Book Cycle program gets kids reading at an early age

Book Cycle is kicking-off its 13th year in Tippecanoe County.
Book Cycle is kicking-off its 13th year in Tippecanoe County.

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — For more than a decade, a group of volunteers in Tippecanoe County has been sharing the gift of literacy.

The Book Cycle program visits area day care centers and preschools and gives out new books to students. Kids get to take two books home and can either keep them or bring them back to exchange for new ones. The program serves prekindergartners down to infants.

Book Cycle volunteer Joanna Smith said encouraging reading at an early age gives kids a head start.

“We found through, not just Book Cycle, but through larger studies nationally, literacy rates connect pretty directly to success in adult life,” said Smith.

Teacher’s aide at Right Steps Development Center in Lafayette, Molly Sells, said it’s never too early for kids to hit the books.

“They get to pick it up and someone can read it to them and they kind of get to know what the story is about. They’re not quite to the part where they can start reading to themselves, but they definitely like looking at the pictures,” Sells said.

More than 16,000 books are given out each year in Tippecanoe County.

If you would like to contribute to the Book Cycle program, click here.

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