Fall 2017

1000 Books Before Kindergarten

The concept is simple, the rewards are priceless! The goal is to read 1,000 books before your child starts kindergarten. Does it sound hard? Not really if you think about it. If you read just one book a night, you'll have read 365 books in a year. That's 730 books in two years and 1,095 books in three years. If you consider that most children start kindergarten at five years of age, you have more time than you think!

This program is based on evidence that the more children (ages 0–5) hear books read to them, the more prepared they'll be to learn and enjoy reading upon reaching kindergarten.

To Participate:

  • Ages 0-6
  • Pick up a reading log booklet in the youth department.
  • Prizes will be awarded to participants when they reach 500 and 1,000 books.
  • This program is a work-at-your-own-pace program.
  • End Date: Your child's first day of kindergarten.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Who can join?
Children from birth through the start of kindergarten are invited to join.

Do we have to read books from the library?
You can read books from anywhere: your house, grandma's house, at the doctor, at daycare, etc. But we'd love to see you enjoy our books as well.

Can we count the same book more than once?
Of course! Children love repetition and reading is reading whether it's once or one thousand times!

Can I count storytime books?
Most definitely! We love seeing you at storytime and those are books that count!

How long do I have to read 1,000 books?
The program has no official end date. Don't rush, take your time and enjoy the memories you're making with your child.

Around the World Photo

Around the World Reading Challenge

Travel the world from the comfort of home with this reading challenge for all ages! Read six books each set in a different continent or written by an author who lives in that continent. Books should be at the age-appropriate reading level for the participant and can be either fiction or non-fiction. One entry form per person.

To Participate:

  • February 1–April 30, 2020
  • All ages
  • Challenge Form (PDF) 
    Write the titles you select and read on the form.
  • Return the form to the library or scan/photograph the form and email it to shaack@kearneygov.org by Thursday, April 30 by 9:00 pm to be entered into a prize drawing!

The six categories are:

  • North America
  • South America
  • Africa
  • Asia
  • Europe
  • Antarctica OR Australia

Wondering which continent a particular country is in? Check the CIA World Factbook and use the drop-down menu to select a country.