The Rotary Club of Melfort is proud to sponsor a new initiative called 1000 Books Before Kindergarten program at the Melfort Public Library. This is an established non-profit program throughout the U.S., Alberta, and Ontario. We are the first library in Saskatchewan to offer this program! The program encourages parents to regularly read aloud to their children. By reading just 1 book a night, families can reach the 1000 book goal in 3 years and provide their children essential literacy skills.
Research shows that the most reliable predictor of school success is being read to during early childhood. Reading together from an early age can close the vocabulary gap and prepare children to enter kindergarten with the skills they need to succeed. Most importantly, sharing books with kids promotes a lifelong love of books and reading.
The 1000 Books Before Kindergarten program is available to families with kids between 0 - 5 years, up until they start kindergarten. Each child enrolling will be given a book bag and a bookmark. The Rotary Club of Melfort is partnering with the Melfort Public Library to provide this program.

This is the very first registrant in the 1000 books program.  He was excited to get his book bag!
32 kids have registered in the first 3 days so the project is off to a great start.