The Orland Free Library is proud to announce that they have joined the 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten program. This is a free national program that encourages parents and caregivers to read 1,000 books with their child before they begin kindergarten.
Does it sound hard? Not really if you think about it. If you read just one book a night, you will have read 365 books in a year. That is 730 books in two years and 1,095 books in three years. If you consider that most children start kindergarten at around 5 years of age, you have more time than you think. Studies have shown that reading with your child provides a great opportunity for bonding. Reading together is fun and will create life-long memories for both of you.
To register for this free program come to the Orland Free Library during one of their regularly scheduled storytimes. Preschool storytime is held every Wednesday at 11 a.m. and baby storytime is every Thursday at 11 a.m. When you sign up you will receive your first reading log. Use this reading log to keep track of the books that are read to your child. After every 100 books that you have read (a completed reading log), bring your child’s reading log to the library to celebrate his or her accomplishment. Your child will receive a sticker, a prize, and a new reading log for the next 100 books. Once you and your child reach 1,000 books your child will receive a free book and a certificate of completion! For more information about this program, please contact Rachael Gridley, Youth Services Librarian at 865-1640.