Searcy Public Library recently recognized Mackenzie Ferguson and Abigail Lambert, who have completed the 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten Program offered at the library.

The national program was started at the Searcy Public Library in March 2018. It is for children from birth to the start of kindergarten, is self-paced and is offered year round.

“It is a great program that gets children excited about reading with their parents,” said Rebecca Taylor with the Searcy Public Library. “Prizes for each 100 books read to the child are awarded even during this pandemic via internet/telephone/curbside pickup.”

At the end of the program, each child is given a T-shirt with a certificate of completion and their pictures are sent to area publications and posted online. There are currently 351 children in Searcy registered in this program.

“Mackenzie and Abigail are two of 20 children that have completed this program,” Taylor said. “What makes Mackenzie and Abigail rock stars is that they did not let the COVID-19 keep them from their goals. Searcy Public Library is so excited they finished this program despite the current situation we are all facing.”

Taylor stated parents can continue to work on the program using the contactless curbside pickup the library is currently using to check out books.

“This time at home gives our parents an opportunity to quickly finish this program,” Taylor said. “We have other programs for school-age, teens and adults online to help parents during this time. Please go to Searcy Public Library website at wcrls.org or Searcy Public Library Facebook Page to learn more about the other services we offer.”

Other participating libraries include the Baldwin Memorial Library (Judsonia), Rose Bud Public Library, Goff Public Library (Beebe) and Lyda Miller Public Library (Bald Knob).

For more information, contact Taylor at the Searcy Public Library by calling (501) 268-2449 ext. 130 or visit www.whitecounty libraries.org.

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