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1000 Books Before Kindergarten

The Keene Public Library has joined libraries across the country that follow the national initiative offered by 1000BooksBeforeKindergrarten.org. This is a multi-year reading program designed to support parents of babies, toddlers, and preschoolers.  You can register for our program in person in the Youth Department or you can register online

This program is ideal for parents to track reading and know that every book they read with their child is moving toward his or her future success. It develops a very solid foundation for children to be ready for school while at the same time, fosters a love of reading in their household.

HOW CAN I READ 1000 BOOKS?  It’s easy!  

  • One book a day for three years=1000
  • Three books a day for one year=1000
  • Ten books a week for two years=1000

WHAT COUNTS?  Everything! Every book you read counts every time you read it! Books your child hears in Storytime count. Books that others read to your child count. It all counts!

HOW DO I SIGN UP?  You can register for our program in person in the Youth Department or you can register online. If you register in person, you will receive a notebook to keep track of the titles you share with your child and lists of suggested books. Then all you need to do is start reading! If you register online, just ask for your notebook the next time you are in the Youth Department.

For more information about using books with young children, you may want to visit these pages:

NH 1000 Books Before Kindergarten is sponsored by Children's Librarians of New Hampshire and the NH State Library, and supported by the Center for the Book at the NH State Library, the Jack and Dorothy Byrne Foundation, the NH Academy of Family Physicians, and NH Family Voices.

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