The Westbrook Public Library held a 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten graduation ceremony on Wednesday, August 30. The Westbrook Public Library celebrated two graduates from the program. Kari Ourada, Librarian, planned a pizza party along with fun activities and story time. All of the children that participate in the program at the Westbrook Public Library were invited to the graduation party to congratulate the new graduates on a job well done.
The 1000 Books Before Kindergarten program encourages parents to read aloud at least 1000 books with their children before they enter Kindergarten. Children, when registered at a participating library, receive a canvas library bag with artwork on one side and a list of participating libraries on the other side, a reading folder with a reading log, program information and frequently asked questions. Children receive incentive prizes throughout the 1000 book journey and upon completion of the program a graduation party.
The United Way of Southwest Minnesota partners with all sixteen libraries in our service area to provide/execute this worthwhile program. Participating libraries include: Fulda, Westbrook, Slayton, Marshall–Lyon County, Balaton, Cottonwood, Clarkfield, Tyler, Tracy, Minneota, Ivanhoe, Canby, Dawson, Granite Falls, Lake Benton and Hendricks.
Any child from birth until kindergarten can sign up. It will take from a few months to a few years, depending on how many books you read at a time. Developing literacy skills begins at birth and continues throughout the toddler and pre-school years. The best way to ensure a child has the skills necessary to learn to read is having someone read aloud to them.
For more information on 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten call 507-929-2273, visit the United Way website at www.UnitedWaySWMN.org or contact your local library. This program is an initiative of United Way’s Success By 6 efforts which focus on school readiness and early literacy. Additional programming includes: Imagination Library, Wild About Kindergarten school Readiness Kits, Little Red Bookshelf, Wild About Reading summer program and Born Learning Trails.