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Colleyville Library Launches 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten

Post Date:10/25/2019 11:44 AM

1000 Books Before KinderThe Colleyville Public Library is all about the reading. Just ask us. 

Reading to a child is one of the most important things a parent can do with their children and the Colleyville Public Library is joining forces with the 1,000 Books Foundation to bring this unique opportunity to the whole community.

The Colleyville Library is now part of 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten, a national program which encourages parents to read 1,000 books with their child before they walk through the kindergarten doors. Yes, that means from newborn to infant to toddler (and preschooler.)

Sound daunting?  Don't sweat it.  If a parent or caregiver were to read just one book a day with their child, they would have read 365 books in one year.  In two years, that number would be 730, and 1,095 books read in three years.  Given the scenario that the average child starts kindergarten at about age 5, there is more than plenty of time to reach the 1,000 books goal.

And, it is never too late to begin!  Have a four-year-old? Not a problem. If you read 10 books a week with your child that would be 520 books in one year. In two years, that’s 1,040! 

The program is simple and easy to do. Parents can read any book to their child anytime, anywhere. You can even repeat the books. Parents can record their reading on the logs provided or the 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten app. Any time a book is read with or to your child, it counts.

The Colleyville Library is launching the 1,000 book challenge October 28 and is encouraging parents to sign up for the program. The program is free to the community and includes a Family Reading Starter Pack filled with ideas, book suggestions, reading logs, and prize levels.

For every 100 books read, parents can bring their logs in for a photo opportunity for their child. In addition, the child will receive lots of encouragement from our Youth Services Librarian and staff. As parents and children progresses through the levels, rewards are available to children including the 100-level prize of a ‘Book Buddy.’ Other level rewards include plush animals, sports balls, playful rubber ducks, and a variety of other prizes.

When parents and children reach 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten, the child will receive a commemorative t-shirt, Achievement Certificate, photo, and an invitation to the Library’s graduation ceremony to be held every Spring.

For more information or to sign your child up for the 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten program, contact the Library at 817.503.1150.

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