1,000 Books Before Kindergarten

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​About the Program


The Iredell County Public Library Library is launching 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten, a new program for young children and their guardians

The goal of the program is for each child to read or hear 1,000 books before beginning kindergarten. This is an ongoing program, so families can work at their own pace. If a parent reads at least three stories a day with their child, they would finish in less than a year. Furthermore, you can re-read your child's favorites as many times as you want. The same book read five times would still count that as five books read.

How can my child join?


To register, see the Youth Services desk in Statesville, or the main checkout desk at Troutman or Harmony.

​Why it's important



By spending a little time reading with their children each day, parents can make an enormous impact on their child’s future. Early literacy skills are not only related to reading, but success in all subjects throughout their entire school career and adulthood. It also helps create positive relationships between family members by spending that quality time together.

​How 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten began



Early literacy development is something that is very important to the Iredell County Public Library. Kelli Goodwin, manager of the Troutman Branch, is especially passionate about advocating for families to begin reading to their children from infancy. Her love for early literacy began in college where she studied education. “A required book for one of my classes was Reading Magic by Mem Fox. That book changed my complete outlook on the subject. After countless hours of research and spending time with children in the classroom, it became very apparent just how important early literacy is."

The program originated in 2014 at the Bremen Public Library in Bremen, Indiana. “It is as simple as filling in a bubble every time you read a book. Each book log has 100 bubbles. Once those are all colored in, families return to the library to pick up their next log and a small incentive for reaching that milestone. I’ve also designed a train that will hang in our program room that the children will put a sticker on each time they read 100 books. It’s a great way to show everyone how far our children are coming.”

For more information on this program, stop in to any Iredell County Public Library, or call the Youth Services department at 704-878-3097.

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