Jeremy Romig completed the 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten program in October.
The Barberton Public Library provides a special program for preschool children and their parents called 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten.
The program’s goal to encourage reading to infants, toddlers, and preschool children by parents and caregivers. The goal is for children to have read 1,000 books before they enter kindergarten. This might sound like an overwhelming number, but a parent who reads just one book a day to his or her child will have read 365 books in one year, 730 books in two years, and 1,095 books in three years. Books that are read to the child at daycare or preschool count, and the same book can be read to the child multiple times.
When a parent signs their child up for this program, they receive a folder and a log sheet to keep track of their reading. Every time the child completes 100 books, a sticker is received for their folder and a new reading sheet. The child will also be able to add a sticker to reading birds that are displayed in the children’s department. Children also will receive other incentives along the way, including a Three Little Pigs flannel board story, animal finger puppets, and a book. Upon completion of the program, children will receive a certificate.
The program was made possible by a generous gift from the Friends of the Barberton Public Library. Since the program began in the spring of 2016, over 300 preschool children have signed up for the program. Fifteen children have reached the 1,000 book level since the program’s inception. For information about the program or to sign up, stop by the Children’s Department any time.