Literacy Is A Family Affair!

Have you read to your child today?

The research is in. Kids who read, succeed... and it’s NEVER too early to start reading to your children! When your children learn to associate reading with pleasure, they are more likely to enjoy reading on their own in later years. That means they are on an equal footing with others in the classroom and in life! No special tools or toys are required—all you need is to incorporate purposeful activities into everyday life. Some of the things you can do with your children are talking, singing, reading and playing. The ways you talk, read and play with your children make a difference in their language development which is the basis for later reading.

mother and daughter reading together

Literacy Texts

The Library’s new “Literacy Text” service will help inspire or remind you about daily activities to build this habit of reading in the home. Sign up to get family activity prompts & ideas sent right to your mobile phone every Thursday evening!

To get started, text the word LITERACY to (225) 400-1336.

Please be assured that your telephone number will not be used for any other purpose. Unsubscribe at any time by texting OPT OUT. Standard message and data rates may apply.

1,000 Books Before Kindergarten

The concept is simple, and the rewards are priceless!

Read a book (any book) to your child or children -- infant, toddler and/or preschooler -- as part of the East Baton Rouge Parish Library’s 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten Program. If your child asks for you to read the same book more than once, please do -- over and over!

The goal is to have read 1,000 books to your child before he or she starts kindergarten. If you read just one book a night, you will have read about 365 books in a year. That is 730 books in two years and 1,095 books in three years. If you consider that most children start kindergarten at around age 5, you have more time than you think.

Parents can enroll in the program at your local Each Baton Rouge Parish Library branch’s Children’s Room. Any of our 14 branches’ Children’s Room Library staff can even offer book title suggestions, too. And when your child reaches the goals of 250, 500, 750 and 1,000 books, your East Baton rouge Parish Library will have special reading incentive gifts just for them. They include:

  • 250 books – A special sticker and a book bag
  • 500 books – A special sticker and a decal of Off We Go! by Will Hillenbrand
  • 750 books – A special sticker and a poster of Off We Go!
  • 1,000 books – A special sticker and a certificate of merit, a copy of Off We Go! by Will Hillenbrand and an invitation to a special party to be held every August at the Main Library at Goodwood for those who complete the program.

The program ends when your child reaches 1,000 book OR starts Kindergarten. But the gift of reading lasts a lifetime!

For more information, check out the flyer.

1,000 Books Beyond Kindergarten: Reading Is Elementary

This program is for any student in elementary school, from kindergarten through 5th grade. Students should come to the Children’s Room at any one of 14 Library locations to obtain a Reading Log to take home.

After reading five books and recording them on the Reading Log, the student can take it back to the Library to receive a stamp on their Reading Log, and a fun reading patch! Books can be completed in any format—hard copy, audio, ebook or graphic novel.

reading badge

For every five books read up to 50, students will receive a stamp and reading patch. Once the 50 books patch is earned, the student should continue reading, though not to earn a new patch. Instead, for every five books read, the student’s name will be entered into a yearly drawing for a chance to win a $100 gift card to Wal-Mart!

For more information, call Pabby Arnold at (225) 924-9389, or send her an email to parnold@ebrpl.com. Happy Reading!

Download the flyer.