1000 Books Before Kindergarten
The Iredell County Public Library Library is launching a new program for young children, parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, older brother and sisters; really, everyone! The program is called 1000 Books Before Kindergarten.
The goal of the program is for each child to read or hear 1000 books before starting kindergarten. This will be an ongoing program, so families can work at their own pace. While 1000 books may seem like a lot, it is easier than it sounds. If a parent reads at least 3 stories a day with their child, they would finish in less than a year. Furthermore, parents do not have to read 1000 separate books. Every time a book is read it counts. If you read the same book 5 times, you can count that as 5 books read.
Early literacy development is something that is very important to the Iredell County Public Library. Program Coordinator, Kelli Goodwin, is especially passionate about advocating for families to begin reading to their children from infancy. Her love for early literacy began in college where she studied education. “A required book for one of my classes was Reading Magic by Mem Fox. That book changed my complete outlook on the subject. After countless hours of research and spending time with children in the classroom, it became very apparent to me just how important early literacy is. By spending a little bit of time reading with their children each day, parents can make an enormous impact on their child’s future. Early literacy skills are not only related to reading, but success in all subjects throughout their entire school career and adulthood. It also helps create positive relationships between family members by spending that quality time together.”
After learning about 1000 Books Before Kindergarten, Goodwin knew this was something that needed to be started in Iredell county. The program originated in 2014 at the Bremen Public Library in Bremen, Indiana. Since then, libraries all over the country have created their own versions. Since November, Goodwin has contacted other libraries for advice and has designed this program to be as easy as possible for local families. “It is as simple as filling in a bubble every time you read a book. Each book log has 100 bubbles. Once those are all colored in, families return to the library to pick up their next log and a small incentive for reaching that milestone. I’ve also designed a train that will hang in our program room that the children will put a sticker on each time they read 100 books. It’s a great way to show everyone how far our children are coming.”
For more information on this program, stop in to any Iredell County Public Library, or call (704) 878-3097.