1,000 Books Before Kindergarten: Supporting Early Literacy through Reading at Home
2013 Early Literacy Mini-Grants $250 for either: •Early literacy SRP, OR •1,000 Books Before Kindergarten program Spend grant and matching funds on: •Books for your collection for 0-6 year olds, AND/OR •Reading/activity logs for parents Go to http://www.cde.state.co.us/cdelib/SummerReading/minigrants.htm. Application deadline: January 31
Presented by Sandy Krost Bremen Public Library PO Box 130 Bremen, IN 46506 574-546-2849 email@example.com
Why was the program created in the first place? 1. Mem Fox – Reading Magic (c2008, p17) – “No wonder experts tell us that children need to hear a thousand stories read aloud before they begin to learn to read for themselves. A thousand! That sounds daunting.” 2.
What would get parents to actually apply what they learned in “Every Child Ready to Read” workshops? • Large Volume of Reading • Singing • Nursery Rhymes
The Challenge Before Us Design a program that would motivate and encourage parents to read to their child at least 1000 books before kindergarten. Support the
• Free to participants • Include incentives that would support Every Child Ready to Read • Promote library use • Have accountabilility • Be easy to administer • Be motivational • Be as inexpensive for the library as possible (not dip into the children’ department/library’s budget too much)
Bremen Public Library’s 1000 Books Before Kindergarten Program in a Nutshell • At registration: Each child receives a reading journal and book bag. • Each time a child has completed 100 books he or she returns to the library with the journal to get the pages to record the next 100 books. A sticker is given to be placed in the journal. • The reading journal contains pages to record the first 100 books read to the child. • Each 100 page “packette” includes an inexpensive CD of songs and nursery rhymes, a parent note with a ECRTR fact/tidbit/info, and other items to promote reading and the six skills. • When 1000 book have been read to the child the library awards them with a book with a special nameplate.
Designing the Journal Needed to be able to add pages. A three-ring binder seemed a logical choice. We wanted the book more child-sized so we selected the 8 ½ x 5 ½ size. We designed our own art work with 10 animals (each animal a 100 book level) so we didn’t have any copyright issues. Terrie Bickel, a staff member of our children’s department, created all the art work. We made each 100 book’s pages a different color. We chose heavy paper (67 lb/250 sheet) for sturdiness. We used pastels so that the titles of the books written in by the parents could be seen. See Bremen Public Library’s website for pages: http://www.bremen.lib.in.us/ecrtr/index.htm
Designing the Book Bag We contacted JanWay. They sent us many different bags as we made our selection of style and color of bag. We wanted the bag to be big enough to hold a lot of picture books and sturdy enough to do so. We wanted the straps of the bag to go over the shoulder. We wanted the color to be dark to hide soiling. We also had to factor in expense. We gave up a small zippered pocket to put the library card in and a top zipper because of expense. We sent JanWay our art work which they redid to work for the book bag.
Decided and Ordered other items to include at 100 levels • CD’s • Nursery Rhyme Booklets • Magnetic Picture Holder for Fridge
How to Register • We designed the fol owing registration form. We record from the registration form into a Microsoft Access file, but a spreadsheet could be used.
Book Awarded for Completion • You Read to Me, I’ll Read to You, Very Short Mother Goose Tales to Read Together by Mary Ann Hoberman
Checklist: 1. Size and type of binder for journal 2. 10 different pastel colors of heavy paper 3. Book Bags 4. CD’s 5. Nursery Rhymes Booklets 6. Registration form/method 7. Design and make ECRTR items for each level 8. Other incentive items 9. Choose book for completion with special nameplate
How We Funded the Program: • Letters were written to the four main charitable organizations in our town to ask if they could fund a specific area. – Kiwanis – funded the journals – Psi Iota Xi – funded the CD’s – Kappa Kappa Kappa – funded the book bags – Lion’s Club – Nursery Rhyme Booklets – The library provides the staff to administer the program, the paper and copying of the pages, final book at the end.
Other Ideas for Funding: • Friend’s Group • Grants from other sources – Community Foundation • Community businesses
Companies/Products Used • Bags: JanWay, 11 Academy Road Cogan Station, PA 17728-9300 1-800-877-5242 www.janway.com • CD’s: Continental Promotions, http://www.continentalpromo.com/cd.html • Binders: Mueller Art Cover, 20000 Westwood Dr Strongsville, OH , 44149-4043 Phone: 440-238-3303 FAX: 440-238-5574 Toll Free Phone: 888-238-6311
Things we would like to do, but haven’t yet: • Additional 100 book items – Foam shapes in different colors – “1000 Books Before Kindergarten” clings for vehicle window – Magnetic Upper and Lower Case Letters – Magnetic Numbers – Find source for CD’s that are no longer available • Follow-up – Send motivational postcards to parents who haven’t been back to get additional levels – Send notices of Toddler Time, Preschool Story Hour, and other age appropriate programs at the library • Wall of Fame – Display pictures of children who have completed 1000 Books Questions?
Laura McConnell Children’s/Teen Librarian East Morgan County Library Brush, Colorado
“There is no substitute for books in the life of a child.” •To increase literacy in the lives of the youngest members of our - May Ellen Chase community. •To help children find the “magic” of reading and books. •Help parents teach their children to learn to read so they will read to learn. •To help children know books and reading can be fun.
• Heard about the idea from the emails we receive. • Searched what other libraries were doing. • Changed it to fit the community we serve – service area is approximately 8,100 people. • Easy on staff and "To learn to read is to light a fire; every parents. syllable that is spelled out is a spark." — Victor Hugo, Les Miserables
•Fill out form, take picture, give packet. •For every packet of 100 books turned in, child receives prize and another picture is taken. •Displayed on wall with “book” labeled with level and date. •When all ten levels are turned in, we plan to have a party and present family with a scrapbook of all the pictures of the child. •Repetition is encouraged. If a book is read more than once, count it each time!
Sample of Registration form and Level Packets. Each level has its own color at the top of the page.
Recommend program to parents of young children. Levels 1-5 Prizes Levels 6-10 Prizes
Take picture (if possible) of child.
Let child pick prize
Give parent next level packet.
Our staff – they are incredibly amazing and helpful.
The pictures on the wall – parents and public comment all the time. I cut around the pictures, use the wallpaper pieces we use for the Cricut, fold it like a book, then put
Story time parents the Level on the front and the name and date n the back.
Making a big deal about each level for the kids.
This has been an unexpected success for our library.
The staff has gone above and beyond in encouraging patrons – even giving reading tips to young parents.
Parents don’t seem to mind filling out the logs.
Works well with year- round reading contest. "There are many little ways to enlarge your child's world. Love of books is the best of all." — Jacqueline Kennedy
What to do if we are not able to get a photo?
What the final party will look like – when to do it? "Oh, magic hour, when a child first
How long do we keep knows she can read the pictures up if they printed words!" don’t do another — A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, 1943 level?
Writing books down with multiple children – solutions.
“There is more treasure in books "Reading aloud with children is known than in all the pirate's loot on to be the single most important activity Treasure Island." for building the knowledge and skills — Walt Disney they will eventually require for learning to read." — Marilyn Jager Adams East Morgan County Library – Laura McConnell firstname.lastname@example.org 970-842-4596