DeKalb County Public Library and the DeKalb Library Foundation are launching a major program initiative this spring aimed at helping parents "build their babies’ brains" by supporting and encouraging them to read early and often with their young children. The program, called 1000 Books Before Kindergarten, began with kick-off events in late April where parents were encouraged to participate. Any family who uses DeKalb County library branches can take part in the program. The Library also plans to make special outreach efforts to families in underserved areas to get them involved as well.
Research shows that when parents talk, read and sing with their young children, connections that build language, literacy and social-emotional skills are formed in their children’s brains. 1000 Books Before Kindergarten will encourage parents and caregivers to read regularly with their babies and toddlers by providing support materials--including a free starter book--reading logs, reading tips and recommendations and prize incentives. Participants also will be encouraged to get the Library’s special 1000 Books Before Kindergarten library card for young children and to attend special storytime programs, where additional support will be offered.Read More