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Community Challenged to Read 1,000 Books to Kids Before Kindergarten

The Brown County Library is on a mission to create book worms starting with newborns. 

Saturday, it kicked off its challenge to the community to read 1,000 books to each child before they enter kindergarten.

Outside the Brown County Central Library, families gathered to celebrate its launch.

 "This is an initiative to encourage parents and grandparents, and siblings and child care providers, everyone and anyone to read to every child before they reach kindergarten," explains Lynn Stainbrook, the library director.

 She says it's easy to do.

"That sounds like a lot, but you do the math and five years, that's 200 books a year, 52 weeks in a year, four books a week. That's not even one book a day," she said.

 She says research shows reading and talking about books with young children gives their brains a boost.

Green bay mom Dawn Whitney says it's proven with her daughters, especially during the summer months.

"She read all summer and didn't lose a single reading level, which was like awesome cause her twin sister lost two levels from not reading over the summer," Whitney said.

Saturday was also the official sign up day for Brown County Library's summer reading program.

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