Montgomery County’s Public Libraries to Launch New Children’s Literacy Program

Montgomery County Public Libraries launched the 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten Initiative (1TBKI). The goal is for parents to read 1,000 books to their children before entering kindergarten to encourage early literacy skills and family engagement.

The program is flexible and encourages free choice of reading selections. Repeating the same book counts every time. Families who read a book per day will exceed their goal in less than three years.

Registration for 1TBKI is available at any of MCPL’s branches. Participants can also sign up at, where a list of suggested books is posted. All participants can track their progress on a paper log or through an online portal. Children will receive incentives along the way and prizes when they reach milestones such as reading 500 and 1,000 books. 

For more information about the program, contact MCPL’s Early Literacy and Children’s Services Manager Christine Freeman by email at or by telephone at 240.777.0105.

County Ranks Highest in Health Ratings in Maryland

Montgomery County ranks as the healthiest county in Maryland, according to the 2018 County Health Rankings. The CHR, a collaboration of the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, compares counties within each state on more than 30 factors that impact health, including social determinants such as education, jobs, housing, exercise, commuting times and more. According to the latest rankings, the five healthiest counties in Maryland are Montgomery County, followed by Howard County, Carroll County, Calvert and Frederick County.


The data used in the ranking of many of the health outcomes (today’s health) and health factors (tomorrow’s health) were compiled from population datasets and surveys based on samples of the population within the counties, much like the surveys and polls conducted during election years.


For more information about the rankings, visit