Elwood Public Library

1,000 Books Before Kindergarten

Welcome to our new & Improved 1000 Books Before Kindergarten Program!

This free program encourages you to read books with your child before he or she enters school – a goal experts say children need to help them to read for themselves.

One of the best ways to encourage learning is to spend time sharing books every day.  Reading together helps develop important pre-reading skills that provide a solid reading foundation – a key to learning success.  Plus, sharing stories together is fun!

Here’s how it works once you sign up:

  1. Read together, daily if possible. Re-reading a book is fine!
  2. Mark off the number of books you’ve read on your 1,000 Books Bookmarks.
  3. When you reach these milestones: 200, 400, 600, 800 and 1000 books, your child will receive a prize.

This program doesn’t end until your child’s first day of Kindergarten, so don’t feel rushed – just enjoy this bonding experience.  Your child can start the program any time between birth and Kindergarten.  If you read just 10 books each week for 2 years, you’ll have read 1,040 books! Please let us know if you have any questions.  A list of 100 suggested books is available below!

If you are already in the program, please contact the Library so you can get the new materials.

Happy Reading!

Click HERE to Register.

For “100 Books Your Child Can Hear Before Kindergarten” click HERE.

For “Dialogic Reading – A Learning Tool” click HERE.



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    Friday & Saturday: 9:30am-5:00pm
    Sunday: Open 1-5 except for: 12/24; 12/31; 1/14; 2/19; 3/31; 5/12; 5/26

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    1929 Jericho Turnpike
    Elwood, NY 11731
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