1000 Books Before Kindergarten

This free program is a fun and engaging way to help you to read 1,000 books with your child before they enter kindergarten - reading to your young child is the best way to prepare them for school. In as little as 15 minutes a day, families can build the skills for future success in school and life.

Who can join?

Any child from birth to entering kindergarten can take part in this self-paced early literacy program.

How does it work?

  • CLICK HERE TO REGISTER or register at the Youth Services Desk 
  • Come to the library and pick up your 1000 Books Before Kindergarten log book.
  • Start reading together. It might seem like a lot, but you can do it!
  • If you read a book more than once, you can record it each time; repetition is essential for learning!
  • You can count any book from anywhere - library storytime, daycare, preschool, even books read by others to your child count!
  • For every 100 books read, bring your log to the library and receive a small prize to celebrate. 
  • After completing just the first 100 books, you will get a special book bag!
  • After finishing 1,000 books, your child will:
    • Receive a certificate of achievement
    • Have their photo taken and added to our wall of finishers! 

Have their picture posted on our social media; you can share this accomplishment with family & friends!  (With your permission)

Why is it important to read 1,000 books?

Learning to read begins long before a child enters kindergarten. Reading together helps develop pre-reading skills and provides a solid reading foundation - a key indicator of school and learning success.

Why participate or read to young children?

  • Your young child may seem too little to understand, but they enjoy your voice, words, and rhythms as you read.
  • Reading together promotes physical, social, and emotional development. 
    • Snuggling up to read a book together signals safety, love, and emotional connection.
  • Reading together helps them develop and expand the language and vocabulary skills they need to learn to read and be successful in school.

By reading just three short stories a day, you and your child will have read 1,000 books, and you can easily complete the program in one year!  This is an ongoing program; there is no start or stop dates except when your child goes to kindergarten.  So don’t feel rushed - enjoy the experience! Plus, sharing stories is fun!

We Are Here To Help You Reach This Goal- Stop in often and talk to our friendly staff;               we are here to help!

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