Read for Kindergarten Readiness!

thousand books.jpgThe Kendallville Public Library's 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten initiative has helped dozens of families read to get ready for school. We have 100 themed book bags filled with 10 books each, plus activities to help your kids grow and learn.

If you're already part of the 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten initiative, then you've probably noticed the whole new look to the activity sheets. We've given them a facelift, as well as added new projects and activities to help prepare your kids for school. You may spot some new books here and there, too!

If you haven't been part of this program, now is a great time to get started. Just stop in the library, sign up and check out one of the 100 bags, each including 10 books. With your preschooler, read the books inside and give the activities a try. Read and repeat through all 1,000 books!

Is 1,000 books a magic number? No, not really. One thousand books is a manageable goal, set after studying research that suggests amazing benefits for those who read for just 20 minutes a day. Broken down, the program can be done by reading 3 books a day for a year - or stretched out over two years. It's challenging, but achievable. Children will celebrate milestones as they progress through the program.