1,000 Books Before Kindergarten
The Lee County Library System has enhanced its early literacy services with the redesign and relaunch of the 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten program and the addition of a website section specifically for families with young children.
These efforts come as educators nationwide look for opportunities to reach young children before they enter kindergarten. The additional library services complement the library system’s diverse collection of books and resources for young children while providing support to parents and caregivers as they navigate their child’s first years.
“The 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten program is more than a reading log,” said Amy-Jane McWilliam, youth services coordinator. “As a parent tracks the books they read with their child, they also learn about the five early literacy practices of reading, writing, singing, playing and talking and the significance these practices have in their child’s start to school.”
The website for Early Literacy programs for children up to age 5, is www.leelibrary.net/prek or parents may visit any Lee County Library System location. Families with children up to age 5 who have not started kindergarten can participate. The program is flexible and self-paced.
The program provides examples of simple family activities to encourage the development of pre-reading and writing skills. As children progress through the 1,000 Books program, they will receive rewards like stickers, books, musical instruments and bubble wands.
It takes just a minute to get set up and every child that registers receives a free book and sticker.
The Lee County Library System has 13 branches to serve Lee County residents. For more info about other library services and programs offered, visit www.leelibrary.net.