Kent District Library Launches 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten

Kent District Library presents 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten at all 18 KDL branches. All children, infant through Kindergarten, are encouraged to participate in this program designed to prepare kids for school. The American Academy of Pediatrics promotes reading aloud to children daily, beginning in infancy.

Families can visit their local KDL branch to get registered for the program. After each 100 books read, children will receive a sticker and have their name added to the Wall of Fame poster in the branch. Those who reach 1,000 books will receive a canvas tote bag and a certificate of achievement.

Reading 1,000 books may seem like a daunting task, but children can reach their goal by hearing/reading three books a day for one year or one book a day for three years. Parents can read the same book many times and books heard at storytime count too.


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Kent District Library is a public library system operating 18 branch libraries. KDL serves nearly 400,000 residents of 27 governmental units, comprising most of Kent County, Michigan. KDL is an IRS-designated 501(c)(3) nonprofit supported by millage dollars and private donations.