1000 Books Before Kindergarten

The library is please to announce that packets for our new youth reading program are ready to be picked up.  The program is called 1000 Books Before Kindergarten.  As the name states, the goal is for each child to have 1000 books read before they start kindergarten, which includes books that are repeated.  This is a free program!

Participation is easy!  The library will give you a packet that includes a welcome letter with instructions (The 1000 Books Foundation original letter can be found at: http://1000booksbeforekindergarten.org/wp-content/uploads/Program-Instructions.pdf.) and reading logs for all 1000 books.  The next steps are to read with your child(ren) and record to keep track of all books read.  Books to be included on the logs would be any books read at preschool, daycare, library story time, or  by a babysitter, sibling, and other family members.

Any children that meet the age requirements can join the program.  This program is self-paced and may take only a few months to a few years, depending on how often books are read.

When a milestone, every 100 books, are read, you can bring the log into the library and receive a small reward.  This reward could be a sticker, pencil, bookmark, etc.  Your child would also get their name placed on our 1000 Books bulletin board in the Children’s Room.

Near the 1000 Books bulletin board, or on the short table in the main room, the library is planning on placing books that the 1000 Books Foundation believes all young children should hear before kindergarten.  The Foundations list can also be found at: http://1000booksbeforekindergarten.org/wp-content/uploads/Books-Your-Child-Should-Hear-Before-Kindergarten.pdf.  Not all of these books are currently available in the library, but could possibly be inter-library loaned for you.


Happy National Library Week!

We have a few exciting events going on at the library this week, to celebrate National Library Week.

First:  Guess the number of jelly beans.  Put in a guess at the main desk!  Anyone can make a guess.

Second: Have late fines?  Bring in canned or non-perishable items this week,  to reduce them.  1 canned/non-perishable item will take up to $5 off your fines. Please, make sure all items donated are not expired.  All items collect will be given to the Americus Food Pantry.

Third:  1000 Books Before Kindergarten reading program.  This reading program is for children from birth to just entering Kindergarten.  Information packets will be handed out at the end of Story Time.  If you are interested in this program, and will not be at Story Time, please feel free to stop at the library to pick a packet, after Thursday morning.  More information on this program can be found at: 1000BooksBeforeKindergarten.org


Severe Weather Potential Wednesday, March 8

With a chance of severe storms mostly on Wednesday, March 8, we would like to ask you to keep an eye on the weather and remind you of our severe weather policy.  This policy is stated below, listed under the “Policies” heading at the top right of the page, or at the checkout desk.


Severe Weather Policy:  During severe storms or tornadoes the library will monitor the weather closely. If time to evacuate we will go to the Methodist Church at 5th and Walnut unless there is time to close the library. If no time to evacuate we will go to the bathroom on the children’s side or one of the storerooms.

Happy Birthday, Maya Angelou!

Maya Angelou was a poet, author, and civil rights activist.  She was born in St. Louis on April 4, 1928 as Marguerite Annie Johnson.  She died May 28, 2014 after having health issues for several years.  Maya was well known for her poetry and essays, namely her memoir, “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings.”

For more information on Maya Angelou, please visit : http://www.biography.com/people/maya-angelou-9185388