The United Way of Southwest Minnesota recently partnered with the Siverson Library in Hendricks to bring the 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten program to children and families of Hendricks. The 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten program encourages parents to read aloud at least 1,000 books with their children before they enter Kindergarten. Children, when registered at a participating library, receive a canvas library bag with artwork on one side and a list of participating libraries on the other side, a reading folder with a reading log, program information and frequently asked questions. Children may receive incentive prizes throughout the 1,000 book journey and upon completion of the program a graduation party.
The United Way of Southwest Minnesota partners with fifteen other libraries in our service area to provide/execute this worthwhile program. Participating libraries include: Fulda, Westbrook, Slayton, Marshall–Lyon County, Balaton, Cottonwood, Clarkfield, Tyler, Tracy, Minneota, Ivanhoe, Canby, Dawson, Granite Falls and Lake Benton.
Any child from birth until kindergarten can sign up. It will take from a few months to a few years, depending on how many books you read at a time. Developing literacy skills begins at birth and continues throughout the toddler and pre-school years. The best way to ensure a child has the skills necessary to learn to read is having someone read aloud to them.
For more information on 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten call 507-929-2273, visit the United Way website at www.UnitedWaySWMN.org or contact your local library. This program is an initiative of United Way’s Success By 6 efforts which focus on school readiness and early literacy. Additional programming includes: Imagination Library, Wild About Kindergarten bags, Little Red Bookshelf, summer reading programs and Born Learning Trails.
United Way of Southwest Minnesota is an autonomous, local organization working to create lasting change in people’s lives and the communities we serve in Lincoln, Lyon, Murray, Yellow Medicine, and portions of Cottonwood, Lac qui Parle, Nobles and Redwood counties of Minnesota.