Growing Readers

DID YOU KNOW?

  • Learning to read should begin before your child enters Kindergarten?
  • The best way to encourage your child to read is for you to read to him or her?
  • Families who read together improve their children’s vocabulary?
  • Children with larger vocabularies become better readers?

Growing Readers is a free & self-paced program.  It’s easy to participate – and the rewards are priceless. 

 

HOW IT WORKS

Download “how it works” instructions

#1 | Register your little reader by calling a branch, signing up on READsquared, or emailing growingreaders@albanypubliclibrary.org to register your little reader. We’ll make an appointment for you to pick up a Growing Readers bag. The welcome bag includes your first free book.

#2 | Track every time a book is read to your child. You can do this one of two ways: 

Sign up online via the READsquared website or the free app for Android and for IOS devices.

OR, use a paper tracker. These are supplied in your Growing Readers bag. There is one tracker for every 50 books read, from the first book to the one-thousandth book. You can download and print the paper trackers from here:

Tracker #1 (books 1-50)  Tracker #2 (books 51-100)  Tracker #3 (books 101-150)  Tracker #4 (books 151-200)  

Tracker #5 (books 201-250)  Tracker #6 (books 251-300)  Tracker #7 (books 301-350)  Tracker #8 (books 351-400) 

Tracker #9 (books 401-450)  Tracker #10 (books 451-500)  Tracker #11 (books 501-550)  Tracker #12 (books 551-600)

Tracker #13 (books 601-650)  Tracker #14 (books 651-700)  Tracker #15 (books 701-750)  Tracker #16 (books 751-800)

Tracker #17 (books 801-850)  Tracker #18 (books 851-900)  Tracker #19 (books 901-950)  Tracker #20 (books 951-1,000)

#3 | Earn prizes for every 100 books read.

# 4 | Complete the program by reading 1,000 books.

 

1,000 SOUNDS LIKE A LOT OF BOOKS, BUT IT’S REALLY NOT! 

Here are a few ways you can get to 1,000 books with your little Growing Reader:

Complete the program in 1 year =  Read 3 books every DAY

Complete the program in 3 years = Read 1 book every DAY

Complete the program in 5 years = Read 4 books every WEEK

See?  It’s easy!  

For more information, email growingreaders@albanypubliclibrary.org or call one of our branches.

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