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1,000 Books Before Kindergarten

Why 1,000 books?

Reading to preschool-age children builds vocabulary and language skills, while creating fond childhood memories and a love for books. Listening to books read aloud helps prepare children with the ready-to-read skills they need for kindergarten. In as little as 15 minutes a day, families can build the skills needed for future school and life success. For more information about the program, including links to resources and information about prizes, just click the button below!

How does it work?

  • Register your child at the Youth Services desk. You may also register them online and then come into the library to receive your reading log.
  • You will receive a folder with information and the log for tracking your first 100 books read.
  • Read 100 books. Any book read to your child counts, and you can read the same book multiple times. Bring that log back to the library and receive your next log.
  • There is a color-coordinated log for each 100 books—10 logs total. Keep on reading, filling out logs and bring them in for the next one!

Frequently Asked Questions

Who can participate?
     Any child from birth to not-yet-enrolled-in-kindergarten

How long will the program take?
     If you read just one book a night, you will have read over 1,000 books in three years. If you read three books a night, you will finish in just a year. It depends on how quickly you want to read, but this program is not a race. Just enjoy reading with your child.

Do I have to read 1,000 different books?
     No! Almost every child has a favorite book that they request to have read to them often. Every time you read any book, you can count it as one book read, even when you read the same book multiple times.

What books count?
     Any book read to your child counts, whether you read it, a teacher reads it, or a librarian reads it during story time. Every book counts!

Are you ready to sign up right now?

Great! You can sign up by clicking on the button below—the one that says "Click Here to Sign Up!" But remember, you'll still need to come into the library to pick up your first reading log.