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Program urges reading with kids
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MONROE - The Monroe Public Library is starting a 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten program, which encourages parents to read 1,000 books with their children before the child starts kindergarten.

Early literacy experiences at home, especially reading, help kids become ready to read and succeed later in school.

The program will also include a Little Sprouts: 100 Books Before One component to help parents begin the reading habit early with their little ones. When children register, they will receive a free library bag along with reading records to help track books read.

The program kick-off is set from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Participants will be able to sign up for the program, plant a flower, enjoy treats and pick out books to get started.

Registration will be available in person at the children's desk and online at

The program is free and no pre-registration is required for the in-person event.

For more information, contact the library at 608-328-7010.