The “One Thousand Books Before Kindergarten” program kicked off at the beginning of this month. The new initiative challenges children to read one thousand books before entering kindergarten, with the help of their parents.
“Kids are born ready to read and the more they read the more comfortable they’ll be with books and learning, and then more ready they’ll be when they go into regular school to be prepared to read independently and to do all the other aspects of learning-because everything you learn will require you to read something,” said Ellen Norton, Children Services Supervisor at the Naperville Public Library.
Children will be given a sticker for every 100 books read, and the DuPage Children’s Museum will donate a prize for every 500 books read. Eventually, if the 1,000 book goal is met, your child’s name will be put on a bookplate and entered in a book that will be added to the library’s collection.
The program is open to any child eligible for a Naperville Public Library card, from birth to before entering kindergarten.
Families can pick-up a packet of information at the children’s services desk at any three library locations.
Naperville News 17’s Alyssa Bochenek reports.
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