1000 Books Before Kindergarten

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Reading with your baby, toddler or preschooler is one of the best ways to prepare your child for success in school. Parents can sign up their children for the program – it’s never too early or too late to start. The 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten program is open to all children from birth until they start kindergarten. You might think that 1,000 books sounds like a lot, but it’s not as hard as you think! By reading one book a day, you will finish 1,095 books in three years. By reading three books a day, you will finish 1,095 books in one year! You can even count books more than once, for those favorites your child wants to hear over and over. Books read at library story times also count, including virtual story times.

All libraries in the PLYMC system are currently closed due to the COVID-19 contagion.  But the 1000 Books Before Kindergarten program continues. 

We are working on an online site for families to sign up their children and to record their progress online. We will post the information on this site when it is ready. You can begin or continue the program right now by printing the downloadable PDF of the reading log from this page. If your child is reading, for each 100 books read, your child is eligible to have their photo placed on the Library’s Facebook page, LibraryMahoningCounty. Leave a message through our page or email jloew@libraryvisit.org if you would like more information about how to submit a photo.

When libraries reopen, the program will resume and children will be recognized for their efforts. These steps will resume at that time:

  1. Sign up at any library branch. Participants will receive a book bag and a reading log. For every book read, color one circle on the log.
  2. When you have read 100 books to your child, bring the completed log back to the library. The participating child will receive a button to pin onto their book bag and a new reading log.
  3. After every 100 books, make sure to stop in for your button and next reading log.
  4. When you reach 1,000 books, your child will receive a t-shirt and a certificate of completion. But most important, your child will have a jumpstart on school success!