Early Literacy

Early Literacy

1000 Books Before Kindergarten!

Families with young children, infants thru preschool, are encouraged to attend the 1000 Books Before Kindergarten Kick Off and Family Resource Fair at the Wood County District Public Library on Saturday, June 3rd from 10am – noon in the library atrium.  Award winning author and illustrator, Denise Fleming, will present and autograph books. Every child participating in the program will receive a free copy of Denise Fleming’s picture book, Alphabet Under Construction.  The Friends of the Library are generous sponsors of this early literacy challenge. Local daycares and preschools, agencies, and organizations will also participate with a Family Resource Fair, highlighting their services as well as offering hands-on literacy activities for young children.  Families who have already registered during the Summer Reading Program can bring back their book for Denise Fleming’s autograph.  Registration can be done throughout the year, in person at the library as well as online. The challenge is to reach 1000 Books Before Kindergarten. 

Studies have shown that reading with your child provides many opportunities to bond and develop strong attachments.  Reading together is fun and will create life-long memories.  Experts agree that children who learn the necessary skills early do better in school and later in life.  Participating in 1000 Books Before Kindergarten program can help put your child on the right track.

All books count.  Library books, personal books from home, books read at storytime, at school or with a caregivier, sibling, or a grandparent – even through a Skype or Facetime virtual visit count.  The library will recognize children with award stickers at every 100 books logged, and at 500 books, children will select a book from the library collection to have their name designated on a bookplate commemorating their achievement.  At 1000 books, young children will be designated a “Royal Reader” with a photo, their names added to the “Golden Scroll, and they will be awarded with another gift book.  Each year the library will recognize participants with an annual celebration.

Storytimes and Workshops

The WCDPL Children's Place promotes early literacy through Every Child Ready to Read @ Your Library. This early literacy initiative was created by PLA/ALSC (Public Library Association/Association for Library Service to Children).

Learn more about Every Child Ready to Read @ Your library and the value of Talking, Reading, Writing, Singing, and Playing with your young child!

Join us for weekly Baby & Toddler Storytimes, Thursdays at 10am and 2pm, and Preschool Storytimes, Tuesdays at 10:30am and 7pm. Also look for monthly Every Child Ready to Read Workshops on our calendar

Board Books for Babies at Wood County Hospital

The Friends of the Library also generously support a gift book for babies born at the Wood County Hospital.

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