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Posted on: February 16, 2016

Multi-year Reading Program Prepares Kids for Kindergarten

Multi-year Reading Program Prepares Kids for Kindergarten

February 16, 2016 (Helena, MT)—The more you read, the more things you will know. The more you learn, the more places you'll go! Dr. Seuss was right, kids go places when they read. Start first by reading to them. Join our free 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten Club at your Lewis & Clark Library. Read stories, earn rewards, and help prepare your child for kindergarten.

It’s easy to do: simply read books to your youngsters and keep track on the log sheet provided. Read just 3 stories a day and you'll read a thousand books a year. The best part is that this is a multi-year program where every family reads at their own pace, and it doesn’t matter if your child likes to hear the same book multiple times, it still counts as reading aloud time.

Youth Services Librarian Marissa Bazan explains that 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten “encourages reading aloud to children, from birth through age 5, to prepare them for school and beyond. Once parents and children reach certain goals, we reward them with incentives. When families reach 1000 books, we will celebrate with a party!”

Every child who signs up receives a free drawstring backpack and a folder of goodies for their grownup that includes program instructions, reading log sheets, and incentives.
Sign-up begins February 2016. This club has no end date except for preparing children for school. Families do not need to feel rushed, just enjoy the experience.

You can sign up at any of Your Lewis & Clark Library Branches in Helena, Augusta, East Helena, Lincoln, and on the Bookmobile! For more information log onto and Remember, There’s Always Something Going on @ Your Lewis & Clark Library!

Frequently Asked Questions from
Can you really expect to read 1000 books to your child before kindergarten?
If you read only one bedtime story every night for three years you will have read 1095!
If you read 10 books each week for two years, you will have read 1040.
Double that rate to do 1000 books in one year.
You can begin much earlier though, when your child is an infant!
I read the same story every night to my child. Can I count that book more than once? Yes!
Children love to hear their favorite books read over and over again. Repeated readings help young children master the storyline, ideas, and language of a story.
I have more than one child I read to. Can I count the same title for each child?
Of course you can! And if one of your older children reads to their sibling, you can count that also.
Can I count books that are read at Story Time?
Yes, just ask for the titles.

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