BCLS ‘1,000 Books’ program sets sail October 1st | Education

The Berkeley County Library System (BCLS) is appealing to all preschoolers as their “1,000 Books Before Kindergarten” initiative is set to take place Oct. 1 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. in the form of an information session at the Moncks Corner Branch, located at 1003 N. Highway 52.

On the program for the day, “Story time” readings from 10:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. and from 11:30 a.m. to 12 p.m., activity sheets and bundles of books will also be distributed to young participants.

As a national program that encourages families to read, “1,000 Books Before Kindergarten” aims for children to complete at least 1,000 published stories to prepare them for kindergarten. Those who successfully reach their reading goal will receive a certificate of completion.

Studies show that 90% of a child’s brain develops from birth to age 5, as stated in a BCLS press release. The report goes on to cite that 57% of children in the Tri-County area are “not ready” for reading before entering kindergarten.

Of the 212 children enrolled in “1,000 Books Before Kindergarten” from July 2021 to June 2022, 93 actively recorded their reading efforts and 11 completed the program.

Sharon Fashion, BCLS Youth Services Coordinator, says, “It’s never too early to start reading to your child. It is important that reading be part of one’s life, as the benefits of reading last a lifetime.

Those looking to celebrate BCLS’s “love of reading” can contact Fashion at [email protected] or by calling 843-719-4227 for more information.

Registration is available at: https://berkeleylibrarysc.org/1000books/.

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