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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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Reading this summer can earn you small prizes as you meet each goal, prizes in our weekly drawings, and chances for larger prizes at the end of the reading program. You will also earn tickets for our Summer Reading Party on August 11th. The more you read, the more tickets you will earn for playing games and redeeming prizes at the party.

ICE CREAM SOCIAL: Wednesday, June 13th, 11am—7pm. All ages. Get a free bowl of ice cream with toppings of your choice for showing us your library card! Don’t have a library card? Register for one at the event and still receive a free bowl of ice cream!

READING CLUB: Grades Pre-Kindergarten—6th. Earn treats and tickets for the Summer Reading Party in August by completing worksheets all summer! For every reading comprehension packet turned in with a score of 80% or higher, you will earn 2 scoops of ice cream with toppings and a ticket to spend at the Summer Reading Party. Correcting skill sheets takes time, so please do not plan to turn them in and get the reward the same day. Please check the next time you visit the library to see if you have earned your treat. Each child is limited to one bowl of ice cream per day. Alternative prizes may be available for children with food allergies.

BENJAMMIN EDUCATIONAL MUSIC: Friday, June 22nd, 10:30 am. All ages. Jammin with BenJammin Gauthier gives kids a chance to move, play and sing along with Educational Music. With songs like "The Safety Belt Song", "Keep in Shape" and "Dream, Love, Live", your kids will learn about health, safety, respect, and science—all while having so much fun they won't even realize they are learning!!   Registration is required for this event.

NELSON’S WILDLIFE SAFARI-ANIMALS FROM AROUND THE WORLD: Thursday, July 12th , 6:30 pm. All ages.  Wildlife Safari bring the magic and adventure of animals to us for a truly unique hands on experience!  You will see and touch creatures both great and small from around the world through the Adventure Story Presentation. Don’t miss it! Registration is required for this event.

KALAMAZOO SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA MUSICAL STORY BOOK AND INSTRUMENT PETTING ZOO: Thursday, July 26th, 11:00 am. All ages.  Perfect for younger children, this program presents favorite storybooks illustrated with great music by KSO’s Burdick-Thorne String Quartet. Each program includes a craft activity, a narrated telling of the story with music, and interactive learning led by the musicians.   Registration is required for this event.

SUMMER READING PARTY: Saturday, August 11th, 11:30am-1:30pm. All ages. Rain or shine! Weather permitting, we will have the inflatable slide, bouncer, and obstacle course outside on the library grounds. Inside the library you can trade in your reading tickets for ice cream, crafts, games, and other small prizes. Extra tickets are available for purchase at 25 cents each.