The St. Joseph County Public Library has just joined the ‘1000 Books Before Kindergarten,’ a nationwide literacy and school readiness program.
1000 Books Before Kindergarten is a pretty simple concept. Parents track each book they read to their young children with the goal of reading at least 1000 books before they start school.
That breaks down to just over one book every two days for five years.
Theresa Horn is the Youth Services Manager at SJCPL.
“This is just a way to kind of remind them early on that this should start, basically as soon as they’re born, you can start reading and working on this. And it’s not meant to be a chore or something that’s difficult but just something that you should keep in mind and keep working on as your child grows.”
Horn says the program was actually started at Bremen Public Library. St. Joe County launched their program March first.
Any parent can sign up their child and logs can be kept online or on paper.