1000th child to tackle 1000 books

A Craigieburn girl has become the 1000th child to register for Hume City Council’s 1000 Books Before School program.

Gurseerat Bajwa recently attended Craigieburn Library with her mother, Satinder, to sign-up for the challenge.

Council hopes the 11 month old will now attempt to read, or have read to her, 1000 books before her first day of grade prep.

Hume Mayor, Councillor Helen Patsikatheodorou, today wished Gurseerat all the best.

“Gurseerat has taken on one of her first big challenges in life, and I want everyone to know that Hume City Council is behind her all the way,” Cr Patsikatheodorou said.

“We are thrilled that so many children have signed-up for 1000 Books Before School, because the program is designed to help build vocabulary and language skills.

“Life is full of so many wonderful stories, and we want children to cultivate the desire to explore and learn.

“The branches of Hume Libraries accommodate lots of picture books, and participants in 1000 Books Before School are able to borrow titles on many interesting topics.”

People can register for 1000 Books Before School at any Hume Libraries branch, and there is no cost.

Children receive a reading record to help keep track of the number of books they complete.

Hume Libraries provides special stickers to children every time they finish 100 books, as well as rewards at the 100, 250, 500, 750, and 1000 book milestones.

Cr Patsikatheodorou said that families might be surprised at how quickly some children get through the challenge.

“It usually takes about five minutes to read one picture book,” she said.

“If you read to a child for 15 minutes every day, that child will reach the 1000 books milestone in just 12 months.

“The program is a terrific means to encourage children to read regularly, and books are certain to develop imaginations.

“Picture books help children to learn about people and the way they live, and Hume’s library staff members are always happy to assist parents to select suitable reading material.

“1000 Books Before School offers a great chance for parents and carers to introduce their children to a Hume library, and investigate the many different types of books that are available to borrow.”

Participants in the 1000 Books Before School challenge can recognise multiple reads of the same book in their reading count.

More than 160 participants have read 100 books, and in excess of 40 children have completed 250 books.

Hume City Council wants to help residents learn throughout their life.

For further information about the 1000 Books Before School challenge, visit www.humelibraries.vic.gov.au

Posted on 12:00 AM, 16 November 2015

Updated : 6:04 PM, 16 November 2015

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