The Kewaunee Public Library is introducing a new reading initiative during National Library Week April 7-13.

“Growing Kewaunee Readers” features leveled reading challenges from birth to graduation to promote and encourage reading in their community. The Initiative is possible through a grant from the Green Bay Packer Foundation and Vollrath LLC.

Starting at birth, parents will read 100 books to their child before the child turns 2. From there, they are encouraged to complete 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten. After kindergarten, the goal will be 100 Books Before Sixth Grade – and then finally 100 Books Before Graduation. Within each of these challenges, the young readers may choose after completing each level to help build the child’s personal library. At the end of each challenge, the participant will also receive a ribbon to celebrate their accomplishment. Children and teens can start this challenge at any age.

Members of the Kewaunee community who wish to take part in the initiative can visit the library at any time starting Monday (April 8) to receive their introductory book tote and first free book.

The library will be hosting a “Growing Kewaunee Readers” Kickoff Open House during National Library Week. Librarians will be available to answer any questions that patrons may have on the initiative, as well as available to make new library cards, for those who don’t have them, and answer questions about the library.

The library will be featuring their regular programming as well as special events for National Library Week. For preschool and elementary-aged children, we are having

A Mermaids and Pirates Party for preschool and elementary-age children is scheduled for 5 p.m. Wednesday (April 10). Teenagers are invited to a special showing of “Aquaman” (PG-13) at 5 p.m. Thursday (April 11).

For more information, visit www.kewauneepubliclibrary.org or call 920-388-5015.