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BCLS Announces 1000 Books Before Kindergarten Book Kits

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Berkeley County Library System is providing multiple children’s picture books, in various categories, in an easy-to-checkout kit as an initiative with “1,000 Books Before Kindergarten,” an early-literacy program for ages birth to five, to improve regional literacy gaps.

  • During birth to 5 years old, 90% of a child’s brain development occurs (Center for the Developing Child, Harvard University, 2021)
  • According to a 2020 Kindergarten Readiness Assessment in South Carolina, 74% of Berkeley County children are considered “not ready” when starting kindergarten
  • More than one million new neural connections are formed every second during the first few years of life.  (Center for the Developing Child, Harvard University, 2021)

“1,000 Books Before Kindergarten” provides parents and caregivers the ability to checkout several books without having to select individual books at the library. BCLS is providing a variety of interesting categories for children with 5-10 categorized books in each kit.

To get started, visit berkeleylibrarysc.org/1000books.

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