The Stanislaus County Library has introduced a new program, “1, 000 Books Before Kindergarten,” for infants, toddlers and preschool-aged children. The library is encouraging parents to read to children before they begin kindergarten—a goal children need to help them read for themselves, experts say. Reading together helps develop key pre-literacy skills, the seeds to future learning success, which provides a strong reading foundation.

The program has two steps: (1) read together; and (2) color in a seed on the reading log for each book read. It does count if the parent reads the book more than once. Record the reading each time by coloring in a different seed. 

After parents finish reading 100 books, they can stop by the library with the completed reading log and get the next reading log, as well as a special sticker to take home.  

When the 1,000 books are read, the child will receive a special prize and a head start to success in school.

The Patterson Branch Library has numerous books that can be borrowed during library hours and read to children anytime.   

The Patterson Branch Library’s regular hours are Monday and Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday from noon to 5 p.m. The library is closed Friday and Sunday 

For information, call the Patterson Branch Library at 892-6473.

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