York County Libraries Recognize 1000 Books Before Kindergarten Readers

York County Libraries (YCL) recognized 74 children and their families for reading 1000 books during the Third Annual 1000 Books Before Kindergarten Celebration via Zoom.  YCL’s initiative is an offshoot of a national program that encourages families to prepare children for school by reading 1000 books before they start kindergarten.
YCL President Robert F. Lambert kicked off the celebration commending attendees for their achievement.  “It is so exciting to be here tonight to celebrate all the hard work that you, parents, and you, children, have put into the task of reading 1000 books before kindergarten,” said Lambert.  “You made reading a priority and on behalf of York County Libraries, we want to thank you from the bottom of our hearts.  I also want to thank the caregivers and parents here tonight because without you we would not be here celebrating.” 
Joining York County Libraries to recognize this year’s 1000 book achievers was acclaimed children’s author and illustrator Lindsay Barrett George.   She told attendees, “Here’s my number one favorite fun fact.  Your home is the ultimate brain growing place.”  According to George, reading books are key to helping kids learn language, love stories and love reading.  And the end of the story is the perfect time for parents to talk with children about what might happen next. 
During the ceremony, guest speaker Delma Rivera-Lytle, diversity education specialist for the Central York School District, congratulated the children and their families for reading 1000 books. “To the 74 students that have accomplished the goal of reaching 1000 books, I congratulate you.  And I congratulate your parents and your families who have taken the time and instilled the importance and love of reading books,” said Rivera-Lytle. “This is a lasting legacy that they have given you.  So, I applaud you.  You have reached the goal of 1000 books. Now, let’s move on to the next 1000!”
A component of YCL’s 1000 Books Before Kindergarten is an annual workshop for parents and professionals. This year, York County Libraries are hosting a free online educational workshop series featuring Lindsay Barrett George, child development experts, and youth services librarians. The series runs through November 30 and is a key part of YCL’s signature 1000 Books Before Kindergarten program.  Viewed on demand, the workshops provide tips and strategies for developing language skills, building resiliency, taking learning outdoors, and using play to increase knowledge.  Interested individuals should register online at yorklibraries.org/1000books-workshop to receive the private YouTube link to view the series.
York County Libraries include 13 libraries that provide the latest in print and electronic information, best sellers, Wi-Fi, story times, book discussions and more.  Their librarians are passionate advocates for lifelong learning, providing opportunities and resources for all ages.  Through early childhood literacy programs, they ignite a love of reading and learning in young children and empower parents as their children’s first teachers.  To learn more about York County Libraries’ programs, services, and resources, go to yorklibraries.org

Deb Sullivan                                                          
Community Relations Director                                      
York County Libraries                                                     
159 E. Market Street                                                      
York, PA 17401                                                                
(717) 849-6931