early to make reading a priority.
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