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1,000 Books Before Kindergarten: Home


Welcome to our 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten program! The idea for this program is simple: read 1,000 books to your child anytime from birth until your child starts kindergarten. Sound difficult? If you read just one book a night, you’ll have read 365 books in a year. That’s 730 books in two years and 1,095 books in three years! (And yes, reading a favorite book over and over counts toward your goal!)



Please contact Children's Librarian Kate Foster at

How it Works

1. To register for the program, create an account for your family using the READsquared online resource, or register in person at the Circulation Desk. 


2. Keep track of books read using READsquared, or print out a reading log. You may also pick up hard copies of the logs at the library. Each time you read a book, color in a book picture on your log.


3. When you’ve read 100 books, you will receive a virtual badge through READsquared, or you may bring your log to the library to receive a sticker and a log for the next 100 books.


4. When your child reaches 500 books and 1,000 books, stop by the library to pick up a free book!



Reading Together

Reading together is one of the strongest foundations of early literacy you can give to your child. By reading with you, your child will learn to love reading, be introduced to new stories, and hear thousands of new vocabulary words. Reading together is the most important thing you can do to prepare your child for kindergarten.