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April 26, 2016

1000 Books B4K


2016 marks the 97th national celebration of Children’s Book Week, the longest-running national literacy initiative in the country!  Children’s Book Week connects young readers with authors and illustrators during the week of May 2nd through 8th.

Reading to your child is one of the most powerful ways to boost his or her brain power.  Singing songs, saying rhymes, telling stories, and playing with your child are all great ways to build their literacy skills. 

            In celebration we plan to kickoff our 1000 Books Before Kindergarten program, a fun, exciting, and free way to start your child on the path to success.  Any child ages one and up before they enter kindergarten is invited to participate.

            During Children’s Book Week we will begin enrollment but on May 7th we will hold a Toddler Read at 10 a.m. to officially celebrate the beginning of 1,000 Books B4K.

            Here are the easy steps:

  1. Sign up at the library.
  2. Read together
  3. Write the titles on your record sheets or use the ap on your phone.  Every book counts, even if your child wants to hear the same book again and again, you can count it each time.  You can also count the books your child hears in storytime, at daycare or preschool, or with a friend or family member, as long as your child listens to the entire book.  There is also an app in the iTunes store, if you prefer.
  4. When you finish 100 books, bring you sheet to the library and receive a sticker for your completed page, place a sticker on your smart cookie and collect your next record page and a cookie.
  5. Repeat steps 2, 3 and 4.
  6. There will be special awards along the way for both you and your child including books to keep provided by The Barlow Family Foundation a …………of the Iowa Falls Bank, Two Women Who Care and in memory of Larry Beving.


One thousand books may seem like a lot, but if you read just one book a night, you’ll meet your goal in less than 3 years.  By reading just three stories a day you and your child will have read over 1000 books in one year.






This resource is supported by the Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act as administered by State Library of Iowa.