Carrollton Public Library Offers 1000 Books Before Kindergarten Program
The 1000 Books Before Kindergarten program is now available through the Carrollton Public Library. Simply read a book to your newborn, infant, and/or toddler(s). Maintain a list of the books read on READsquared.com, and earn prizes along the way to celebrate their progress. The concept is simple, the rewards are priceless.
“The Library is thrilled to add this program to the list of preschool and early literacy offerings,” Jonathan Scheu, Carrollton Public Library Director said. “This is a great opportunity for parents to bond with their kids while preparing them for kindergarten.”
Register at the Library or online beginning Wednesday, September 1 for this self-paced program open to children from birth to age five. A book can be any book read to a child by parents, siblings, grandparents, guardians, or caregivers. If a child enjoys a particular book, read it multiple times. Each time any book is read, it counts towards the 1,000 books. If it’s read 10 times, it counts as 10 books.
“Researchers have found over the last 20 years or so that reading storybooks to children really makes a difference in a child’s development,” Scheu said. “It promotes language skills, improves literacy, and encourages reading.”
One thousand books may seem like a lot, Scheu continued, but reading only one book a night will reach the goal in less than three years. If three books a night are read, the goal can be achieved in just one year. It is never too early or too late to get started.
"The Library remains committed to offering high-quality services for our patrons during these unprecedented times, and this online program makes it easier than ever to track books from wherever they are,” Scheu said.
Registration will be ongoing at both Carrollton Public Library locations. Stop by Hebron & Josey Library (4220 N. Josey Lane), Josey Ranch Lake Library (1700 Keller Springs Road), visit cityofcarrollton.com/READsquared, or download the free READsquared app and create an account. Parents or caregivers can create an account for each child, access Librarian-curated book lists in the app, and easily monitor each child’s activity in one place.
The Carrollton Public Library staff will be available to provide prizes and encouragement as milestones are met. A Library card is not required; however, it is encouraged and free for Carrollton and Denton County residents.
The Library’s digital branch is available 24/7, offering access to a variety of eBooks, eAudiobooks, and more. Holds and other inquiries can be made by phone during Library service hours or anytime online. Both Library locations offer drive-through windows for holds pick-up.
For current Library hours and more information about the 1000 Books Before Kindergarten program and other Library offerings, visit cityofcarrollton.com/library or call 972-466-4800.