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Studies show that reading with young children is the single most important thing adults can do to get those children ready for kindergarten. The 1000 Books Before Kindergarten program is a fun way to develop early literacy skills, help your child develop the all-important love of reading, and create lasting memories.

Sign up today!

  • Stop by your favorite Akron-Summit County Public Library location to sign up.
  • Get your reading log and learn how to use your library card reading history.
  • If you can’t visit the library, download a reading log or start keeping track of the books you read on a calendar, in a notebook, or whatever is easiest for you.
  • Visit the library after every 100 book milestone for a small prize to recognize your child’s progress.
  • Any book that is read to your child counts. That includes books in preschool, library story time, or that favorite you read repeatedly.
  • Look for some new books to try out! Check out these suggestions.

Paws JumpingPrizes

  • Every 50 books = I read 50 more sticker
  • 100 books = mood pencil
  • 200 books = book bag
  • 300 books = book mark
  • 400 books = window cling
  • 500 books = book (half way point)
  • 600 books = picture frame magnet
  • 700 books = Royal Reader crown
  • 800 books = Super reader cape
  • 900 books = book plate for favorite library book
  • 1000 books = stuffed lion with T-shirt

At every 100 books, there will be an opportunity to have a picture taken and posted to the branch Facebook page.

Questions? Give us a call at 330-643-9050!

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