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Indian Trails Library launches 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten

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  • Susan Dennison, the library's communications manager, reads a story to her 3-year-old grandson, Drew Quagliana.Peter Quagliana

      Susan Dennison, the library's communications manager, reads a story to her 3-year-old grandson, Drew Quagliana.Peter Quagliana

Indian Trails Public Library District

From the moment they are born, children love to hear stories. It is how they learn the language, but more importantly, it is how they learn to read.

Join us this fall as the Indian Trails PUblic Library District launches 1,000 Books before Kindergarten - the 1K Book Club.

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The concept of 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten, a national initiative, grew out of Mem Fox's popular book, "Reading Magic." Fox wrote that experts believe children need to hear 1,000 stories read aloud before they begin to learn to read for themselves.

"The library looked at how we could help children get ready to read. Mem Fox's book really resonated with me. This program is a great way to encourage parents to read aloud to their children," said Michele Fenton, youth services manager.

In addition to the 1K Book Club material, the library will offer literacy tips for parents, suggested book lists, ongoing storytimes and staff assistance in choosing books.

Who can participate

Children, birth through pre-kindergarten can join the 1K Book Club. Parents will find the program easy to follow, with prizes awarded along the way to celebrate the completion of levels. Library residents and nonresidents are invited to participate.

How the program works

Registration begins September 13 in Youth Services at the Indian Trails Library, 355 Schoenbeck Rd., Wheeling. Those registering will receive a logbook, early literacy tips and a folder to keep the 1K Book Club materials handy. Indian Trails Public Library District residents may apply for a special 1K Club library card.

"Reading 1,000 books may seem like a lot," Fenton said, "but it breaks down to just one book a day for five years or three books a day for one year, plus rereading books and attending storytimes count. This is a wonderful way for parents to encourage a lifelong love of books!"

For more information about this program, call 847-459-4100, ext. 3.

The Indian Trails Public Library District serves 67,000 residents in the communities of Wheeling, Buffalo Grove and Prospect Heights.

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