Early Literacy

1000 Books Before Kindergarten

Families with young children, infants through preschool, are encouraged to register their children for the 1000 Books Before Kindergarten Reading Challenge! Every child participating in the program will receive a free picture book as a registration prize. The Frisch Family Fund is a generous sponsor of this early literacy challenge. 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 caregiver, 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 another gift book.  Each year the library will recognize participants with an annual celebration.

Board Books for Babies at Wood County Hospital

Books for Babies packets being delivered to Wood County Hospital

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

Dolly Parton's Imagination Library in Wood County

Enroll your children here: https://ohioimaginationlibrary.org/enroll

  • No cost to families
  • Each child from birth to age 5 receives an age-appropriate book each month.
  • 2,600 children in Wood County registered!

If your child is not already enrolled, you can help us reach the next milestone of 3,000 registered children. Enroll here: https://ohioimaginationlibrary.org/enroll

In partnership with The United Way in Wood County and the Ohio Governor's Imagination Library, the seven independent public library systems in Wood County are bringing Dolly Parton's Imagination Library to Wood County, mailing books to children. 

"Libraries are dedicated to advancing early literacy skills and helping families raise readers," said Michael Penrod, Director at the Wood County District Public Library. "With the matching funds from the Ohio Governor’s Imagination Library, now is the right time to bring more books to children in our county." 

The program mails every child from birth through age five a free, age-appropriate book every month until they turn five years old. Parents may sign up online at https://ohioimaginationlibrary.org/enroll

There is no cost for a child or family to participate.  "The seven libraries are pleased to provide the initial $30,195 needed to get the project started," said Penrod.  "The libraries will also assist with program promotion and registration."

Program costs are covered by a 50% match from the Ohio Governor’s Imagination Library program and 50% in locally provided funds.  Each library of the county's seven libraries contributed to the project based on the population in their legal service district. The United Way in Wood County will serve as the project affiliate, as fiscal agent, and take on long-term fundraising efforts. The seven libraries that worked together to provide local funds are the North Baltimore Public Library, Pemberville Public Library, Rossford Public Library, Way Public Library in Perrysburg, Wayne Public Library, Weston Public Library, and the Wood County District Public Library in Bowling Green.

Entertainment icon and savvy businesswoman, Dolly Parton, founded the Imagination Library in 1995. She was inspired by her father’s inability to read or write and in hopes of inspiring a love of reading and learning from a young age. The program has received the Best Practices Award from The Library Of Congress Literacy Awards, and in 2016 the program celebrated the “One Million A Month” milestone for books mailed to children across the world.

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