Current Project: 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten

The Daniel Boone Regional Library is introducing a new program, 1,000 Books before Kindergarten, and the Daniel Boone Regional Library Foundation, through you, would like to help. Studies have shown that families who start reading aloud to their children at birth help strengthen language skills and build vocabulary–two important tools when children begin learning to read.

“She was very excited to read everyday to make sure she got her books in. I was no longer pushing reading—she was. Thank you.” – mother of a participant from the St. Louis area

girl holding the Daniel Boone Regional Library's 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten backpackThe 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten program is designed to promote reading to newborns, infants and toddlers and to encourage parent and child bonding through reading. Children ages birth to five can participate. Parents are given a reading log to track the books they read with their children, and completing the goal will take from a few months to a few years, depending on how often a family reads together.

To encourage participants to continue reading, children earn rewards after every 100 books read. At the beginning, they are given a backpack. As they progress, readers earn books, stickers or a stuffed reading buddy. Families who complete the challenge receive a kindergarten starter kit that will include a hardback picture dictionary. Funds raised by the DBRL Foundation will be used for these reading incentives and also for outreach materials to let parents know about the program.

Reading as a family is fun and creates lifelong memories. With your help, the Daniel Boone Regional Library Foundation wants to help put children on the right track for school readiness and lifelong learning. Your gift will help provide the motivation needed to participate in this program, and will enhance many other effective library programs.

A parent from another library district wrote, “Great program. This really helped [my son] and he has excelled at kindergarten this year even though it has been virtual.” Can you help provide the incentive needed to motivate preschool children to read? Your gift will serve the community!