Thousand Books 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten Comes to KPL

The Kendallville Public Library is kicking off a new program for Preschoolers: 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten.  It’s easy for preschoolers and their parents to participate. They just stop in the library, sign up and check out one of the 100 bags, each including 10 books. Together they read the books inside and complete a fun activity, and repeat until they’ve read 1,000 books! 

There are lots of reasons why reading 1,000 books before Kindergarten is important:

· Reading and providing a text-rich environment at home before entering school increases reading readiness.
· Vocabulary can be developed by sharing books. 

· Building vocabulary and adding to a word bank is of the utmost importance for being ready to read.
· Making sure early reading experiences and activities are fun will contribute to the prevention of reading difficulties in school.  

· Positive home and library experiences with reading and reading activities ensure positive attitudes for reading once a child is in school. 

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. By completing the enriching activities tailored to each of the 100 bags and its theme, families can have fun and extend the positive impact the program has on children.

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. A child’s progress will be charted in “schools” of fish in the library, for each 100 book goal completed. Children will receive prizes as they progress through the program.

The Kendallville Public Library thanks the Lemmon-Rupert Fund and the Noble County Community Foundation for making this program possible.