Macedon Public Library, 30 Main St., recently launched its 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten program, which encourages parents and caregivers to read to children before they enter school.
“We know reading aloud to children before they begin school gives kids an advantage because it exposes them to rich language, appropriate grammatical structure, an awareness of letters in print and an awareness of letters making sounds and joining together to make words,” said Stacey Wicksall, library director. “Kids who read know more language and avoid the 30 million word gap that quickly derails those who do not have anyone reading aloud to them.”
Artist Rand Darrow painted a replica of “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” in the Discovery Room to track each participant’s progress. Children will have their picture taken once they register for the program. Each time they read 50 books, they will receive a small prize and their picture will move on the caterpillar mural to reflect their achievement.
For information, call 315-986-5932 or visit macedonpubliclibrary.org.