Three graduate from preschool literacy program
Courtesy of Rhinelander District Library
The Children’s Department of the Rhinelander District Library recently implemented a nationwide program called 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten. The program is aimed at preschool children in an early literacy push to help prepare kids for their school experience.
When parents brings their preschooler in and sign them up, they get a folder with a free book, a reading log and some early literacy information. As the parent and child read together, they record the book titles. For every 100 books read—repeat readings count—there is an incentive that the kids can choose from. They also receive a prize when they complete the 1,000 books. Time frames vary in how long it takes to complete the program.
In January, associate librarian Denise Chojnacki participated in an online early literacy course through UW-Madison. Upon completion of that course, the library became eligible for a grant to help implement an early literacy initiative. They chose the 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten program, which is a nationwide program, but Wisconsin has a generous showing of libraries that participate in it compared to other areas.
Within the last week there have been several graduates from the program, which started in May. Isabelle Welch, was the first to graduate, followed closely by Pixianna and Aurora Zoncki.
For more information on this and other library programs, please contact the library at 715-365-1070 Ext. 2.