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Ask your librarian how to get started in the 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten program today!
 
Did you know...
  • Children who are read to at an early age are more successful in school.
  • Reading aloud to infants and children encourages social, emotional, and cognitive development.
  • The ability to learn language skills is greatest before the age of six.
  • Children who are read to have bigger vocabularies when they enter school.
  • If you read just one book a day with your child, you'll reach 1,000 books in less than three years.
Tips for reading to young children:
  • Have fun! Use different voices, motions, facial expressions, and props (toys, stuffed animals) to bring the story to life. 
  • Snuggle up! Hold your child in your lap or next to you. Include a favorite blanket, stuffed animal, or other comfort item.
  • Talk about it! Point out things in the pictures. Ask your toddler questions about the pictures and story. Share stories about yourself. 
  • Stay flexible! It's okay to skip pages, read back to front, just look at the pictures, or not finish a book. You can also read aloud while your child plays with other toys. 
  • Be prepared! Keep books close at hand - throughout your home, in the diaper bag, in the car - for sharing anytime. A few minutes throughout the day add up to a big benefit for your child. 
  • Repeat favorites! Children love to hear their favorite stories over and over again - and the repetition helps them gain important literacy skills. 
  • Record your success! Use a reading log from your library or the 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten app. Enjoy a fun treat with your children when you reach milestones (100, 250, ...)
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WINTER EVENTS IN THE YOUNG PEOPLE'S DEPARTMENT
 
WINTER READING PROGRAM: Begins Monday, December 12th and runs through Saturday, February 25th, ages 0-18. Reading this winter can earn you small prizes at that library and a chance for a larger prize at the end of the winter reading program! You may pick up your BINGO log and begin reading on Monday, December 12th! Grand Prize Drawing will be Monday, February 27th. 

STORYTIME: Ages 1-5. Registration for winter storytimes begins Monday, January 9th. Register your child for a 45 minute session, which includes 30 minutes of stories, songs, and other activities followed by a 15 minute craft. Storytimes begin Monday, January 16th and run through Thursday, April 27th. Storytime sessions are as follows:
  • Mondays: 10:30-11:15, 1-3 year olds
  • Tuesdays: 10:30-11:15, 1-3 year olds
  • Wednesdays: 10:30-11:15, 3-5 year olds
  • Thursdays: 10:30-11:15, 3-5 year olds
1000 BOOKS BEFORE KINDERGARTENOn behalf of the 1000 Books Before Kindergarten Foundation, Comstock Township Library is encouraging parents and caregivers to read 1000 books to their young children and earn prizes along the way. Any child can participate until s/he enters Kindergarten. Stop by the Young People's desk to register and pick up a tracking sheet.

LEGO® CLUBEvery month on the third Friday, 4-5:30, all ages. Use your imagination and build a LEGO® creation for us to display in the Young People’s Department! Children under the age of 5 should have an adult helper with them. Registration is required for this free event. LEGO® Club dates are as follows:
  • Friday, January 20th, 4-5:30 (registration begins Monday, January 9th)
  • Friday, February 17th, 4-5:30 (registration begins Monday, February 6th) 
  • Friday, March 17th, 4-5:30 (registration begins Monday, March 6th)
  • Friday, April 21st, 4-5:30. (registration begins Monday, April 10th)
COLOR A SNOWMAN PLUSH CRAFT: Saturday, January 28th, 11am-12pm, for children ages 0-18. Use fabric markers and color a snowman stuffed animal! We will provide the snowman and the fabric markers. Children under the age of 5 should have an adult helper with them. Registration is required for this free craft and begins Monday, January 16th. Spaces limited. 

POKÉMON PARTY: Saturday, February 18th, 11am-12pm, all ages. Come catch them all by joining us for Pokémon-themed games such as a Pokémon hunt, crafts such as making your own Pokéball, and snacks! Registration is required for this free event and all ages are welcome! Registration begins Monday, February 6th.
 


SPRING GRAHAM CRACKER HOUSESaturday, March 18th, 11:00-12:00 for children ages 0-18. Celebrate spring by decorating a spring graham cracker house.  Children under the age of 5 should have an adult helper with them. Registration is required for this free craft and begins Monday, February 27th.  

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