We’re having a special event to kick-off a brand new early literacy program at the library. The library is hosting a Community-Wide Baby Shower for expectant and new parents (anyone with babies less than two years old). There will be gifts and refreshments!
I am excited to announce that we will soon be offering a brand new reading program at Fayette County Public Library. The program is called, Very Ready to Read: 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten. We are one of many libraries that offer the 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten program, which was started in Bremen, Indiana. The program is meant to encourage early literacy or pre-reading skills.
This free library reading program is being made possible with a grant from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services, administered by the Indiana State Library, and through our partnership with the Fayette County Foundation. It encourages parents to read 1000 books to children before they enter Kindergarten. When you, as a parent, read to your child, you help him or her develop the skills s/he will need to learn to read by himself or herself.
One of the best ways to encourage pre-reading skills is to spend time sharing books each and every day. Reading provides a solid foundation — a key to school and learning success.
Our version will rely heavily on our use of the Very Ready to Read early literacy program, as well as the American Library Association’s Every Child Ready to Read program. We will also be offering parents an opportunity to encourage children to use e-readers as one way to gain those pre-reading skills. One of our new resources is called Tumblebooks. It will be accessible from our website. Tumblebooks is a wonderful collection of interactive online picture books. We will also be purchasing an additional AWE early literacy computer station. Any books shared from either of these resources will count for the 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten program.
Babies up to children not yet enrolled in kindergarten are eligible to participate. Stop by the library to receive your free bookbag containing a folder to hold your reading logs, along with a bookmark and book lists of suggested reading.
As you read, your child will receive a prize for each 100 books. When you reach the 500 mark, your child will receive a paperback book, or a board book. Once your child completes the program, your child will receive a hardcover book, a special memento, and a place in the 1000 Books Before Kindergarten Scrapbook, not to mention a wonderful start to success in school.
For more information contact Kim, Melissa or Anne Marie at 765-827-0883.