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First Reader to Reach 1000 Books in Library's Early Literacy Reading Program


Rose and Laura with certificate
Rosalene Frangenberg is presented with her 1000 Books Before Kindergarten Certificate of Achievement by Youth Services Librarian Laura Robinson during a special celebration held on July 14, 2018, at the S. Verna Fowler Library/Menominee Public Library in Keshena.

The S. Verna Fowler Academic Library/Menominee County Library recently celebrated its first young person to complete the early literacy reading program called 1000 Books Before Kindergarten. Rosalene (Rose) Frangenberg and her family signed up for the program back in 2016 and reached the 1000 book mark this July. Rose is a student at Keshena Primary School. To recognize her accomplishment, the Library threw a special party in her honor. Congratulations to Rose and her parents, Audrey and Charles Frangenberg of Shawano, along with Rose’s whole family for achieving this goal!


The purpose of the 1000 Books Before Kindergarten Reading Challenge, an initiative adopted by libraries across the country, is to promote reading to newborns, infants, toddlers, and preschoolers, and to encourage parent and child bonding through reading. Children who are introduced to books and reading during this critical time of early development tend to learn language more quickly and have better success in their learning as they grow. Parents and caregivers are the first education providers during their children’s early critical years, so reaching the goal of 1000 books is a celebration of the efforts of the whole family.


Rose and family
Rosalene and her parents, Audrey and Charles Frangenberg, arrive at the 1000 Books Tree in the S. Verna Fowler Academic Library / Menominee Public Library’s 1000 Books Before Kindergarten Forest. The party owl is ready to celebrate!

Anyone with a child one month to five years old is invited to register with the program and begin their journey toward the goal of 1000 books. For more information, visit the Library, located on the College of Menominee Nation campus, N172 State Hwy. 47/55 in Keshena, or call 715-799-6226, ext. 3003.