Lynchburg Public Library

1000 Books B4 K

We are so excited to bring the national 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten program to the LPL!

This program is open to anyone, including county residents, and you do not have to have a library card to participate.  The program is on-going and new participants are welcome to join at anytime.

The 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten Program:

The concept is simple, the rewards are priceless. Read a book (any book) to your newborn, infant, and/or toddler. The goal is to have read 1,000 books (yes, you can repeat books) before your precious one starts kindergarten. Does it sound hard? Not really if you think about it. If you read just 1 book a night, you will have read about 365 books in a year. That is 730 books in two years and 1,095 books in three years. If you consider that most children start kindergarten at around 5 years of age, you have more time than you think (so get started).

We will have an exciting reward system in place to keep families and children motivated on their journey to 1,000 books.  For each book read, the child or caregiver tracks progress by coloring a numbered circle in the child’s personal copy of the 1,000 Book Reading Record.  For every 100 books read, the child earns a corresponding milestone sticker to be placed in their record book.  In addition, the special 500-book reward is a drawstring book bag featuring the 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten image (pictured below).  In celebration of reaching the 1,000 book goal, the final prize is a classic children’s book to keep.  The 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten Reading Record itself is also meant to be a keepsake, with its log of achievements marking a significant time in a child’s life.  The record includes space to write titles of favorite books read and to illustrate favorite scenes.  The final page of the record is a certificate to be signed by LPL Youth Services staff.  With guardian permission, each child who completes the challenge will also have their photo added to a “hall of fame” wall in the Youth Services area of the library.

We are very thankful to our sponsors for making this program possible!




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    2315 Memorial Ave
    Lynchburg VA 24501
    (434) 455-6300

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    900 Church St
    Lynchburg VA 24504
    (434) 455-3820

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