Brynley Henrich and Jonathan, Thomas, and William Bjordahl have completed the 1000 Books Before Kindergarten program. The early literacy program is sponsored by the Grant County Library and Great Western Bank in Milbank. Parents of the preschoolers include Nate and Molly Henrich and Travis and Emily Bjordahl of Milbank.
Great Western Bank in Milbank partnered with the library to open an account for each participant, and the bank offers monetary awards along the way to 1000 books. The young readers also receive recognition and awards at various milestones.
Librarian Jody Carlson says the 1000 Books Before Kindergarten program is simple and free. Any child who has not started kindergarten is eligible to sign up at the library. The program is self paced, so families can take their time.
Carlson says, “The program encourages parents and caregivers to read to their children to ensure a solid foundation for learning when their child reaches kindergarten.”
Carlson also cited the benefits of the program as indicated by many studies, “Engaging in reading to newborns, infants, and toddlers increases reading readiness, develops vocabulary, increases interest in printed works, and instills a positive attitude about reading. Sharing books with your child helps them learn the skills to become a reader as well as encourages parent and child bonding.
Since the Grant County Library has been offering the program, 31 children have reached the 1000th mark.
Top Photo: Jody Carlson, Emily Bjordahl, Daryl Halvorson, Jonathan, Thomas, and William Bjordahl Bottom Photo: Daryl Halvorson, Jody Carlson and Brynley Henrich