Alpena County Library offers 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten program

Thanks to a generous grant through the Women’s Giving Circle of the Community Foundation for Northeast Michigan, Alpena County Library is participating in the national 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten program, a new early literacy program designed to give babies and toddlers the best start possible on lifelong reading and learning skills.

The 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten program is easy-to-follow and designed to help parents and children get in the habit of reading on a regular basis and to improve all-too-important language skills before they enter kindergarten.

If the goal of reading 1,000 books sounds daunting, it shouldn’t. If a parent or caregiver reads one book a day to their child, that’s 365 books read. By year three, the child will have read 1,095 books. The level of 1,000 books is based on current research emphasizing that reading to babies and toddlers builds critical language and social emotional skills.

Folders with easy to follow instructions and reading logs can be picked up at the library during regular hours and each child can receive small prizes when they reach certain benchmarks like stickers and bookmarks.

For more information, contact the library at 356-6188. Free read tracking apps and printable reading logs are also available at www.1000booksbeforekindergarten.org.