News from BCLS: Berkeley libraries partner with other libraries for 1000 Books Before Kindergarten – Berkeley Independent

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The Oct. 2 kick-off event was open to the public and took place at several of the libraries throughout the region. Families were encouraged to come out and learn more about reading programs and resources available in the community.  
A family poses at the Dorchester County Library at the kick-off event on Oct. 2.  BCLS worked with several other libraries and organizations to launch a Lowcountry-wide campaign to promote literacy among children from birth to age 5.

The Oct. 2 kick-off event was open to the public and took place at several of the libraries throughout the region. Families were encouraged to come out and learn more about reading programs and resources available in the community.  
A family poses at the Dorchester County Library at the kick-off event on Oct. 2.  BCLS worked with several other libraries and organizations to launch a Lowcountry-wide campaign to promote literacy among children from birth to age 5.
Berkeley County Library System is partnering with libraries in Charleston and Dorchester County and Trident United Way to promote literacy in children 5 and younger. and prepare them for entering kindergarten.
BCLS, Trident, Charleston County Public Library and Dorchester County Library held a kick-off event for the national program 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten on Oct. 2, according to a BCLS press release. The organizations are currently working with parents of children from birth to age 5 to improve regional literacy gaps. The kick-off event included games and allowed families to learn about community resources available in the area.
According to a kindergarten readiness assessment published in 2020, 74 percent of Berkeley County students began kindergarten unprepared for reading, the release says. The libraries’ promotion of 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten aims to change that by encouraging parents to read 1,000 books to their child before the child begins school.
Since October, BCLS has registered 48 children for the program.
“Reading to your child is a wonderful activity you can share with your child. It helps to build their listening skills and vocabulary,” said Sharon Fashion, who is the deputy library director and youth services coordinator for Berkeley County Library Systems.
Anyone interested in becoming part of the program is encouraged to get involved. Staff at the library said that the partnership is crucial in boosting reading development throughout the region.
Individuals interested in participating in the program or looking to find more information about it can contact Sharon Fashion at [email protected] or 843-719-4227.
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