New Program to Promote Early Literacy Skills Offered at Anderson-Lee Library

The Anderson-Lee Library, located in Silver Creek, is now offering the 1000 Books Before Kindergarten program for families with children who have not yet entered Kindergarten.  Every child needs to have certain early literacy skills in place before they start school to help them be successful when they begin to learn to read.  These skills range from showing an interest in books and how to turn the pages to being able to discuss and retell the story of a book.  Parents are the key to their child gaining these skills.  You are your child’s first teacher!  The U.S. Department of Education states that, “The single most important activity for building the knowledge required for eventual success in reading is reading aloud to children.”

To participate, a parent or caregiver commits to reading 1000 books to their child before they enter kindergarten (rereading books count!).  Then, visit Anderson-Lee Library to register your child and receive a “Read to Me” bag with instructions and tally sheets to begin counting the books you read.  As each sheet of 100 books is finished, bring the sheet to the library and put an apple sticker on the library’s reading tree poster to mark your accomplishment.  Continue reading and talking about the books with your child until you have reached 1000 books or more! Your child is now a step ahead on the path to learning to read.  Once 1000 books have been reached, the library will hold a special recognition for your child.

To register, stop by the library at 43 Main Street during open hours.  For more information, please call the library at 934-3468.

The mission of the Anderson-Lee Library is to advance the quality of life in the communities we serve by providing access to information resources, staff, facilities, and services geared to patrons’ needs and interests. The library assists users of all ages by developing its collections, and providing services and programs that support the pursuit of knowledge and the development of the individual’s full potential.

“If parents understood the huge educational benefits and intense happiness brought by reading aloud to their children, and if every parent-and every adult caring for a child-read aloud a minimum of three stories a day to the children in their lives, we could probably wipe out illiteracy within one generation.”  – Mem Fox, Reading Magic

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