1000 Books Before Kindergarten is an early literacy program offered by the Library to promote reading to newborns, infants and toddlers.

Visit the Youth Services desk to register your child and receive a copy of My First Reading Log in which you will be able to keep track of your progress and the titles of books that you and your child read together.

As you and your child reach reading benchmarks, visit the Library to receive fun reading incentives.

Do you need reading suggestions? Ask one of our Youth Services Librarians.

Siblings can join in the fun too --  be a Super Sibling Reader! Any sibling who reads 50 books to a brother or sister enrolled in 1000 Books Before Kindergarten program will also receive a prize.


Designed for children from birth to age five, this program helps children develop the tools they need to become proficient readers and encourages parent and child bonding through the activity of reading together.

The goal is to read 1000 books with your child before the child reaches kindergarten age. Incentives for parents and children will be provided along the way!

With the support of this program, we hope that you and your child will develop a love of reading, an appreciation for the library and discover the joy in reading together.


Who can participate? Any child from birth until he/she registers for kindergarten. You may join at any time during this period. If you do not have a library card, please visit our membership desk on the First floor or, sign-up here.

Which books count? Books that you, a preschool teacher, a caregiver, and/or family member read to your child count towards your goal. Books read during Storytime at the library also count toward your reading goal. You may count audiobooks, ebooks and/or iPad apps that read or tell a story.

What if my child wants to read the same book over and over again? Repetition is one of the keys to learning to read, so each repetition counts toward your goal. If you read the same book three times, that counts as three books toward your goal.

How long will it take to reach the goal? This program is designed to be completed at your own pace. But consider this: if you read just three books a day with your child, in just one year you will have read 1,095 books together!