ALGONQUIN – Since its launch seven months ago, 370 preschool-age children have enrolled in the 1,001 Books Before Kindergarten program hosted by Algonquin Area Public Library District .
The first 10 graduates will be honored at 11 a.m. Thursday with a ceremony, diploma, prizes and the addition of their photos to the Library’s Wall of Stars.
“What these young kids have accomplished is so valuable. They listen and hear language, and by kindergarten, most of them are already readers,” Youth Services Librarian Tara Kazda said in a news release. “Between parental encouragement, library storytime and the 1,001 Books program, preschoolers have the building blocks in place for literacy. They soak it up like a sponge.”
Children can begin the program anytime throughout the year. Interested parents must be an Algonquin Area Public Library cardholder, and the child should not yet be a kindergarten student. Children earn prizes at every 100-books milestone.
The library's Youth Services team will suggest titles for parents to read with a child, but the guiding principle is that the books should be ones the child enjoys; even if a child wants to hear the same story several times. Each time it’s read, it counts toward the 1,001 books goal. Reading just three books a day for one year will allow a child to exceed the total required.
For information about the 1,001 Books Before Kindergarten program, visit www.aapld.org or call 847-458-6060.