Program to help parents read 1,000 books to kids
Reading 1,000 books may sound like a lofty lifetime accomplishment, but it’s actually an achievable goal for parents who want their children to become lifelong readers.
Two special events in the coming weeks will kick off the library’s effort to encourage parents and caregivers to read that many books to children before they begin kindergarten. Making reading a part of a child’s life will help them become successful students.
“Growing Readers – 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten” begins with special Storytimes at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 21, at the Belt Branch and at 6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 28, at the Savannah Branch. Parents and children will listen to books, do fun activities and receive program packets with reading logs, suggested reading lists and other information.
The program is open to all families with children ages birth to 5. Children will receive prizes when they read 100, 300, 500, 700, 900 and 1,000 books – and that includes counting books more than once and books that children hear at library Storytimes.
“It’s a way to keep parents reading in a consistent manner to kids,” Savannah Branch manager Saundra Keiffer says. “Kids need to develop pre-reading skills and the best way to do that is through practice.”
Reading to young children teaches them how to recognize letters and words and also how to sit still and listen in a school setting, Keiffer said. Research shows that the most reliable predictor of school success is being read to during early childhood.