(KYTX) - The Tyler Public Library announces the launch of their "1,000 Books Before Kindergarten" program, or "1KB4K", a fun and exciting reading program for children ages 0-5 years. This program was developed to increase awareness of the importance of early literacy as well as encourage parents to embrace their role as their child's first teacher.
The 1KB4K program is an early literacy effort aimed at encouraging families to read at least 1,000 books to their preschooler, birth to age 5, before they enter school. Families can sign up beginning Monday, Jan. 6, 2014 at the Library's information desk.
Each family will receive a folder with pages to record the books they read. Each time a goal of recording 100 books is reached, families are encouraged to bring their folder to the Library to have their accomplishment recorded on our "Reading Tree," a decoration in the Library story room. At each stage of the program, families will add different colored leaves, fruit and animals to the tree to show their accomplishments. The family will receive a "1KB4K" book bag after completing the first 100 books.
"Reading aloud to your preschool children helps them start school ready to learn," says Youth Services Librarian Linda Gray. "Reading is one of the most important things you can do to ensure your child's success when they begin school. It also provides an opportunity to increase their exposure to a wide variety of books and promotes use of the Library."
Children may read books from home or the Library, and any book read aloud to a child counts. In addition, if your family reads a book more than once, it counts as an additional book read.
"We want this to be a fun program that enriches our children and families along the way," says Mrs. Gray.
For more information about this and other Library programs, please go to www.TylerLibrary.com or call (903) 593-7323. The Library is located at 201 S. College Ave. in Downtown Tyler.