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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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FALL EVENTS IN THE YOUNG PEOPLE'S DEPARTMENT
 
STORYTIME: Ages 1-5.  Registration for fall storytimes begins Tuesday, September 5th.  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, September 11th and run through Thursday, December 7th.  There will be no storytime on Thursday, November 23rd due the Thanksgiving holiday. 
Storytime sessions are as follows:
                 Mondays: 10:30-11:15, 2-3 year olds
                 Tuesdays: 10:30-11:15, 1-2 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, September 15th, 4-5:30 (registration begins Tuesday, September 5th)
  • Friday, October 20th, 4-5:30. (registration begins Monday, October 9th)
PAINTING WITH HAPPY OUR ART: Saturday, September 30th, 10:30-11:30, ages 5 and up.  Join Rebecca from Happy Our Art for a guided painting class.  You will walk away with your very own masterpiece.  This event is for children ages 5-18.  Space is limited, registration is required for this free craft and begins Monday, September 18th.

FALL FESTIVALSaturday, October 28th, 10:30 and 1:30, all ages.  Come dressed in your Halloween costume for our fourth annual autumn party for all ages!  Enjoy games, crafts, snacks, and our costume competition.  Registration is required for this free event and begins Monday, October 9th.

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