On a cold, dark night in January of 2013, Seneca Free Library kicked off the 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten program. The idea for this program came to us a year or so earlier. Staff member Dee Lizzol spent a lot of time working out the details and planning the kick off party. The weather did not cooperate and kept a lot of people from attending that night. Word got out and we soon had more children signed up than we had cars to put them in! By the end of the year we had 90 children signed up, their families committed to reading to their children regularly.
There is no closing date for this program at this time. The only “time limitation” for the program is before your child reaches kindergarten. You can still sign children up or continue reading and counting books for children already enrolled. What better time to resolve to “restart you engines” and make this a priority again than the new year. Cold winter evenings are a great time to snuggle together under a blanket for reading.
Any book your young child listens to counts. It can be 1,000 different books or one book 1,000 times. Siblings, care givers, teachers, grandparents and parents, it doesn’t matter who reads to them, if your child is listening, remember to mark the calendar. Our goal is to instill a love of reading and to prepare them for success in school and beyond.