Program inspires local girl to read 1,000 books before kindergarten
SPRING VALLEY — 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten is a foundation that is encouraging parents to read to their children and showing them the different resources at the library. It is up to the individual librarians of how they implement this program.
Typically, participants start reading books to their babies, and it spans over five years. Two of the goals of the foundation are to promote reading to newborns, infants and toddlers, and to encourage parent and child bonding through reading.
However, Allee Riggs officially took a different path. Her mom, Kristy, didn’t even know about the program until the day of her daughter’s preschool graduation when she signed up Allee for her very own library card.
Kristy stated, “Allee reads all the time, we can do that easy!”
Within two short months, several family members, neighbors, friends and many more all had the pleasure of reading to Allee.
Her mom had to take her to the library two to three times a week and carry heavy bags out of the library.
Summer reading is a crazy time at the library. Jeri Loebach is the children’s librarian at the Richard A. Mautino Memorial Library in Spring Valley.
Loebach said: “This summer was particularly busy. However, we are thrilled to be busy here and excited to see so many young children coming to the library. We have a few more who are also trying to read the 1,000 books.”
Allee Riggs is the library’s first participant who completed and turned in the sheets verifying the 1,000 books. Loebach recently presented Allee with a certificate and a small bag of goodies.
But more important, Allee has picked up a love of reading. She has even started to recognize words and knows books read from left to right. Her favorite book is the “The Giving Tree” by Shel Silverstein.
When asked why she signed up her daughter, Kristy Riggs stated: “Both of her grandmas have instilled in her a love of reading and learning. Reading is a family activity in their household with everyone involved.”
Her dad, David Riggs, has read to her every night so she has read way more than 1,000. Her brother, Eli, who has autism, actually came into the library for the presentation, because he was very proud of her. Eli has also read some books 1,000 times but they didn’t know about the program until this summer.