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How to 1000-Books-Before-Kindergarten


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Tips on why and how to create a program along with examples of successful programs and resources.

Tips on why and how to create a program along with examples of successful programs and resources.

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  • 1. Let 1000 Books Bloom Marge Loch-Wouters La Crosse Public Library
  • 2. What is 1000 Books? Read 1000 Books Aloud to Preschoolers Early Literacy Initiative DIY for Families Increase Library Usage Increase Circulation Open-ended so families can self-pace Stealth Program
  • 3. Stealth Program  Programs that take some initial program planning and set- up but, once in place, are able to be administered easily with little ongoing time devoted to them.  Encourage families to return often to the library without an active program scheduled  Families provide the “power” and activity on their own time  Encourages increased check-out
  • 4. The “Mothers” Sandy Krost, Head of Children’s Services, Bremen Public Library, IN Mem Fox
  • 5. How Bremen Did It • Families received a small size three-ring journal to hold half-page sheets • Recording sheets for book titles returned after every 100 books read and recorded • Created rewards after every 100 level – a sticker & a children’s music CD • Gave out a book at the final level • Included other small incentives • Built in accountability
  • 6. My 1000 Book Beginnings Menasha Public Library La Crosse Public Library
  • 7. Our “launch” materials at La Crosse – combining flowers, seeds and rainbows in our “growing readers” theme
  • 8. Our incentives at launch – we have since gone down to book bag at sign-up; stickers at every level completed, a fingerpuppet at 500 and a book on reaching the 1000 books-read goal!
  • 9. Above, our first design: write down those titles! Next design: mark off seeds.
  • 10. Current design combines best of both (seeds and listing favorite titles) PLUS literacy tips!
  • 11. Sample programs – themed and unthemed!
  • 12. Catching the EYE We devoted part of a wall to create an eye-catching mural where kids mark progress with dots that add color to the flowers as more kids add levels read!
  • 13. Benefits • Completely adaptable to your library and budget • Supports our early literacy mission in libraries • Allows staff to create value for families with very little ongoing time or effort. Once it’s planned, you are golden! • Let’s parents take the lead while we cheerlead
  • 14. Setting Up a Program • What are your goals? • What ages do you want to reach? • Do you want to offer incentives? • How will you keep track of participation? • What is your budget going to be? • How can you fund this initiative? • What’s your dream theme?
  • 15. Project Goals? • Introduce a fun method to encourage families to read aloud to preschoolers? • Introduce children to a wide range of excellent books? • Promote pre-literacy so children enter school ready to learn? • Encourage regular library use by families? • Relaxed easy introduction to the library?
  • 16. What ages do you want to reach? • Birth- Age 5 • Ages 1-5 • Birth- Age 4 • Ages 1-4
  • 17. Do you want to offer incentives? Incentives for kids and/or parents Low cost: stickers, stamps Mid cost: paperback book, book bag, magnets, window clings High cost: fingerpuppets, CDs
  • 18. How will you keep track of participation? •Drop-in Activities •Each return visit = 100 books read •Record-Keeping
  • 19. What is your budget going to be? •Your budget is dependent on your design •Projecting participation – smart buying •Considerations in costing out - sustainability
  • 20. How can you fund this initiative? • Programming Budget • Friends of the Library • Grants - Target, Pepsi, Dollar General, Kohls, Sam’s Club, etc • Ezra Jack Keats, ALSC grants • Grants – Rotary, Jaycees, Kiwanis • Sponsorship – local businesses, schools • Memorials; special fundraising appeals • Research to help in grant writing from Bryce Don’t Play blog: kindergarten.html
  • 21. What’s your dream theme? 1000 Books Map from Kathleen Larson (Youth Services Librarian in Bloomer WI)
  • 22. Resources
  • 23. Beth Crist, Colorado Department of Education
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  • 25. Angela Meyers Waukesha County Federated Library System
  • 26. PDFs services/youth-services/
  • 27. And in the End….Jump in!!! Marge Loch-Wouters