eli-rubyWellington Public Library is excited to announce that two of their young patrons have completed the 1000 Books Before Kindergarten program, making them the first to do so.  Ruby and Elias Shawn, children of James & Vanessa Shawn, completed the challenge just a few days short of Ruby starting kindergarten.  Each child received a book bag and a book for every 100 books they had read to them. Their names, and the names of other children currently participating in the program are posted on the bulletin board in the children’s library.

1000bookslogoFamilies are invited to join the 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten program at Wellington Public Library. The 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten program is a nationwide challenge that encourages parents and caregivers to regularly read aloud to their children. By reading just one book a night, families can reach the 1,000-book goal in three years and provide their children essential early literacy skills.

Research shows that the most reliable predictor of school success is being read to during early childhood. Reading to children from an early age can help close the vocabulary gap and prepare children to enter kindergarten with the skills they need to succeed. Most importantly, sharing books with children promotes a lifelong love of books and reading.

The 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten program is available to all families with children between the ages of birth and five years. Registration is open. For more information, call the library at 326-2011.  This program is free of charge.