February is “I Love to Read” month, and at the Marshall-Lyon County Library, Feb. 1st is also the kick-off for the “1000 Books Before Kindergarten” initiative. This program, offered in collaboration with the United Way of Southwest Minnesota, encourages parents to read to their infants, toddlers, and preschoolers, with a goal of reading 1000 books with their little ones before the children enter Kindergarten. If a parent or other special person were to read just 1 book a night to a child, then the child will have read 365 books in a year. That is 730 books in two years and 1,095 books in three years. Reading the same book more than once is okay, and the books do not have to be from the library. Program participants will receive a book bag, folder and log sheet. The library will keep the completed log sheets for families. There will be a graduation ceremony & party upon the completion of the 1000 books. A list of recommended “best books for children” will be included as part of the 1000 books to read.
Stop by the library in Marshall, Balaton or Cottonwood on Saturday, Feb. 1 for “Take Your Child to the Library Day,” with story time and activities. This is a great day to get library cards for kids and parents. (Parents: please bring proof of your current address and a picture I.D.)
The library is open 10 am to 3 pm on Saturdays, 9:30 – 7:30 M-Th, and 9:30 – 5:30 on Fridays.
For more information, call 507-537-7003 or visit the webpage, marshalllyonlibrary.org