Updated 12:00 a.m., Sun January 20, 2019
PHOTO BY: Tammy Keith

Mary Spears Polk, left, story-time programmer for the Faulkner County Library in Conway, and Dana Bayless, assistant librarian for the Vilonia branch, hold children’s books at the Conway library. The Vilonia branch will kick off the 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten program at 10:30 a.m. Jan. 30. The Faulkner County Library has 190 children enrolled in the program, which it joined in September 2018.

1,000 books

Vilonia library to join children’s reading program

Vilonia Assistant Librarian Dana Bayless reads to her almost 4-year-old son, Gabriel, every night, then logs the books into an app on her phone with a goal to read 1,000 books before he starts kindergarten. They’re well on the way. “We’ve read 700-something that we’ve logged,” Bayless said. She has also just started logging books she reads to her 21-month-old daughter, Sunny. The national program, 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten, is for... READ MORE

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