The High Plains Library District (HPLD)Foundation works to promote literacy levels of the residents in Weld County, Colorado. Currently the Foundation is seeking funds to replenish highly demanded Spanish 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten (1,000BBK) materials and expand the multilingual Nursery Rhyme Booklets to other languages. Reading to preschool-age children is the single most effective way to help them become proficient readers both building vocabulary and language skills. Reading success in school begins with positive language and literacy experiences beginning at birth. 1,000BBK provides our youth with he early literacy skills they need to build a better future. 1,000BBK is the HPLDs primary early literacy program. The program currently has 2,570 registrants; 211 have completed the program and 266 have reached the midpoint of 500 books. Of those who have completed the program, a very large majority report increases in amount of time spent reading with their children, increased levels of reading enjoyment and library usage.
With a matching grant, Greeley Redeye's support of this primary literacy program will help make it possible to expand the program to include books in multiple languages of the immigrants and refugees living in our county. In addition to funding printing the books, our members will be volunteering with the HPLD to perform and record the nursery rhymes, finger-plays and songs to be included with the books. The financial contribution is needed ASAP. The volunteering opportunities will extend into the 2019-2020 school year.