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'1,000 Books' promotes language skills in young children

2:41 PM, Aug. 28, 2013
Kim Grosskreutz reads for her 6-year-old son, Tyler, on Tuesday at the Marathon County Public Library in Wausau.
Kim Grosskreutz reads for her 6-year-old son, Tyler, on Tuesday at the Marathon County Public Library in Wausau.
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The Marathon County Library next week will begin registration for a new program that encourages parents to read to their young children.

The 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten program aims to boost developing children's vocabulary and language skills through reading with their parents. Library officials aren't messing around - they've set a goal for each registered family of 1,000 books.

"We're helping kids prepare for not just kindergarten but preschool too," said Library Services assistant Amy Ryan. "Literacy is a huge part of what we do, and this is one more way we can help guide parents ...

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