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1000 Books Before Kindergarten

Welcome to the 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten early literacy program! FCL is excited to offer this wonderful program that will encourage you to read to your child and help them be better prepared for school.

1,000 Books Before Kindergarten would not be possible without the support of the Friends!

Get Started:

  • Visit either Library location, fill out a registration form, and turn it in to a staff member at the Children’s desk! You will receive an informational booklet and a record sheet for your first 100 books.
  • Start reading! Librarians will be happy to help you find great books
    at the Library, or you can read from your home library. Rereading the
    same book counts! Be sure to mark a space on the sheet provided for
    every book read.
  • Once you have read the first 100 books, return to the Library with your
    completed registration form and show the record sheet to a staff
    member at the Children’s Desk. You will receive a book bag that will be
    yours to keep!
  • After every 100 books are read and recorded, return to either
    Library location. At the 200, 400, 600, and 800 levels of participation,
    your child will receive a free paperback book to keep for your home
    library.
  • When you complete the 1,000th book…..CONGRATULATIONS!! You will
    get a choice of a free hardcover book to keep for your home library.
  • Prizes will be awarded until September 30 of your child’s
    Kindergarten year.
  • As you read books to your child, you are giving them the gift of
    your time, language, and a love of reading.

A special thank you to Wong Herbert Yee, celebrated local author and illustrator of Fireman Small, for providing us with original graphics and allowing us to quote his work for our 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten early literacy program.