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Grimes Public Library’s 1,000 Books before Kindergarten is a fun, exciting, and free way to start your child on the path to success! One thousand books may seem like a lot, but by reading just one book a night, you’ll meet your goal in under 3 years. By reading three books a night, you could reach your goal in just one year! This program is self paced, the only deadline is your child’s first day of school!

Just follow these steps:

Register: Sign up your child (birth-preschool) at the Library or online. The program can be completed online, or you may pick up a paper packet at the Library.

Track Your Reading: Every book counts! If your child has a favorite book, you can count it each time you read it. You can also count the books your child hears in storytime, in daycare or preschool, or with a friend or family member, as long as your child listens to the entire book!

100-Book Milestones: Receive a 1,000 Books sticker to add to your collection!

500 Books: You’re halfway there! Receive a free book at the Library.

1,000 Books: You did it! Come to the library to receive your diploma and get your picture in the paper.

Keep on Reading: Don’t stop at 1,000! Keep on reading together; there’s more learning ahead!