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1000 Books Before Kindergarten registration and storytimes at Thomas and Hageman

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Numerous studies 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.



Posted 9/5/2018




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