Library has a ‘grand’ idea to open early education with reading

Tulare County Library partners with the 1,000 Book Foundation to help increase literacy for kids 0 to 5 years old before kindergarten

TULARE COUNTY – Getting kids to crack open a book can be a chore, but getting kids and parents to read 1,000 books is a down right challenge. And that’s a challenge the Tulare County Library is offering for kids 0 to 5 years old as an effort to help increase literacy here at home.

According to the library, reading aloud helps children develop early literacy skills and a love for reading which helps to prepare them for kindergarten. Simply reading can help a child learn reading skills, form good habits and routines, and create lasting memories.

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The 1,000 Books Foundation is operated exclusively for charitable, literary and educational purposes. The objectives of this organization are: to promote reading to newborns, infants, and toddlers and encourage parent and child bonding through reading. Their goal is to provide a simple, innovative yet fun approach to establishing strong early literacy skills.

Getting through 1,000 books might be easier than you think. If you read one book per night for three years, you will have read 1,095 books. If you read three books a day, you will reach 1,000 books in less than a year.

Reading has been associated as an early indicator of academic success. Children don’t receive formal education until the age of 5 or 6. Before then, parents or any caregiver are the first education provided during the 0 to 5 years.

Hundreds of libraries have started 1000 Books Before Kindergarten programs. This program is available in all libraries from Porterville to Visalia.

Visalia Branch Library will have reading logs available for children to track the amount of books they’ve read as the year goes on. Another way of tracking books is by using Beanstack tularecountylibrary.beanstack.com/reader365. This is a virtual way to track completed books via smartphone or computers.

Tulare County Library serves all the citizens of Tulare County with locations in 17 communities, four book machines, two adult literacy centers, a pop up bookmobile and with online resources at www.tularecountylibrary.org.

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