Brockway Library Offers 1000 Books Before Kindergarten

BROCKWAY, Pa. (EYT) – Denise Wright volunteered at Mengle Memorial Library years ago, and that institution and the love of reading are very dear to her heart.

Little Charlotte Calhoun celebrates 300 books read at Mengle Memorial Library.

That is one of the reasons why Denise and Bud Wright made a monetary donation to give every child who joins the 1000 Books Before Kindergarten Program their own book.

“My husband and I are happy to show our appreciation and support of the Mengle Memorial Library through contributions, memorial donations, and utilization of the library,” Wright said. “Contributing to the 1000 Books Before Kindergarten Program, making a donation in memory of an individual or loved one, or visiting the library for the latest books and magazines, are some of the ways we try to show how important the Mengle Memorial Library is to us.”

This week is National Libraries Week, and programs like the one Wright donated to are being highlighted across the area.

1000 Books Before Kindergarten is a program that encourages parents to bond with their children through reading. The Foundation that operates the program reported on its website that 1 in 5 children have difficulties reading, and many do not have books read to them before formal education starts at kindergarten.

At Mengle, the program gives out books as an incentive to read. Programs like this can benefit children no matter how much their parents read to them. Recently, little Charlotte Calhoun finished her 300th book at Mengle’s story hour. Brockway Librarian Darlene Marshall said that the little reader comes from solid reading history.

“Her mom is Carrie Calhoun,” Marshall said. “She has fond memories of the library because Lois Miller, our previous library director, is Carrie’s grandmother. She’d get to help check out books and work behind the desk with her grandmother when she was young.”

Mengle and other Jefferson Country Libraries had this program available to children in their communities. More information can be found at the Jefferson County Libraries’ website or by visiting a local library.

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