Warren Public Library’s “1000 Books Before Kindergarten” program encourages families to read 1000 books with their children before they begin kindergarten. Numerous studies estimate that as many as one in five children have difficulties learning to read. Reading has been associated as an early indicator of academic success. Public formal education does not typically start until ages 5-6. Before then, parents and caregivers are the first education providers during the 0-5 early critical years. The 1000 Books Before Kindergarten challenge is a simple (read a book, any book to your child, with the goal of reading 1,000 before kindergarten) and very manageable endeavor.
Parents can stop by any Warren Public Library branch to receive a packet of information to keep track of the books that they read to their child. Participants will earn special incentives along the way as they work towards the goal of 1000 books, such as a tote bag, free book, and stickers. Children who complete the program will receive an award certificate and get to add their name to the “Wall of Readers.”