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New program encourages kids to read hundreds of books before kindergarten

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) - Getting kids to read 1,000 books before they start kindergarten is the goal of a new program announced today by the Louisville Library System.

Parents or caregivers can pick up a reading log at any library location, fill out a registration card, and kids can begin reading. The library is providing free books.

The average children's picture book takes just  five minutes to read; if a child reads three books each day, that equals 15 minutes a day for one year.

"We have 1,800 brand new story books ready to go into distribution. You'll read more than 1,000 books that first year," said Julie Scoskie, a spokesperson for the Louisville Library System.

Parents and kids can track their reading and when they reach a certain milestone, they are eligible for prizes.

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