Did you know that reading to your child is one of the most powerful ways to boost his or her brain power? The simple and enjoyable act of sharing books helps your child learn pre-reading skills such as understanding the sounds letters make, developing a bigger vocabulary, and building background knowledge—all important skills that help prepare your child for learning to read and entering kindergarten.

To that end, the Jackson County Library System is part of the 1000 Books Before Kindergarten program; a nationwide challenge that promotes early literacy by encouraging parents and caregivers to regularly read aloud to their children. Through the sharing of books, the program promotes a lifelong love of books and reading.

This is a fun, exciting, and free way to start your child on the path to success! Any child ages birth to six years can participate!

Prizes will be given as children pass certain milestones. Once 1,000 books have been reached, each child will get a certificate and additional prizes. Registration can be done at any Jackson County Library Branch. Contact your local branch for more information.