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1000 Books Before School for Early Literacy Skills

Kickstart your child’s literacy skills! Bathurst Library is adding a new program to its suite of early literacy programs and will launch the 1000 Books Before School program in February.

This program is designed to build important literacy skills prior to children starting
school. Any book a child reads, or listens to, or a parent reads to a child, can count
towards this goal.

Participating children will receive a very special children’s library bag when
registering, with little prizes as rewards for milestones along the way. Members of the
community can sign up for the program via the free online Beanstack Tracker app.
The challenge ends once a child starts Kindergarten or reaches the 1000 books read

Manager of Bathurst Library, Patou Clerc, emphasises the importance of starting
young with literacy. “Research shows a child’s brain rapidly develops and doubles in
size in the first year. Engaging children in reading, talking, playing and singing
everyday can help lay an important foundation for children’s futures.”

Bathurst Library has thousands of books, audio books and online resources where
children can read and listen to stories to help them with the program. There are also
regular children’s Storytime’s and Baby Rhyme Time programs run throughout school
terms. Membership to the library is free and available to anyone within the Bathurst

For more details, or to register for the program, visit
or call the team on 6333 6281.

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