Preschoolers’ stuffed animals into mischief at ‘1,000 Books Before Kindergarten’

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Jordan Gerard

Preschoolers enjoyed story time with their stuffed animals at the library and then left their friends at the library for a sleepover.

About 12 preschoolers attended Spring Grove Public Library’s “1,000 Books Before Kindergarten” on April 23.

The program encourages parents and caregivers to read to preschoolers.

The event has been hosted for many years as many college kids today have developed their love of reading from the event, Johnson added.

“Reading at an early age can never start too early,” she said. “It makes them a reader for life. They formulate language and words at an early age.”

Preschoolers in pajamas enjoyed social hour with juice and cookies, story time and a dance party with their stuffed animals.

Parents learned about reading habits of young children and were able to compare notes with other parents. 

“If they read in bits and pieces of a picture book, that’s okay,” Johnson said. “Oftentimes kids want the same book over and over again, and that’s okay. Kids get to the point where they memorize and sight-read.”

She added that was normal reading behavior, and the same book counted toward the 1,000 books before kindergarten.

Soon, it was time for the kids to go home and to bed, and for the toys to go to bed at the library. Those toys had other ideas though. They played games, climbed the bookshelves and got into mischief.

“The animals had a wild night at the library,” Johnson said.

The antics were captured on camera and posted to the library’s Facebook page.

Johnson added the kids left their toys at the library with excitement and trepidation.

Five kids who graduated from preschool and are heading to kindergarten next fall were recognized.

Summer reading program

Johnson also looked forward to the arrival of summer and the library’s summer reading program. The theme this year is “Reading Takes You Everywhere.” 

Many activities are planned starting in June. The program runs about six weeks.

Activities will be held at the library, where kids can also pick up their “passports” and explore other countries through reading. They’ll also have the chance to explore outer space and fantasylands. 

New this year is a chance to explore county history. Five libraries in Houston County wrote a grant to host a special program this year.

The library in each community (Spring Grove, Caledonia, Hokah, Houston and La Crescent) selected four sites to be designated as history sites, or sites that have historical or natural value to encourage families to get outside and explore the county this summer.

For Spring Grove, those are the library, Norwegian Ridge Birding Trail, Spring Grove Soda Pop, Inc. and the Spring Grove Aquatic Center.

Booklets for participants will be available and distributed at the libraries. The goal is to travel around the county at their own pace and make a rubbing from the metal tile on a post at the sites.

A short paragraph on the opposite page will give more information about the spot.

Johnson said through the program, the libraries hope to build “some pride among our residents in the amazing sites this county has to offer.”

The Houston County Historical Society will be contributing the historical information about the selected sites. The program is free to participate in.