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PLEASANT HILL, Iowa -- The Pleasant Hill Public Library is encouraging children younger than 5-years-old to read 1,000 books before they start kindergarten.

John Lerdal, director of the Pleasant Hill Library, said the goal isn’t as daunting as it might sound.

“In a year, if you read three books every night to your child, you’ll get to the 1,000 book level. If you start as a very young child, reading one book per night – you’re going to get there,” Lerdal said.

The program was specifically designed to give babies and toddlers the best start on lifelong reading and learning skills, as well as to help parents and children get in the habit of reading on a regular basis. Doing so will improve kids’ language skills before they enter kindergarten.

Lerdal said the goal is to help kids become ready to learn and read when they start school.

The library came up with its goal of 1,000 books based on current research that emphasizes the importance of reading aloud to children from birth onward.

Families can sign up at the Pleasant Hill Public Library at 5151 Maple Dr.

Each child will receive a reading log and a free book bag. For every 100 books, the child will receive a prize.