Congratulations, 1000 Books before Kindergarten Graduates!

File_000Congratulations, Graduates!

Today we celebrated the achievements of Handley Regional Library’s 1000 Books before Kindergarten (1000 Books b4 K) graduates at Bowman Library.  All were welcome to the graduation ceremony, where the attendees were treated to a puppet show by our teen volunteers, stories, songs, fingerplays, and refreshments.

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The 1000 Books b4 K program helps empowers parents and caregivers to set a challenge goal for themselves – to read 1,000 books before their children start Kindergarten.  For those who want to enter the program closer to their entry into Kindergarten, the program also has a 400 books challenge goal.   Throughout the program, children receive small incentives as they advance through the program, culminating in the graduation party celebration.  Parents and caregivers are also given tracking sheets with literacy tips, empowering them with the knowledge that simple, everyday things they can do (and may already be doing) can greatly impact their children’s early literacy skills.  These skills help children be ready for Kindergarten and make the transition smoother and easier for them.

You can sign up anywhere from infancy until your child starts Kindergarten.  Just see one of our Youth Services staff members at any of our 3 library branches, Bowman Library in Stephens City, Clarke County Library in Berryville, and Handley Library in Winchester.

To learn more about the program, please visit Handley Regional Library’s page about this program: 1,000 Books before Kindergarten Reading Program.

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