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Lafourche library to launch 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten program

Lafourche library to launch 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten program

It’s never too soon to encourage children to read.

With that in mind, the Lafourche Parish Public Library is launching 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten at its library branches in September.

The goal behind this reading initiative is simple, but ambitious: to have children experience 1,000 books before they set foot in a kindergarten classroom.

Ultimately, the program aims to have children ready to read by kindergarten and foster positive interaction between parents and children and with their local library.

In September, all branches of the library will host programs wherein staff members will introduce the 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten to parents attending.

Those familiar with the library’s annual Summer Reading Program will recognize many aspects of this new program. Parents can register their children, from birth through kindergarten, at any library branch and will be given information about the program and their child’s first reading log.

Each time the child reaches certain milestones, for 100, 300, or 500 books, for example, rewards follow. When the child reaches 1,000 books, they can take part in a graduation ceremony, where they’ll receive a graduation certificate, book, bag, and graduation cap. They can also have their photo taken to be displayed at their library branch’s Wall of Fame photo display.

To become a program “graduate,” children who register must complete the 1,000 books challenge by August 1 of the year in which they enter kindergarten.

Each year, the library will also host celebration events for those children who participate.
For more information, stop by your local library branch in September or visit the following library branches during these children’s programs:

- South Lafourche Branch, 16241 E. Main Street, Cut Off: September 1, 10:30 a.m.

- Golden Meadow Branch, 1403 N. Bayou Drive: September 1, 5 p.m.

- Raceland Branch, 177 Recreation Drive: September 2, 10:30 a.m.

- Gheens Branch, 153 N. Leon Drive: September 2, 4:30 p.m.

- Lockport Branch, 720 Crescent Avenue: September 3, 10:30 a.m.

- Larose Branch, 305 E. Fifth Street: September 3, 11 a.m.

Library visitors in September can learn more about keeping their children healthy and safe, with the help of a few special guests. Check out these free programs.

Learn more about children and car seat and seat belt safety when representatives of Lady of the Sea General Hospital’s The Learning Center visit the Larose Library on September 10, at 12 p.m. and the Golden Meadow Library on September 18, from 1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

For more library events, visit the library’s website at or pick up a copy of your library branch’s monthly calendar.

Katina Gaudet is the librarian at the South Lafourche Branch Library. She can be reached at 632-7140 or