Let 1000
Books Bloom
Marge Loch-Wouters
La Crosse Public Library
What is 1000 Books?
Read 1000 Books Aloud to Preschoolers
Early Literacy Initiative
DIY for Families
Increase Library Usag...
Stealth Program
 Programs that take some initial program planning and set-
up but, once in place, are able to be administ...
The “Mothers”
Sandy Krost, Head of Children’s Services,
Bremen Public Library, IN
Mem Fox
How Bremen Did It
• Families received a small size three-ring journal to hold half-page sheets
• Recording sheets for book...
My 1000 Book Beginnings
Menasha Public Library
La Crosse Public Library
Our “launch” materials at La Crosse –
combining flowers, seeds and rainbows in our
“growing readers” theme
Our incentives at launch –
we have since gone down to
book bag at sign-up; stickers
at every level completed, a
fingerpupp...
Above, our first design: write down those
titles! Next design: mark off seeds.
Current design combines best of both (seeds and listing favorite titles)
PLUS literacy tips!
Sample
programs –
themed and
unthemed!
Catching the EYE
We devoted part of a wall to create an eye-catching mural
where kids mark progress with dots that add col...
Benefits
• Completely adaptable to your library and budget
• Supports our early literacy mission in libraries
• Allows sta...
Setting Up a Program
• What are your goals?
• What ages do you want to reach?
• Do you want to offer incentives?
• How wil...
Project Goals?
• Introduce a fun method to encourage
families to read aloud to preschoolers?
• Introduce children to a wid...
What ages do you want to reach?
• Birth- Age 5
• Ages 1-5
• Birth- Age 4
• Ages 1-4
Do you want to offer incentives?
Incentives for kids and/or parents
Low cost: stickers, stamps
Mid cost: paperback book, b...
How will you keep track
of participation?
•Drop-in Activities
•Each return visit = 100 books read
•Record-Keeping
What is your budget going to be?
•Your budget is dependent on your design
•Projecting participation – smart buying
•Consid...
How can you fund this initiative?
• Programming Budget
• Friends of the Library
• Grants - Target, Pepsi, Dollar General, ...
What’s your dream theme?
1000 Books Map
from Kathleen Larson (Youth Services Librarian in Bloomer WI)
http://fromtheshorts...
Resources
Beth Crist, Colorado Department of Education
http://www.cde.state.co.us/cdelib/LibraryDevelopment/YouthServices/1000Books....
http://pinterest.com/lochwouters/let-1000-books-bloom/
http://ow.ly/kYA49
Angela Meyers
Waukesha County Federated Library System
PDFs
http://www.wrlsweb.org/member-
services/youth-services/
And in the End….Jump in!!!
Marge Loch-Wouters marge@lacrosselibrary.org
http://tinytipsforlibraryfun.blogspot.com/
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How to 1000-Books-Before-Kindergarten

  1. 1. Let 1000 Books Bloom Marge Loch-Wouters La Crosse Public Library
  2. 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. 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. 4. The “Mothers” Sandy Krost, Head of Children’s Services, Bremen Public Library, IN Mem Fox
  5. 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 http://www.bremen.lib.in.us/ecrtr/index.htm
  6. 6. My 1000 Book Beginnings Menasha Public Library La Crosse Public Library
  7. 7. Our “launch” materials at La Crosse – combining flowers, seeds and rainbows in our “growing readers” theme
  8. 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. 9. Above, our first design: write down those titles! Next design: mark off seeds.
  10. 10. Current design combines best of both (seeds and listing favorite titles) PLUS literacy tips!
  11. 11. Sample programs – themed and unthemed!
  12. 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. 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. 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. 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. 16. What ages do you want to reach? • Birth- Age 5 • Ages 1-5 • Birth- Age 4 • Ages 1-4
  17. 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. 18. How will you keep track of participation? •Drop-in Activities •Each return visit = 100 books read •Record-Keeping
  19. 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. 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: http://brycedontplay.blogspot.com/2012/09/why-1000-books-before- kindergarten.html
  21. 21. What’s your dream theme? 1000 Books Map from Kathleen Larson (Youth Services Librarian in Bloomer WI) http://fromtheshortstacks.blogspot.com/2013/01/1000-books-before-kindergarten.html#
  22. 22. Resources
  23. 23. Beth Crist, Colorado Department of Education http://www.cde.state.co.us/cdelib/LibraryDevelopment/YouthServices/1000Books.htm
  24. 24. http://pinterest.com/lochwouters/let-1000-books-bloom/
  25. 25. http://ow.ly/kYA49 Angela Meyers Waukesha County Federated Library System
  26. 26. PDFs http://www.wrlsweb.org/member- services/youth-services/
  27. 27. And in the End….Jump in!!! Marge Loch-Wouters marge@lacrosselibrary.org http://tinytipsforlibraryfun.blogspot.com/

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