Library, Officials Urge Families to Sign up for Kindergarten Readiness Program




Event Launches Public Service Campaign Featuring Notables

            (April 11, 2018–Annapolis, Md.) In front of a crowd of Belle Grove Elementary School preschoolers and their parents, Anne Arundel County Executive Steve Schuh and library officials today urged all families with young children to sign up for the Anne Arundel County Public Library’s 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten program.

Announced at an event in the Brooklyn Park Library, the kindergarten readiness initiative encourages families and caregivers to read 1,000 books with their children before entering elementary school. The first two in a series of 10 public service announcements were also unveiled promoting the program. The ads will feature County Executive Schuh, County Councilman Pete Smith, State’s Attorney Wes Adams, Annapolis Mayor Gavin Buckley, Annapolis Alderman Marc Rodriguez, School Superintendent George Arlotto, Anne Arundel Community College President Dawn Lindsay, Library CEO Hampton “Skip” Auld and Library Foundation President Sam Brown.

“Anne Arundel County Public Library is committed to providing parents with the tools to help their children get ready to read. Reading aloud to children from birth helps strengthen language skills and build vocabulary - two important tools for learning to read,” said Library CEO Hampton “Skip” Auld.

“There are many different ingredients that go into helping a child achieve his or her full potential, but none are more important than the ability to read,” Anne Arundel County Public Schools Superintendent George Arlotto said. “This initiative is just one more way the county library system is partnering with our school system to help prepare students for successful futures, and we are most appreciative of their efforts.”

Families can complete the challenge in as little as one year if they read three books a day to their child and can finish in three years if they read one book a day. Sign up for the program online at or in any public library location. Participants can track reading and win prizes including a tote bag and a book to keep.

In addition to 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten program, the library also offers weekly Every Child Ready to Read programs in every branch.

"Our local libraries are a great place to emphasize a love of reading at an early age for our children," said County Executive Steve Schuh. "Reading with our children develops language skills, enhances concentration, encourages a thirst for knowledge, and develops empathy."