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Getting Started

  1. Sign Up (in the library or Online).

  2. Pick up or print your first log (see box to the right).

  3. For every book you read, mark a space on your log.  You may count the same book more than once.

  4. Collect your prize and next log. 

  5.  Notify the Youth Services department when you've completed the program so we can invited you to our graduation party in August.  

1,000 Books before Kindergarten

What Books Count

  1. Books read at Story Time

  2. Books read more than once

  3. Books from home, the library or another library

  4. Audio books

  5. Books read on an iPad, e-reader, or other electronic device

  6. Books read by any family member, teacher, friend, babysitter, etc.


Tips & Tricks

  1. Have fun!

  2. Talk about the story and pictures.

  3. Sing songs and say nursery rhymes.

  4. Repeat the same book over and over.

  5. Read new stories.

  6. Never make reading a chore. 

  7. Make up funny voices.

  8. Encourage your child to tell you stories.

  9. Have Fun! (so important we said it twice)

Why is it Important to Read to your child?
Reading aloud promotes these skills:

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Phonological Awareness: hearing and playing with smaller sounds in words.  Developed by singing songs, reading nursery rhymes, and reciting poetry.

Phonological Awareness

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Vocabulary: knowing the name of things, feelings, ideas, and concepts.  Developed by talking about the names of things and defining new words.


Print Awareness: noticing print, knowing how to handle a book, and knowing how to follow words on a page. Developed by reading and handling books.

Print Awareness

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Background Knowledge: learning things about your world.  Developed by reading and talking about books, tv, everyday life events, daily tasks, and everything else!

Background Knowledge

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Letter Knowledge: knowing letters are different from each other, recognizing letters come together to form words, and recognizing letters everywhere.  Developed by first learning shapes.

Letter Knowledge

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