A New Initiative @ the Library Gets Kids Ready to Read
Research shows that reading aloud to children is the single most important thing you can do to help them prepare for reading and learning.
That’s why the Lackawanna County Library System has launched an initiative for 2020 to help families reach the goal of reading at least 1,000 books to their children before they start school.
It sounds like a big number, but it’s quite easy to reach it. If you set aside time to read to your child every day, and you read only one book each day, you will achieve the goal in less than three years. Children’s books are short, and children love to hear stories, so it’s likely that you will read more than one book in a sitting. Repetition is fine. Children love to hear their favorite stories over and over, and each reading counts.
Lackawanna County libraries have large collections of children’s books to choose from and children’s librarians to help you choose the ones that are appropriate for your child as he or she grows toward school age.
Register for “1000 Books Before Kindergarten” at any Lackawanna County library. Make library visits part of your routine to choose reading material and to attend library story times with your children. The books they hear at the library count, too.
The more books they hear, the better prepared they will be when they start school.