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City celebrates success of 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten program

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- City officials say a program meant to prepare kids for kindergarten has been a success.

The '1,000 Books Before Kindergarten’ challenge was launched last year in Louisville. It's expected to help preschool age children start reading at an early age.

On Friday, city leaders called it a success as more than 17,000 kids signed up for the program and 1,400 have achieved the goal.

Students at The Providence Childcare & Preschool doubled the goal.

“Providence actually exceeded that goal and reached 2,000 books, which is just a phenomenal achievement. It blows my mind, I can tell you that,” said Jim Blanton, the Library Director.

Mayor Greg Fischer stopped by to congratulate and read to the kids at Providence Childcare.

You can still get involved in the reading program. You can pick up a free 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten reading log at any Louisville Free Public Library location. You can also click here for more information.

Read 1,000 books before kindergarten and your child will receive a free book of their very own. Every 1,000 book reader will be entered for a chance to win a $500 Barnes & Noble gift card.

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