Planning to read 1,000 books in Ely

The Ely Public Library has announced a new program, “1,000 Books Before Kindergarten” that will encourage reading to and for children in preparation for kindergarten. Although 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten is a national literacy movement; Ely is the first community in the Arrowhead Regional Library System to implement it.
The premise is straight forward - children who listen to stories have an easier transition to school and learning. Sharing a picture book with a child will help them build skills they will need later when they begin to read as individuals.
Parents or guardians sign up a child, ages birth through kindergarten, and receive a binder with great ideas for building pre-reading skills, a list of books in the library that hit the spot for kids and encouragement that 1,000 books isn’t so many, after all. For every 100 books read, the child will receive a prize.
Come into the library at 224 E Chapman Street to sign up for this program. For more information, please call 218-365-5140. Also, watch for some fun things happening at the library the week of April 13 as we celebration National Library Week!

1,000 Books Before Kindergarten? It started at the Ely Public Library this week with the Dunn family: Kevin, Jessie, Lucy, Sally and Emily reading their first title for the challenge.