Early Reading Initiative Launched By Tyler Library


The Tyler Public Library announces the launch of its “1,000 Books Before Kindergarten” program, or “1KB4K,” a fun and exciting reading program for children ages 0-5 years.

This program increases awareness of the importance of early literacy and encourages parents to embrace their roles as their child’s first teacher.
The 1KB4K program is an early literacy effort aimed at encouraging families to read at least 1,000 books to their preschooler, from birth to age 5, before they enter school. Families can sign up beginning January 6 at the library’s information desk.

Each family will receive a folder with pages to record the books they read. Each time a goal of recording 100 books is reached, families should bring their folder to the library to have their accomplishment recorded on the “Reading Tree,” a decoration in the library story room.
At each stage of the program, families will add different colored leaves, fruit and animals to the tree to show their accomplishments. The family will receive a “1KB4K” book bag after completing the first 100 books.

“Reading aloud to your preschool children helps them start school ready to learn,” Youth Services Librarian Linda Gray said. “Reading is one of the most important things you can do to ensure your child’s success when starting school. It also provides an opportunity to increase their exposure to a wide variety of books and promotes use of the library.”

Children may read books from home or the library, and any book read aloud to a child counts. In addition, if a family reads a book more than once, it counts as an additional book read.

“We want this to be a fun program that enriches our children and families along the way,” Gray added.

For more information about this and other library programs, go to www.TylerLibrary.com or call 903.593.7323. The library is located at 201 S. College Ave. in downtown Tyler. 

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