The Richmond County Public Library at Rappahannock Community College’s Warsaw campus is happy to announce that Luke Davis, age 5, has become the sixth child at their library to complete the library’s 1000 Books Before Kindergarten program. Luke is the son of Jason and Jessica Davis of Tappahannock. As the program requires, they wrote into their logbook each book that was read aloud to Luke or that he read himself. Luke’s sisters, Bridget and Josie Davis, also assisted in helping Luke reach this milestone.
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, Luke and his family will enjoy a free dessert at Relish Restaurant in Warsaw.
Luke Davis is the sixth child to have finished reading 1000 Books Before Kindergarten
with Richmond County Public Library since their program began in 2017.