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Libraries and Children’s Museum join forces to increase early literacy

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illustration of a happy cartoon worm sticking its head up behind a pile of books. Denotes the new partnership between the library and the children's museum of the brazos valley.

The Bryan + College Station Public Library System is excited to announce an amazing new partnership with the Children’s Museum of the Brazos Valley to advance early literacy among young people in our community.

These two initiatives in this new collaboration are focused on getting parents to help their kids develop good reading habits at an early age. These programs will help bring books and stories to life by connecting reading and storytimes at the libraries with the interactive environment for learning and discovery at the Children’s Museum.

1000 Books Before Kindergarten

The concept is simple, the rewards are priceless. Read a book (any book) to your newborn, infant, or toddler. The goal is to have read 1,000 books (yes you can repeat books) to your precious one before they start Kindergarten. 

When parents and children have completed the library system’s 1000 Books Before Kindergarten Reading Challenge, along with the rewards they receive from the library system, they will also receive a gift certificate for one free admission to the Children’s Museum for up to four people.

Build a Bookworm

Start early and you can inspire a child with the skills, love, and joy they find in stories. Reading helps build social and emotional skills, sparks creativity and imagination, promotes bonding, and helps kids do well overall in school. Attending storytimes at your library or the Children’s Museum is a great way to work reading aloud into your regular routine, and let the magic of stories do the rest.

Now you can pick up a Build a Bookworm punch card from your library or the Children’s Museum during storytimes. Each time you attend a storytime at any venue, get your card punched to show you were there. Once you attend six storytimes, you can take your card to the museum and get one free admission for up to four people.

Join us as we take a new approach to engage, enlighten, empower, and inform young readers in the Brazos Valley, and provide them with access to even more entertaining and educational resources.