ALGONQUIN – Literacy is one of the greatest gifts a parent can give a child, and learning the skills needed for reading and writing begins at infancy into childhood.
Beginning Jan. 7, the Algonquin Area Public Library District will kick off its 1,001 Books Before Kindergarten program.
1,001 Books Before Kindergarten, a reading program for families with children from birth through age 5, was designed to get parents actively involved in reading to their children from birth and help foster a lifelong love of reading as children gain pre-literacy skills.
Parents will be able to register their children for the program with their Algonquin Area Public Library card at the Youth Services Desk beginning Jan. 7.
At registration, information will be given about the program and the library, the children’s collection and recommended reads, early literacy skill and early literacy practices, and a book log for the first 100 titles recorded in 1,001 Books Before Kindergarten.
After each set of 100 books are read and logged, parents and children can return to the Youth Services Desk to pick up a prize and pages for the next 100 books and receive additional information about upcoming programs.
When 1,001 books are reached, the child will get a graduation ceremony, a book, and his or her picture on the library’s wall of stars.
1,001 books read over the years will make reading together a special time and become part of a daily routine. Every time a parent reads a book to a child, it counts in this program, and there will be favorite books children will want to hear over and over again.
Those who sign up during the first week, Jan. 7 to 13, will receive a special registration prize.
An Algonquin Library card is required to register for this program.
For information, call the library at 847-458-6060 or visit www.aapld.org.