Kent District Library Launches Revamped One Thousand Books Before Kindergarten Program

Kent District Library has been offering a 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten program since 2015 and is pleased to now provide a new and improved version with the same great outcomes. The updated program introduces an online tracking option, includes a book with early literacy activities and features Michigan woodland animals.

All children, infant to kindergarten, are encouraged to participate in this program designed to prepare kids for school. For every 100 books read, kids will earn an animal sticker for their tracking poster. When you reach 1,000 books, your child will be awarded a certificate of achievement and their very own book bag!  

Repeating books, listening to audio books, paging through a board book, books read at storytime and reading books in any language all count towards the goal. 
“Last year, we committed to creating new inspiration for this popular reading program to ensure that it would remain a fun, relevant and engaging way to encourage early literacy for this generation,” said Dawn Heerspink, Branch Librarian at the Byron Twp. Branch. “Completing the program is still simple: Start or continue reading at least one book a day with the child in your life and see how one book multiplies into many books, all helping that child learn the early literacy skills they need to grow into a reader who enjoys books.” 
Stop in to any KDL branch to pick up a tracking and activity booklet for your child that includes a progress poster. You can track your reading using the book or online at or on the Beanstack app. 

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