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About this collection

This digital collection will provide an overview and a general history of the 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten program as launched by the Wells County Public Library and its Children's Department.

What is the 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten program?

Started in 2011, this program is a way for the library to help support parents as they prepare their child for school.  Many research studies show that mental development and literacy start from birth, so much in advance of any formal education!  This program provides support for that development by encouraging parents to read to their children and providing information on developmental stages.  Children feel accomplished as they receive each new set of pages and a prize, and then can feel proud of themselves when they are celebrated both in the library and in an annual parade once they read 1,000 books!

This database is to chronicle the success this program has seen and will continue to see.  Participation and completion rates are high, and librarians have seen families and community members become engaged in rearing up a new generation of life-long learners.  Other libraries in the area have asked how we conduct the program, so presentation materials are included.  New parents may also benefit from seeing these materials by gaining an insight into the program, and we highly encourage these parents to stop by the Main library or the Ossian branch and ask a librarian inside!

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