Local library encourages literacy with new program

NEGAUNEE — A local library is promoting literacy by participating in a national program that encourages parental involvement.

1000 Books Before Kindergarten is a national program that challenges parents to read 1000 books with their children before they reach five years old.

The program can be completed in three years if just one book is read every night before bedtime.

Reading aloud to children provides a plethora of benefits during prime developmental stages.

“It’s a way to get them exposed to books at a very young age because that’s so important to help get them ready for school,” said Negaunee Public Library Director Jessica Holman. “It helps build vocabulary, it’s time they can bond with their parents, they learn to recognize words and sounds and it builds language and literacy skills.”

The program kicked off today along with the summer reading programs, which reaches out to a variety of other age groups.

Click here for more information on how to sign-up.