1000 Books B4 Kindergarten
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Giving Young Children the Tools to Become Successful Readers

1,000 Books B4 Kindergarten is a new library partnership program with Georgia Public Library Services that encourages all Lumpkin & Dawson County families to read 1,000 books with their young children before they enter kindergarten. Studies have shown that families who start reading aloud to their children at birth help to strengthen their language skills and build their vocabulary, important tools for learning to read when they enter kindergarten.

How Does 1,000 Books B4 Kindergarten Work?

  • Stop by the Youth Services desk at your local library to pick up your first reading log, or download the app available for Android or iPhone.
  • Track your reading. Each time you read a book with your child, fill in a circle on the reading log.
  • Drop by either library to have your reading log checked. You’ll receive a small prize and have your books counted toward the 1000 books goal!

1,000 Books B4 Kindergarten FAQ

Can I count books I read to my child before I registered?

No, the program begins for your family on the day you register, and you only count books you read after registering.

My child likes to read the same book over and over again. How do I count that?

You count the book every time you read it. If you read the same book 10 times, you count it ten times.

Can I count books that are read to my child in school or by my nanny or daycare provider?

Yes, any book that is read to your child counts.

Do the books have to be library books?

No, every book you read counts, whether it’s a library book, your own book, a friend’s book, etc.

My child likes to listen to books on the computer/tablet/e-reader/etc. Can I count them?

As long as your child listens to the whole book, it counts!

Helpful links:

  • Read more about 1000 Books B4 Kindergarten on GPLS’s program webpage.
  • Download the 1000 Books B4 Kindergarten app available for Android or iPhone.
  • Print off reading logs from home by clicking here.
ABCmouse Early Learning Academy
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Only available onsite at Dawson and Lumpkin County Libraries.

The award-winning ABCmouse.com curriculum is designed to help young children (ages 2–7+) build a strong foundation for academic success. ABCmouse.com is 100% educational, with more than 4,000 learning activities across all major subject areas-reading, math, science, social studies, art, and music. Best of all, kids love it. And it’s free to use inside the library!

ABCmouse.com is subscription-based, with no advertising, pop-up ads, or links to other sites. Children can learn and explore with their parents, or on their own (depending on age and ability), in a safe and secure online educational environment.

Click here to start learning with ABCmouse!

Dawson County Wee Books Program

Wee Books is a literacy program that provides Dawson County children with a free monthly age-appropriate book every year until they reach the age of five. The book arrives by mail every month, creating excitement and a love for reading.

If you are interested in registering your child for this program:

  • Stop at the library and pick up a registration form,
  • Call 706-216-0173, or
  • Register online at Ferst Foundation .

If you are interested in sponsoring a child, contact Carol Barry at 706-216-6323.
Dawson County Wee Books Program
PO Box 1883
Dawsonville, GA 30534

In partnership with

Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library

Dolly Parton launched her Imagination Library in 1995. Dolly’s vision was to foster a love of reading among preschool children and their families by mailing high quality, age-appropriate books directly to their homes each month. She wanted children to be excited about books and to feel the magic that books can create.

Currently, over 1600 local communities in the United States, Canada,  and the United Kingdom provide Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library to their children. Reports have shown that children enrolled in the program show tremendous improvement in early childhood literacy.

Click here to enroll your child in Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library today!

eRead Kids
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Build confidence, improve reading skills, and have fun with eRead Kids, a digital library available through all public libraries in Georgia.

This free collection of ebooks and audio books is for kids pre-K through fourth grade. It’s a mix of fiction and non-fiction titles that can be downloaded onto computers, tablets, and smartphones, giving young readers access to over 15,000 books.

Click here to check out eRead Kids anywhere with an internet connection. You only need your library card number and account password to log in. You can also access eRead Kids through the Axis 360 mobile app on your Android or Apple device. All for free through your local library!

Contacts

For more information about early literacy and other children’s programs, please contact:

Dawson County Library
Leah Weber
706-344-3690, ext. 24
lweber@chestateelibrary.org

Lumpkin County Library
Andrea Tucker
706-864-3668, ext. 223
atucker@chestateelibrary.org