All the “1,000 Books with Clifford” events are free and are intended for families with children under age 5. No registration is required to attend.
As an added bonus, the library will be raffling off family four-packs to the Center for Puppetry Arts at the "1,000 Books with Clifford" programs. All attending families are encouraged to enter the raffle.
“Clifford is coming to help the library kick off the 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten program because he is a familiar character to many young readers. Having a character they know and love is important to spark their interest in books and building their early literacy skills,” says Laura Bradley, Program Manager.
Research cited by the Georgia Public Library Service indicates that a significant number of students are entering kindergarten without the early literacy skills required to become independent readers. And children that have trouble reading are more likely have trouble learning new skills and concepts.
Families are encouraged to keep track of their progress with a free Reading Log. All stories and books count – even books read to the child at grandma’s house or books you’ve read more than once.
As the child reaches various milestones, they can visit the library for a commemorative photo. The library is also providing tips and information on early literacy on the #1000BooksB4K section of the Bookmarked Blog and will be hosting special 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten storytimes throughout the year.
For more information about the upcoming “1,000 Books with Clifford” events or the 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten program, please visit www.forsythpl.org.