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Finding Opportunities To Learn, Earn And Achieve!


December 23, 2020 | View PDF

Josie Castro (photo submitted).

Five-year-old Josie Castro, Sidney, is pleased to have read 1000 books before kindergarten, earning a prize for each 100 books! While the COVID-19 pandemic delayed the tallying of her books, it also created extra time at home to devour books!

Josie is the daughter of Jon and Laura Castro, Sidney. She and her older brother, Matthias, are homeschooled. In her spare time Josie loves to ride her horse, play outside, and take care of her many animals. She loves to read books about animals, whether it is Clifford or the Green Ember series featuring a rabbit army. Right now she loves to be read to, but she is working hard at learning to read by herself!

To encourage a love of reaching in children like Josie, the Sidney-Richland County Library is promoting "1,000 Books before Kindergarten", a nationwide program that encourages parents and caregivers to read aloud with their children every day. Research continually shows that children who are read aloud to every day before kindergarten will have higher scores and more success when they begin school. Most importantly, sharing books with children promotes a lifelong love of books and learning.

The theme of the Sidney-Richland County Library program is "The Magic of Reading". Children receive a small prize at each 100-level milestone, and at the end of the program participants earn a certificate and t-shirt for successful completion. This program is free to children ages 0-4 and their families. Stop by the library to sign up today!


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