A new program we will officially be launching on February 11th, 2023, the ‘1000 Books Before Kindergarten’ program is a nationwide program that encourages children to read. The idea of the program is that by kindergarten (typically 5-years of age) children will have read, or listened to 1000 Books. (yes, repeated books count!)

We’ll be creating packets and resources for interested parents/caregivers to start with their children, the program is entirely free and we hope you’ll utilize the library as not only a resource for information on the program, but for new books to read to your child as well!

Why Participate?

  • Hearing stories and beginning to develop reading comprehension at a young age has a monumental impact on child development and social-emotional growth.
  • Studies have shown that reading with your child provides bonding and life-long memories
  • The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends reading to your child daily from infancy as it helps promote brain development, build important language, literacy and social skills.

Isn’t 1000 books a lot? How will I ever read that many?!

The task may seem daunting but let’s break it down. If you read just one book a day, that’s 365 books in a year, 730 books in two years, and 1,095 books by three years! Take into consideration that most toddlers request to hear 2-3 books a night, it’s easier than you think. And the benefits your child will reap are priceless,

How can I keep track?

We have you covered. We provide the first sheet for 100 books and after that’s filled, we can give you another. If you’re worried about losing a sheet, there’s an app available through the Apple App Store and Google Play Store to help you record the books. Repeat books count! Audiobooks count! Any book that your child listens to, reads with you, or reads to you counts!

Stop in during our open hours to grab a packet at any time! We’ll add you to our list, where we’ll send out quarterly emails with more resources and guides to keep your child reading! You can also see our progress board made especially for the children participating so they can see their progress and show off their skills! Small incentives will be awarded every 100 books with a bigger prize at the halfway point, and a grand prize at 1000 books!

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