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1,000 Books Before Kindergarten is a free reading program offered by the library. Children from birth through age 5 (or until they enter kindergarten) are invited to join the program.

Special surprises are awarded at each 100-book level.

Participants will receive a book diary to record the titles. (Books may be read more than once–repetition aids in learning!)

Register at the Youth Services desk and begin your child’s journey to 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten.

How Does 1,000 Books Help Your Child?

  • Develop vocabulary skills. Research has shown children with larger vocabularies are better readers.
  • Develop narrative skills. Children who are able to tell or retell a story find the story easier to understand.
  • Develop letter recognition skills. Learning letter names and sounds helps children to pronounce written words.
  • Develop print awareness. Children more familiar with the printed word feel more comfortable with books.
  • Develop print motivation. Children who enjoy books want to learn how to read.
  • Develop phonological awareness. Children who have difficulty reading often have trouble with phonological awareness.

Give your children a lifelong advantage. Help them develop a love for books and learning.

Read to your children every chance you get.

Come to the library for books and programs that will help get your children ready to read.

“Once you learn to read, you will be forever free.” – Frederick Douglass

Online Resources

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Association for Library Services to Children (ALSC)

The world’s largest organization to support children’s services in all types of libraries.

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Born Learning

Support for parents in their role as the child’s first teacher.

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Child Care Aware

Provides tools and resources for parents making decisions about child care.

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PBS Parents

Information about child development from birth through kindergarten. Site available in English and en Español.

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Parenting Counts

Kits to help parents understand the importance of parenting during the first 5 years.

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