Underused Services at the Library
By: Kim Lashbrook, Marketing and Graphics Production Clerk
The 1K Club
The library offers many services and resources that you may not even be aware of. This is the first in a series of posts highlighting some of those underused services. Our goal is to raise awareness for our members and the community that these services exist and to explain what they are (and why you should try them).
The 1K Club — 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten — is a new book challenge for young readers (and their parents). The goal is to read 1,000 books to your infant, toddler, or pre-K child. We know, it sounds daunting! But if you read just one book each night, you can accomplish the goal in three years. And if you read three books a day, you will reach your goal in just one year! This includes books read at library storytime, at preschool, or by another family member or babysitter. And yes, reading the same book over and over (and over again) counts. We know every kid has a favorite that they read into the ground.
Reading aloud to toddlers and preschoolers can help them develop essential pre-reading skills, enhance their vocabulary, and absorb knowledge about everyday life. Reading stories helps increase literacy skills, but it also teaches children how to understand the world around them and how to interact with others. But most of all, reading to your kids is fun! It’s a time to bond, ask and answer questions, and enjoy your time together.
Even infants can benefit from early reading. Studies show that reading aloud to babies as young as six months can affect the way language networks form in the brain. Reading also introduces infants and children to words and phrases they may not be exposed to in daily conversation. This leads to better vocabularies and early literacy skills as the children enter school, which sets them up for better success in school and later in life.
So, how do you join? Register at the Youth Information Desk at the library to get your book log, then start logging each time your read with your child. Collect prize(s) when each log is completed.
If you aren’t sure where to start, ask any staff member at the Youth Information Desk for ideas, check out our staff reading recommendations, or check below for a few recommendations from the library’s Early Literacy Librarian Katy Almendinger.
by Monique Gray Smith
It’s never too early to teach baby to appreciate the little things in life.
by Dawn Sirett
This title encourages baby to move their fingers along trails on each page. The interactive element is perfect for holding your baby’s attention!
by Ruth Spiro
Books in the “Baby Loves” series introduce baby to unique vocabulary. It’s important for baby to hear words outside of daily conversation.
by Patricia Murphy
Big, bold illustrations show babies and their mothers. Each “Mama Look” page shows a clue for what will be discovered next.
by JaNay Brown-Wood
A sweet celebration of food, family, and counting to fifteen!
by Pamela Paparone
Books can be an awesome way to introduce your child to nursery rhymes or classic songs. Sometimes they even add an unexpected twist.
by Christie Matheson
Tap, rub, and wiggle the illustrations to make magic happen! Your kids will think this interactive book is magic.
by Derrick Barnes
Don’t miss this award-winning title with a great message of self-confidence.
by Stephanie Graegin
Ask your children to make up their own story for this gorgeous wordless picture book.
What Do I Need to Do?
- Register at the Youth Department Information Desk. Registration is open all year.
- Mark each book down on your log. Do this by crossing out the line, writing your initials, writing down the full title, etc.
- Collect prize(s) when each log is completed.
The 1K Club is designed for babies, toddlers, and preschoolers who have not yet entered Kindergarten. If you are interested in encouraging your older children to read, children in kindergarten through 8th grade can sign up for the Patch Club.Tags: 1000 Books Before Kindergarten, 1K Club, books, gepl, Kim Lashbrook, news, recommendations, underused services