Like a 1,000 piece jigsaw puzzle becomes clearer one piece at a time, every book read to a toddler/preschooler creates a picture of a kindergartner who loves reading. The Findlay Hancock County Public Library offers a “1000 Books Before Kindergarten” program to promote family reading. The program currently has 211 children enrolled, according to Brittany Lutes, children’s services manager at the library.
Long before they can spell “literacy”
Along with parents and caregivers as the first education providers, the program’s first objective is to promote reading to newborns, infants and toddlers. The second objective is to encourage parent and child bonding through the act of reading.
Brittany adds, “One of my favorite things about the 1000 books program is the opportunity to instill a lifelong love of reading in young children. Kids who participate in the program get really excited when they report their books read. We make a big deal of it because reading 100 books is amazing! And every 100 after that is amazing as well. We express to those kids how special that accomplishment is and they feel good about it.”
Paper or paperless
Anyone interested in joining the program can visit the library to sign up with a simple form. Two options exist for tracking books read: writing titles down on printed record sheets, available at the library, or by downloading the “1000 Books Before Kindergarten App” and scanning books into the app library. The app is available for both android and iphone devices at 1000booksbeforekindergarten.org.
A public testament to the joy of reading
Families may report to the library for every 100 book milestone. “They can pick out a prize and get their picture taken to show off their accomplishments,” explains Brittany. A wall of smiling faces is displayed at the library as a means of tracking progress, including a couple of faces of children who have personally decided to make 2,000 their new goal.
For more information contact Brittany Lutes at
419-434-1484 or visit the “Kids”
dropdown menu at the findlaylibrary.org.