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1,000 Books Before Kindergarten provides parents and caregivers with a fun and exciting way to get kids ready for kindergarten. The most important thing is to read aloud every day. This will give children the skills and tools they need to be ready to read in kindergarten and be more successful in school.

It’s so easy to get started… just stop in at the library and see Mrs. Flynn or Mrs. Allen for a packet . It contains lots of information to help you on your reading journey and the reading record for the first 100 books.


If you read ...

1 book a day for 3 years… it’s 1,095 books!

10 books a week for 2 years… 1,040 books!

3 books a day for 1 year… 1,095 books!


Prizes will be awarded for the first 100 books and other important milestone totals. Just come to the library with your completed reading record and see the children’s services staff for your prize. You can also pick up the next packet of 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten materials.



Talking, singing, reading, writing, and playing with families and friends (and at the library) are also great ways to help children get ready to read.

Talking with children helps them learn oral language, one of the most critical early literacy skills. The experience of self-expression also stimulates brain development, which underlies all learning. Skills: concepts about print, alphabet knowledge, phonological awareness, vocabulary, and narrative skills

– which also includes rhyming – increases children’s awareness of and sensitivities to the sounds in words. This helps prepare children to decode print (written language). Skills: alphabet knowledge, phonological awareness, and vocabulary

Reading together
, or shared reading, remains the single most effective way to help children become proficient readers. Skills: concepts about print, alphabet knowledge, phonological awareness, vocabulary, and narrative skills

Writing and reading go together. Writing helps children learn that letters and words stand for sounds and that print has meaning. Skills: concepts about print, alphabet knowledge, phonological awareness, vocabulary, and narrative skills

is one of the primary ways young children learn about the world. General knowledge is an important literacy skill that helps children understand books and stories once they begin to read. Skills: concepts about print, alphabet knowledge, phonological awareness, vocabulary, and narrative skills


Check out our book bags bag for fun on a rainy day, to use with a group, road trip, or family game night! Promote literacy & math skills! Entertain various ages and provide hours of family fun!

• Each purple bag has a different theme: bears, trains, bedtime, friends, farms, the zoo, & mice
• books for various reading levels
• storytelling kit
• game or puzzle
• activity sheet to coordinate with theme

Materials generously provided by Thompson School Readiness Council & The Friends of The Library.


• Each green bag contains Mixing in Math activities that introduce and explore math concepts & skills in a fun and interactive way
• Storybooks connecting math & literacy
• Cool games featuring penguins, road races, and colors & shapes

These bags were made possible by Mixing in Math.





Community Book Bags are available with 6 different partners for easy access to family friendly literacy materials.

This project is made possible by a grant from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services



Borrow and return the COMMUNTIY BOOK BAGS at these convenient locations:

Building Blocks
Mary R Fisher Elementary
St. Joseph School


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