Cumberland County Public Library

1,000 Books Before Kindergarten

Updated 1/17/2023

1.000 Books Before Kindergarten

The Library Can Help Your Child Succeed in School!

The 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten program is a non-profit program designed to help caregivers prepare children for one of life’s big milestones: Kindergarten.

Studies have shown that families who start reading to their children at birth help strengthen their language skills and build their vocabulary.

Did you know that in as little as 15 minutes a day – that’s three, five-minute stories – families can build the skills their children need for future success in school and in life? It’s true!

Reading with your young child helps to stimulate brain development and strengthens a parent’s relationship with the child.

How The 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten Program Works

Any child who hasn’t entered Kindergarten yet is eligible for the program, including infants. Sign your child up for FREE at the Cumberland County Public Library or register online here.

Children will receive incentives at each milestone achieved.

100 Books
101-200 Books
201-300 Books
301-400 Books
401-500 Books
501-600 Books
601-700 Books
701-800 Books
801-900 Books
901-1000 Books

You can even use Beanstack to help you log the books your child reads instead of keeping track of the paper book logs!

Go online here or download the Beanstack Tracker mobile app (for Apple and Android). Create your own account and add your children. Then, log all books read to earn badges and get prizes. If you have any questions or would like help to register your child, please contact the library at (804)492-5807.

Look who’s reading!


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