Reading Public Library » 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten

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1,000 Books Before Kindergarten

Can YOU read 1000 books before Kindergarten? We know you can! 1000 Books Before Kindergarten is our new early literary initiative designed to jumpstart skills and begin a lifetime of learning and fun!

The concept is simple: read a book (any book) to your newborn, infant, and/or toddler. The goal is to have read 1,000 books (you can repeat books!) before your child starts kindergarten. If you read just 1 book a night, you will have read about 365 books in a year, 730 books in two years, and 1,095 in 3 years. The key is perseverance! At home and at the library, you can celebrate the milestones you reach to keep the process exciting.

Studies have shown that reading with your child provides a great opportunity for bonding. Reading together is fun and will create life-long memories for the both of you. We hope you will participate with us!

How the program works

  • Sign-up at the library and we’ll give you a special tool to keep track of your progress.
  • Keep track of the titles you have read.
  • You can count books read during a storytime at the library, or any book that is being read to your child. Join us for one of our weekly storytimes!
  • And remember: you can repeat books!
  • Come in to the library everytime you reach another 100 books, so we can recognize and reward your progress.

How long does it take?

1,000 is not such a big number!
  • 3 books a day for 1 year = 1,095 books
  • 1 book a day for 3 years = 1,095 books

Early Literacy Suggestions

  • Have fun! Use different voices, motions, facial expressions, and props (toys, stuffed animals) to bring the story to life.
  • Snuggle up! Hold your child in your lap or next to you. Include a favorite blanket, stuffed animal, or other comfort item.
  • Talk about it! Point out things in the pictures. Ask your toddler questions about the pictures and story. Share stories about yourself.
  • Stay flexible! It’s ok to skip pages, read back to front, just look at the pictures, or not finish a book. You can also read aloud while your child plays with other toys.
  • Be prepared! Keep books close at hand – throughout your home, in the diaper bag, in the car – for sharing anytime. A few minutes throughout the day add up to a big benefit for your child.
  • Repeat favorites! Children love to hear their favorite stories over and over again – and the repetition helps them gain important literacy skills.

Playdate for Families! Kick-Off Event

Join us on Saturday, October 13 @ 10:30 – 12:00 pm to celebrate the kick-off of our 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten event. This family literacy and wellness event also will include music and stories for preschool children, the A Walk in Their Shoes disability awareness experience, make-and-take busy bags for families, a Halloween StoryWalk, and more.

Other infant & toddler programming

  • Storytimes: We have a handful of weekly and monthly storytimes for kids ages 0 – 5.
  • Weekly Babytime Playgroup: Drop by for your baby to explore and play with the developmental toys available as well as other children.
  • Monthly Sing-a-long: Sing and dance along with our musical presenter.

Special events this fall:

  • Baby Sign Language: Saturday, September 22 @ 10:30am – 12:00pm. A workshop for parents or caregivers with their pre-verbal babies and/or toddlers. This class will introduce the benefits, research, and methods for teaching your very young child American Sign Language signs. Registration is required.
  • Baby Kneads Massage: Saturday, October 27 @ 10:30am – 12:00pm. A workshop for parents and caregivers with their babies. This class will introduce infant massage techniques for calming and connecting with your baby. Registration is required.