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1,000 Books Before Kindergarten is a non-profit foundation that encourages parents to read 1,000 books with their child before he or she enters kindergarten. This endeavor increases early literacy skills, prepares children for school, and helps bond parents and children. As childhood reading has long been linked to later academic success, we believe it is crucial to encourage reading with children. We are proud to host a 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten at the Brownell Library to help families achieve these goals.


Participation is simple. You register your child at the Youth Desk and are given a reading log for 100 books. When you and your child finish 100 books, you bring the completed log to the desk. A librarian will sign it, you will receive a log for the next 100 books, and you child will be given a paper train car as a reward. This process will be repeated until you reach the 1000 books goal. At that time, your child will have a complete train to display at home, 1,000 books under his or her belt, and the option to have their photograph taken with their certificate of completion.


We are passionate about fostering early literacy skills and a love of reading in young children. We hope to see you take the challenge and read 1,000 books with your child. Happy reading!