Laurens County Public Library launches 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten program


Summer Reading is just around the corner. This year the Laurens County Public Library system wants to make sure all the little ones in the county are signed up. What better way to do that than with a special program?

On Saturday, May 18, in Laurens at 10 a.m., and Saturday, June 1, in Clinton at 10 a.m., children 0-5 years old and their caregivers are invited to a STEAM-filled program. The program will begin with an out-of-this-world storytime. Then children will play and learn at STEAM. activity stations. This year’s theme is in keeping with the overall Summer Reading theme of “A Universe of Stories.”

STEAM is “Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts and Mathematics.”

The 1000 Books Before Kindergarten program helps in providing a word-rich environment, increasing a child’s exposure to a wide variety of books and promoting the child’s use of the library: a gold mine of free material available to community members.

Family members are encouraged to count each book read to a child by a parent, grandparent, older sibling or anyone else. Since many children will ask for the same book to be read many times, parents may count every book read every time it is read.

The Laurens County Library and Laurens County First Steps have dedicated themselves to family engagement and early literacy. The Laurens County Library Youth Services is happy to offer a welcoming environment for children and their families. The library has resources for parents as well as grandparents who are raising their grandchildren.

For information on 1000 Books Before Kindergarten and other story-time programming, patrons may call the Laurens Public Library at (864) 681-7323 or visit