Launch of the reading program for young people

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Todd PittengerFebruary 6, 2022

The Salina Public Library participates in an active reading program for young people.

According to the organization, the “1000 Books Before Kindergarten” effort aims to promote literacy among kindergarten children in the Salina area. Salina Public Library’s latest program began in January and will continue throughout the year.

This national challenge for young people and their parents/guardians is an easy way to prepare them to learn and read by sharing books together. Tracking sheets are available at the Youth Service counter, located on the lower level of the library, or can be downloaded online. The age range for participation is from birth to 5 years old.

There are also incentives for younger readers along the way. Prizes will be awarded after reading 100, 500 and 1,000 books. Those who complete 1,000 books will also receive a certificate of completion and a shoutout on SPL’s social media. The response has been positive from customers so far within a few weeks of the program’s launch, much to the delight of the staff.

“We couldn’t be more excited to launch this program here at the library,” said Heather Mettlen, Youth Programmer. “It is extremely important for a child’s literacy and brain development to start reading early in life. Our goal with this program is to create that environment at home.

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