1,000 Books Before Kindergarten


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Welcome to the 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten program! This free program encourages you to read 1,000 books with your child before he or she enters school. One of the best ways to encourage learning is to spend time sharing books every day. Reading together helps develop important pre-reading skills that provide a solid foundation, a key to school and learning success. Plus, sharing stories together is fun!

How does it work?

It is easy to participate!

  1. Read together
  2. Write the titles on your ‘Road to Reading’ log. If you read a book more than once, you can record it each time. Books read to your child at library story time, at daycare or by others also count!
  3. When you finish 25 books, bring your sheet to the library and collect your next ‘Road to Reading’ log. Share your favorite books with your librarian!
  4. Repeat Steps 1-3 and receive a different ‘Road to Reading’ log at each level. Each log will include early literacy tips to help you share the love of reading with your child.
  5. After finishing 1,000 books, your child will receive a book and a certificate, and gets an awesome jump start on success in school.

How long does it take to reach 1,000 books? 

Take every chance you have to read with your children, tell and talk about stories, say nursery rhymes, sing songs, and attend library programs. By reading just three stories a day you and your child will have read over 1,000 books in one year. You will also have shared many special moments along the way. The library is a fun place featuring books to check out, free programs and great suggestions for what to read. Stop in often and talk to our friendly staff – we are here to help.

Please stop by the library or give us a call if you have any questions.

Happy reading!