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Helping preschoolers get ready for kindergarten is goal of new reading program at Peabody Public Library

By Robin Koller

Well-known children's author Mem Fox is quoted as saying, "Children need to hear a thousand stories before they can begin to learn to read." 
The 1,000 Book Club is a reading program designed for children starting at age 2 and ending when the child starts kindergarten. 
This program's goals are:  to have quality literature readily available so children hear 1,000 stories before entering kindergarten,  to help children enter kindergarten ready to learn, to provide incentives for families to read with their children, to help children develop a lifetime bond with reading and learning, and to foster a positive connection between home and school.
The Peabody Public Library 1,000 Book Club will have 100 bags with 10 books in each bag. These books will be quality literature.  There will be a combination of picture books, easy reader, non-fiction and board books.  Parents and children will select a bag from the racks to take home. Books read during story time at the library or at preschool also count towards the 1,000 goal. 
The books the children read do not have to be from the Peabody Public Library.  Books can be from home, preschool, Grandma's or anywhere.  If there is book that your child loves and wants you to read every night, count that book every time you read it.
The program begins on October 1, 2013, and is only available for Peabody Public Library cardholders.
The child and parent both need to be present to register.  At registration, children and parents will receive a chart for tracking which bag has been read and a chart to keep track of how many books have been read. 
As soon as children read 100 books, they will receive a book bag and the first reading patch which can be put on their book bag.  Every time children finish another 100 books, they will receive other patches until they have 10 patches and have finished the program.  When children have read 1000 books, they will receive a prize, and their picture will be added to our 1,000 Books Hall of Fame. 
For more information about the 1,000 Book Club, call the Peabody Public Library's children's department at 244-5541.

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