If you're a parent, you can start New Years with a resolution to read.
The Early Literacy Task Force issued the 2009 Early Learning Reading Challenge.
It's also for grandparents and caregivers.
For every 100 books read to a child from January to March, you will be entered into a prize drawing.
This year's theme is "Nursery Rhymes Build Babies' Brains".
The idea is to encourage reading to children from newborn to 3 years old.
"The neurons, the synapses, the chemical changes in the brain are occurring because of that positive interaction. That alone sets the foundation for learning," says Pam Guth with the Early Childhood Coalition.
To sign up for the challenge, go to the website www.brighterbroome.org and click on the 2009 Early Learning Reading Challenge link.
Book tally forms are located on the website or at the Broome County Public Library.
The Early Literacy Task Force is part of Building Brighter Futures for Broome