estimate that as many as one in five children have difficulties learning to
read. Reading has long been associated as an early indicator of academic
success. To support early literacy, Westchester Public Library is offering a
new, ongoing program called 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten. This program is
for newborns to five-year-old children.
WPL will be hosting
two storytimes on Saturday, September 8, to introduce the program to the
community. Bring your children to the Thomas Branch at 10 a.m., or the
Hageman Branch at 3 p.m., to listen to stories, make edible, gluten-free,
rainbow play-dough, and register for a reading logbook to start the journey
toward 1,000 Books.
The objectives of
this program are to promote reading to newborns, infants, and toddlers, and
to encourage parent and child bonding through reading. Public formal
education does not typically start until ages 5-6. Before then, parents and
caregivers are the first education providers during the 0-5 early, critical
years. The 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten challenge was created to help
young children gain the confidence necessary to become strong readers, in a
simple and manageable format for parents.
The Thomas Branch
is located at 200 W. Indiana Ave., Chesterton. For more information call the
Children’s Department at 926-7696.
The Hageman Branch
is located at 100 Francis St., Porter. Call 926-9080 for more information.