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1000 Books Before Kindergarten
This program encourages your family to complete a goal of sharing 1,000 books with your child before he or she reaches Kindergarten. Each book you share is helping to build an early learning foundation that can help your child develop language, increase attention spans, expand vocabulary, and improve listening skills. Most importantly, when you take the time to enjoy books together, you are introducing a love of reading that can stay with your child for life!
Anyone with an El Paso Library card can register their child from the day he or she is born to the day he or she enters Kindergarten. Register at the Children’s Library Desk and receive your 1,000 books bag and reading log. Each time you read a book with your child, record it on your reading log. Every 100 books, return your reading log to the Children’s Library Desk to claim your reading reward. The rewards are stickers for some goals and books to take home and keep for others.
If you read one book per day, it will take 3 years to complete the goal. If you read 3 books per day, it will take one year. Read whatever amount works for your family. The program runs all year at the library, the only requirement is that all rewards be redeemed before the child’s first day of Kindergarten.
Even if you and your child don’t make the 1000 book goal, wouldn’t it be fun to try? The days when you get to read to your child are so precious and the time goes fast. The ‘reading to your child’ stage may become one of your favorite lifetime memories.
You can download the 1000 Books Before Kindergarten brochure. You can also download a reading log to get started. There are two types of reading logs: one where you color in a circle each time the child is read a book and one in which you write the title of the books down each time.
Free Books for Newborns
The Friends of the El Paso District Library have started a program to give newborn babies a free book. Come to the library if you have a new baby and we can set you up!
Each year the library celebrates Children's Book Week during the first week in May. Children's Book Week is a nation-wide library event in which there is an extra effort made to entice young children and young people to read! There will be special activities planned during this week for children.
Summer Reading - Every summer the library has a summer reading program for both kids and adults. It encourages children (and also young adults and adults) to read by providing small prizes after certain goals are met. Story hours, crafts, and many special activities and games are also part of Summer reading.