Every month is reading month for Dewitt Public Library

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1000 Books Before Kindergarten sign posted in the Dewitt Public Library's children's corner

March was a busy time for libraries, as it was National Reading Month.

However, Jozefa Rogocki, a librarian at the Dewitt Public Library, said they’re constantly throwing programs year round for the kids, so March is no different.

One program Dewitt Public Library participates in is ‘Thousand Books Before Kindergarten’.

Part of a county-wide initiative, the program celebrates the young children of Dewitt’s literary achievements.

“They take photographs of the kids as they read every hundred books and everything until they get to one thousand,” said Rogocki.

This month, Rogocki said they had a special event for the kids who got to one thousand.

“This has a big impact on their reading because the kids are being challenged to kind of reach a certain number and they get a badge, they get a finger puppet, they get gifts and things,” said Rogocki.

Other events the library hosts includes weekly baby and me storytimes and twice a week family storytimes.

Mindy Schafer, the Youth Services Coordinator for the library, said the events are popular overall.

“The community definitely welcomes our regular story times,” said Schafer.

The library recently kicked off a new book club called the Pizza and Pages Book Club for upper elementary students, which will be starting next week.

“[They] get together and just talk about what they’ve been reading, so they’re not going to all read the same book like you would in traditional book club,” said Schafer. “It’s just kind of to get together and chat about what they read, what they liked, what they didn’t like type of thing.”

Megan Ries, a teacher at Michigan Connections Academy who visits the Dewitt Public Library often with her daughter, said she has seen the benefit of early reading firsthand.

“I’m a teacher, so I do know, like, the effects of starting reading really young and knowing how many books a kid reads really has a good correlation to how successful they are in the future,” said Ries.