Giving Young Children the Tools to Become Successful Readers
1,000 Books Before Kindergarten is a new Library program that encourages all Oconee county families and caregivers to read 1,000 books with their young children before they enter kindergarten.
Studies have shown that families who start reading aloud to their children at birth help to strengthen their language skills and build their vocabulary - two important tools for beginning to learn to read when they enter kindergarten.
How Does 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten Work?
- Drop by the Children's Information Desk, and take home your first reading log - or download the app!
- Track Your Reading - Each time you read a book with your child, fill in a circle on the reading log.
- Show us Your Reading Logs - When you reach 25 books, bring in your reading log, and get a small prize! At the first 100 books, you get a another really cool prize! And at each 100-books mark, you get even more prizes!
- Read More Books! When you get all the way to 1000, you'll receive a certificate and extra special prize!
1,000 Books Before Kindergarten FAQ
For Families with Babies and Young Children
This program is meant to take 3-5 years to complete, so if your child is almost ready for kindergarten, this might not be the right program for you.
But if you've been reading to your child all along, he or she has already received the benefit of 1000 Books Before Kindergarten - well done!
Can I count books I read to my child before I registered?
No - the program begins for your family on the day you register, and you only count books you read after registering.
My child likes to read the same book over and over again. How do I count that?
You count the book every time you read it. If you read the same book 10 times, you count it ten times.
Can I count books that are read to my child in school, or by my nanny or day care provider?
Yes, any book that is read to your child by anybody counts.
Do the books have to be library books?
No, any book you read counts, whether it's a library book, your own book, your friend's book, etc.
My child likes to listen to books on the computer/iPad/eReader/etc. Can I count them?
As long as your child listens to the whole book, it counts.
1,000 Books Before Kindergarten program description and logo courtesy of 1,000 Books Foundation.
Wednesday, July 16 @ 5-6pm
Nathan Iyer will be teaching teens basic chess rules and strategy. Bring your friends for an hour of chess and cupcakes! Ages 11-18 only.
If every library-lover purchased one item for the library, our shelves would be FULL!
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Children's Department Requests
- Christmas Parade by Sandra Boynton-$14
- Daddy Christmas and Hannukah Mama by Selina Alko - $22
- Just Right for Christmas by Birdie Black - $19
- Pete the Cat Saves Christmas by Eric Litwin -$16
- Curious George books by H.A. Rey - $19
- Arthur books by Marc Brown - $19
- Berenstain Bear books by Stan and Jan Berenstain - $15
- Scaredy Squirrel books by Melanie Watt - $15
- Darth Vader and Son by Jeffrey Brown - $13
- Leslie Patricelli Board Books - $10
- Find a Cow Now! by Janet Stevens - $19
- The Christmas Tugboat: How the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Came to New York City - $20
- Trucks by Clive Gifford - $24
- Judy Moody and the Bad Luck Charm by Megan McDonald - $18
- Junie B., First Grader: Turkeys We Have Loved and Eaten (And Other Grateful Stuff) by Barbara Park - $18 39
- Clues: Shatterproof by Roland Smith - $16
- Who Could That Be at This Hour? by Lemony Snicket - $14 39
- Clues: Cahills vs. Vespers: Trust No One by Linda Sue Park - $15
- Washable Tempera Paint - $10
- Storytime Craft and Activity Supplies - $10
- Play Food - $15
- Felt for flannelboard stories - $10
- Glue Sticks - $10
- Arthur Christmas - $20
Adult/Young Adult Departments Requests
- Light Boxes by Shane Jones - $14
- Veg News year subscription - $20
YOUNG ADULT (TEEN) SUPPLIES
- Wal-Mart Gift Cards - any amount
- Publix Gift Cards - any amount
- Neil Young Journeys - $27.50
- Scott Pilgrim vs. the World - $14.99
- Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted - $27.50
- Call the Midwife: Season One - $31
- Moonrise Kingdom - $27.50
- Hunger Games - $15