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1,000 Books Before Kindergarten


There is no better gift you can give your child than snuggling up and reading aloud to him or her every day. Reading 1,000 books to your baby, toddler, or pre-schooler may sound daunting, but this program allows you to set your own pace, while giving your child a jump start to their education. The only criteria is to complete 1,000 books before the child enters kindergarten. If you read just 1 book a day, you will finish in 3 years...if you read 3 books a day, you can finish in just 1 year!

Here's how to get started:

Register your child at any ARLS location and get a program booklet (which includes a reading log) and a fish that your child will display in a pool at their library and use to keep track of (and show off!) their progress by adding scales to the fish for every 100 books they read. Check out books from your library and READ! Write the titles in the log to keep track of your progress. If you read the same book more than once, you may count it each time. Books read by grandparents, a babysitter, or a sibling count...and stories read at library Story Time count too!IMG_5082

When you finish the first 100 books, bring your booklet to the library.

At 100 books your child receives:

  • A scale sticker for his or her fish
  • A "1,000 Books Before Kindergarten" tote bag

At 500 books your child receives:

  • A free prize book

Then just keep reading! At every 100 books completed you will get another scale sticker for your fish. At the completion of 1,000 books your child receives a certificate, and a medal.

Sept. 10, 2:00-3:30
Hopewell Library
Join us as we celebrate our 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten program! First we will honor graduates who have read 1,000 books. Then we will have fun with activities and games. Whether you are finished with the program, still working on it, or just want to learn more, join us as we dive into reading!
Stop by any of our locations for more details and to register your child. If you have questions, please call the Youth Services Department at 458-6329 ext. 1013. Happy Reading!