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‘1,000 Books Before Kindergarten’

Posted on Tuesday, August 6, 2019 at 10:19 am

The Richmond County Public Library at Rappahannock Community College’s Warsaw campus is happy to announce that Jackson Elbourn, age 3, has become the fourth child at their library to complete the library’s 1000 Books Before Kindergarten program.  Jackson is the son of Steven and Jacqui Elbourn of Warsaw.  As the program requires, they wrote into their logbook each book that was read aloud to Jackson or that he read himself. In addition to his parents, Jackson enjoyed reading with his Grandpa, Nanny and Paw Paw. Jackson has also enjoyed being a participant in the Dolly Parton Imagination Library, which sends him a free book by mail every month until his 5th birthday.

The Richmond County Library became an affiliate of the national 1000 Books Before Kindergarten program in early 2017 and now has approximately 120 children participating locally. The free program is designed to help parents and caregivers give their young children the confidence necessary to become strong readers and successful in school and life. Upon signing up at the Richmond County/RCC library, parents are given a free book bag containing a keepsake hardbound logbook in which they can record the books they have read to their children or the child has read on their own.

Upon reaching milestones on their way, such as 100 Books Read, 200 Books Read, etc., each child’s photo is added to the library’s Children’s Room wall and (with parents’ permission) posted on the Richmond County Public Library Facebook page. Local merchants such as Michelle’s Sweet Treats, T&J’s Dairy Barn, the Thomas Store, the Handy Store, Northern Neck Burger, The Daily, and the Northern Neck Popcorn Bag have also donated small prizes for each 100 books read. To celebrate reaching the 1,000 Books read, Jackson and his family will enjoy a free dessert at Relish Restaurant in Warsaw.

Jackson Elbourn – pictured with his mother, Jacqui Elbourn – is the fourth child to have

finished reading 1000 Books Before Kindergarten with Richmond County Public Library.