North Adams Community Memorial Library

1,000 Books Before Kindergarten

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Program Overview:

Help your child get a head start on their reading journey today...

This is a simple program, but the results will last a life time!

Read a book to your child, it can be any book you like, and record it on one of the 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten Reading Logs. The end goal is to have read 1,000 books to, or with your child, before they start Kindergarten. Since most children are between 5-6 years of age when they start school in the fall, that gives you ample time to give them a head start on reading skills.

While 1,000 books sounds like a daunting task to accomplish, it is very easy if you work at it a little every day. Just think, if you read 1 book to your child every day, at the end of the year, you will have finished 365 books! Now if you read 2 or 3 books daily, by the end of 1-2 years, your child will have read 1,000 books. 

How to Participate:

1. Visit the library Circulation Desk, and Register for the program. You can also sign up at the library, and keep track of books read by downloading the 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten app, available in iTunes or the Google Play Store.

2. Once registered, your child will receive a bookmark, pencil, and reading log to record their first 1-100 books. Your child can also have their picture and name on our 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten "Wall of Fame," located in our children's section.

3. Each time your child completes a reading log, stop by the library for the next reading log, a new bookmark, and a pencil to keep them excited and motivated!

4.When your child reads their first 100 books, they will receive a brand new bookbag!

5. Upon completion of the whole program, your child will be awarded a certificate of completion, and a brand new book to add to the home library collection!

What resources can I find at the library?

Once your child has signed up, feel free to stop by during our Homeschool Afternoon Program each month to get help and advice with selecting new reading material.

Also, stop by our circulation desk for book recommendations, reading logs, and ideas to keep your child excited about reading. This is the best time to instill a life-long love for reading!


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