|Somebody's happy about a new book!|
We knew about the 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten program and thought this would be the perfect way to start our early literacy movement. I was worried that the program name might scare some parents (1,000 books!) so we changed it to "Books Are Magic." I presented a budget to our library foundation committee and they unanimously agreed to fund it. Hooray!
|Free books are always a draw|
Some of the things I like about this program: it is ongoing - runs throughout the year, no due dates, no pressure and everyone reads at their own pace. Some who started in February are on "Step 2" while others are nearing completion. Five children have completed all 10 steps and have "graduated" and six more are almost there!
Each library can create their own rules. We allow children ages birth to five to be signed up. Parents
|Parent + child + book = magic|
Partnerships have been created with our Head Start teachers, 4-K teachers, "Birth to 3" program and we just started a "Little Free Library" at our Health Department.We are thrilled that this has been so well received by parents, grandparents and caregivers, not just in our small community (pop. 1,400) but by all of Price County.
Who knows, in a few years maybe my teen programs will be standing room only!
Jo Hick, Youth Services Librarian
Phillips Public Library, Phillips, WI
Photos provided by the author