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Wednesday, January 27, 2016

1,000 Books Before Kindergarten


Have you heard that it takes 10,000 hours of practice to master a skill. Malcolm Gladwell promoted it in his book, Outliers: The Story of Success [302 GLA, also ebook]. The idea has been disputed, however, you must admit, if you practiced something for that long, you surely will improve!

It's sort of the idea behind the 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten program that was recently rolled out in NH. The program's title is based upon a quote by children's book author, Mem Fox, "Children need to hear a thousand stories before they can begin to learn to read. Or the same story a thousand times!" Research has also proven that children who are read to will show an increase their vocabulary, and their listening and narrative skills. Reading to children helps to instill in them self-awareness, confidence, and an understanding of their place in the world.

You need not be a Shakespearean trained actor to read to a child, just a willingness on your part to do so. And, of course, you'll need a book! We have thousands of picture books and board books available at the Library. If you need assistance in finding one, we have staff to help you, as well as lists of titles.

Visit the children's room to learn more about the program, to register, and to pick up a packet of relative materials. Then start reading!



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