1,000 Books Before Kindergarten

1,000 Books Before Kindergarten

1,000 Books Before Kindergarten


What:  a program that encourages families to read 1,000 books to their child

before they enter kindergarten

Who:  any child from birth until they enter kindergarten are eligible to register

How:  Register at the Ocean City Free Public Library and receive your first record sheet.  Bring this back to the library as you reach the reward milestones to

collect your reward and receive your next record sheet.

Why:  Reading books to young children builds language and other early literacy skills.  Reading books together also creates a special bonding time between

children and their parents / caregivers. bonding time with parents and caregivers. 

Reward Milestones
Bring your record sheet into the library to receive
a special reward after reaching these reading milestones with your child:
    - 25 books        -500 books
    -50 books        -600 books
    -100 books        -700 books
    -200 books        -800 books
    -300 books        -900 books
    -400 books        -1,000 books!!
Children who reach 1,000 books will also be recognized at our annual celebration!

What happens if we read the same book multiple times?
Every time a book is read to the child it counts!  If you read one book ten times, then it counts for ten books.
How long will it take to reach 1,000 books?
The program is self-paced, so it depends on how often you read with your child.  If you read 3 books a day, it will take under a year to  reach the 1,000 book goal.  If you read one book a day, it will take just under 3 years.

Questions?  Call the Children’s Department - (609) 399-2434, ext. 5241









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