The Westhampton Free Library has launched a new program taking aim at families with children under the age of 5.
The program, called 1,000 Books Before Kindergarden, kicked off on Monday at the library with a call out for registration.
The program requires parents to read to their children, 1,000 books before their tots become school-age.
In return, prizes are awarded.
According to the library, studies have shown that families who start reading aloud to their children at birth help to strengthen their language skills and build their vocabulary – two important tools for beginning to learn to read when they enter kindergarten.
Reading 1,000 books before kindergarden, said the library is not a hard task, In fact, the library states that if you read only one bedtime story every night for three years, you will have read 1095 books and if you read 10 books each week for two years, you will have read 1040 — double that rate to read 1000 books in one year.
Patch wants to know: Which books are your children's favorites at bedtime?