Early literacy challenge

Did you know 34 percent of children entering kindergarten lack the basic language skills needed to learn how to read?girlreadingwmom_180949925

Join the Jefferson-Madison Regional Library (JMRL) in the quest to build early literacy skills by participating in the 1000 Books Before Kindergarten challenge!

How does the challenge work? It’s simple…read!

First, pick up the ‘reading log’ worksheet at any JMRL location or download it online at www.jmrl.org, then color a square on the log for every book you read.

After reading 50 books, bring the worksheet into the library to receive a folder to hold your program materials. After 100 books, participants will receive a tote bag and a sticker for the worksheet.

When you finally reach 1000 books, take home a free book and a certificate of achievement!

If participants get an extra sticker for doing the early literacy activity on each worksheet, they will also receive an extra prize after finishing the program.

For more information, visit the JMRL website at http://www.jmrl.org.

Snuggle With a Book: Winter Reading Program

snuggleMost people underestimate how early a child’s language development begins. Interactions with a child begin to impact language skills beginning not at six months, not at three months, but from the day the baby is born. That doesn’t mean you need to try to recreate preschool in your home. Helping your child be ready to learn to read is as simple as talking, singing, reading, writing, and playing!

JMRL’s Winter Reading Program, which runs from February 1 to March 2, is designed to help you do just that. Pick up an activity sheet at any JMRL location, or download it here to get started. This program is for children from birth up to 5 years old.

As you complete the fun activities, let your child color in the mittens on the sheet. When all 11 are complete, bring the sheet back to the library and your child can choose a free book. So brush off your memories of nursery rhymes and head to the library for some fun books to share! For more early literacy activity ideas, check out the family literacy calendar at DayByDayVA.

Don’t forget that your library card gives you free access to great children’s books and activities online as well. If you haven’t already, visit jmrl.org/databases and click “Kids and Teens” on the left-hand side. There you’ll find encyclopedias and other materials made specifically for children.


If you’re looking for a way to keep the momentum going once the Winter Reading Program ends, check out JMRL’s 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten program. Books read during the Winter Reading Program may also be counted toward the 1,000 books challenge. Stop by any JMRL branch or visit jmrl.org/kids to learn more.