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 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).

How to Participate

Come in to the Rossford Public Library to register, or register your child/children online. If you register in person you will receive a reading log. To register your child online you will be emailing your registration information to the Children’s Librarians, and can print your reading log from the website. There is even an iPhone App that you can download for free to help keep track of your progress! This app however is not linked to the library, so you still have to turn in log sheets to receive a prize.

Write down the titles of the books you have read to your child or your child has read on the log sheet. After your child has completed one sheet, 200 titles, return the log sheet to the library to receive a prize and a new log sheet. For every sheet completed, 200 titles per sheet, 5 sheets total, you will receive a prize.

When you reach 1,000 books your child will receive a special prize and a certificate of completion.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who can participate in this program? Any child from birth until he or she enters kindergarten can participate in the 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten program.

How long with the program take? The program will take anywhere from a few months to a few years.  The program is self-paced and will depend on how often you read together.

How many of my children can participate? Any that have not already started kindergarten can participate.

What if my child wants to read the same book over and over? Repetition is key to learning. Each time you read a book, it counts.

Can I log the books my child hears in Storytime? Yes! Any and every book your child hears counts for this program, as long as it is after the child has registered. 

Can I log the books my child has read or heard before signing up for this program? No. Only record books that were read after registering for this program.

Reading Logs

Logs are in PDF format.