Loudoun County, VA (September 11, 2015) – To ensure that Loudoun’s children enter kindergarten ready to learn, Loudoun County Public Library is launching the “1000 Books Before Kindergarten” program this fall.
The program encourages Loudoun families and caregivers to read 1,000 books with their young children before they begin kindergarten. Studies show that reading aloud to children from birth helps strengthen language skills and build vocabulary – two important tools for kindergarten readiness.
The initiative will kick off in all library branches on Saturday, Sept. 12, from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Library staff will be available all day to sign up parents and caregivers, and provide reading logs to track their progress.
At Rust Library in Leesburg, Mother Goose Storytime will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., and a comedy- magic show, “Little Bunny’s Magic Tales,” is slated for Lovettsville Library at 11 a.m. and Ashburn Library at 2 p.m.
To keep families motivated, there are rewards at the 100, 500, and 1000-book levels. Perhaps the best reward, however, is the impact on children’s futures. Early language and literacy development begins in the first three years of life and is closely linked to a child’s earliest experiences with books and stories. Spending time reading to children in the early years shapes young brains, developing the building blocks for language, reading, and writing.
Library staff will help parents and caregivers choose books for appropriate ages. In addition, the Library is introducing a new free online service this fall – Beanstack — that offers personalized book recommendations tailored to a child’s age, interests, and reading level, along with learning tips to help parents and caregivers.
This program is sponsored by the Loudoun Library Foundation. For more information, visit one of Loudoun County Public Library’s eight branch locations on September 12, or visit llibrary.loudoun.gov/