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Reading Programs

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Reading is a year-round activity. The Library participates in 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten for the little ones and  has the dog-friendly program Paws to Read to encourage insecure readers to read aloud to our furry friends. 

1,000 Books Before Kindergarten

From 1000 Books Before Kindergarten:

Numerous studies have established that by age three (3), a child’s brain has reached 80 percent of its adult volume.The brain develops most rapidly during the first 1,000 days of a child’s life. A toddler’s brain creates up to two million new connections every second. Early experiences and interactions are a key factor in a child’s brain development. The ability to learn language skills is greatest before the age of six (6). Early literacy skills have a lifelong impact on educational and occupational success. The most important predictor of school success is being read to at home during early childhood

Finally, if you read just one book a day with your child, you’ll reach 1,000 books in less than three years.

The Goleta Valley Library happily participates with this very important program. Just come to the Reference Desk and get reading records for your young children. After you read 100 books together, bring in the reading record and Staff will give your child a reading stamper and a new reading chart. If your child likes the same book night after night, it counts every time you read it! Repetition is a great thing for early listeners.

Paws to Read

Many children are intimidated by reading aloud, whether they are shy, have difficulty reading, or for other reasons. Research studies have proven that reading to an uncritical audience can greatly increase a child’s self-confidence and his/her enthusiasm about reading for pleasure.

Because of this, children will love reading out loud to a non-critical, loving listener in this project where the Goleta Valley Library partners with the Channel City Kennel Club. Our dogs are caring listeners who love nothing more than to sit with youngsters, listening to them read library books.

School-aged children who are able to read independently may sign up for 15-minute sessions on a first-come, first-served basis.  Sign-ups open 30 minutes before the program starts.

PAWS to read is offered Tuesdays from 4:00 – 5:00 p.m. and Thursdays from 3:00 – 4:30 p.m.