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Introducing the New and Improved 1000 Books Before Kindergarten App!

The New Berlin Public Library along with the Bridges Library System serving the libraries in Waukesha and Jefferson Counties, launched version 1.0 of the app last year.  Now along with the partnership of eight other libraries systems, including Bridges, version 2.0 of the app is now available to download in the Google Play or Apple iTunes app stores for free (and with no ads or pop-ups!). 

The 1000 Books Before Kindergarten Program was developed to increase awareness of the importance of early literacy, as well as, encourage parents to embrace their role as their child's first and most important teacher. While tradition models of the program have the caregiver write down the titles of the 100 books read, this app saves time by scanning and then recording books in the app.  

The 1000 Books Before Kindergarten Program is a pre-literacy effort encourage families to read at least 1,000 books to their children before they enter school.  One thousand books sounds like a lot, but reading just one book every day to a child adds up to 1,000 books in three years.  Favorite books can be read over and over! Repetition is one of the ways a child learns language.  

Starting now, families can download the app by searching "1000 Books Before Kindergarten app" in the Google Play or Apple iTunes app stores.  If families prefer to track books on paper, please stop by the Youth Services Reference Desk for a packet!   Our goal is to get parents and caregivers in the habit of reading books with their children.  We know that reading to a child not only improves literacy skills, but it also improves a child's ability to listen and strengthens the bond between reader and child.  We're excited to offer this tool for parents and caregivers to easily track their progress.  It's not only helpful because it saves a great deal of time, but it's also fun.  The app now offers the option to print or email the booklist, as well as, to unlock achievements and share on social media.   

Whether you choose to use the app to participate in this program or participate on paper, please stop by the Youth Services Department to sign up so you can earn prizes along the way!  Each library runs the program slightly different with incentives, so you will want to check out what we have to offer at the New Berlin Public Library.  

 

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