Batavia Public Library

1000 Books Before Kindergarten

Batavia Public Library invites parents and caregivers with a Batavia Public Library card to participate in 1000 Books Before Kindergarten.

The concept is simple; the rewards are priceless. This free program encourages you to read 1000 books with your child before he or she starts Kindergarten. While this may sound overwhelming, it really means that reading one book a night will take you through the program in less than three years. If you read more, you will finish sooner, so get started!

It’s easy to get started! Register with your Batavia Library card at the Youth Services desk and read with your child every day! Check back in at the Library every time you complete 2 tracker bookmarks (100 books). You will receive a sticker for each 100 books read which you can put on your sticker sheet. Other rewards will be given out at various levels.

Studies have shown that reading with your child provides a great opportunity for bonding. Reading together is fun and will create life-long memories for the both of you. You can read the same book as many times as you want. Repetition is important for children’s early literacy skills.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Can others read to my child? Yes! Reading with grandparents, caregivers and siblings all count. So do books read at Batavia Library Storytimes. Click here  for a complete list of storytimes. Just remember to track the books read on your tracker bookmark.

What if we do not finish before Kindergarten starts in the fall? The program ends for a child on their first day of kindergarten. Your child may earn rewards up until that day. But remember reading just 1 book a day to your child completes the program in less than three years.

Click here for a PDF of bookmarks


Statement of Mission

The mission of the Batavia Public Library is to provide and ensure access to materials and services to meet the lifelong learning needs of residents and organizations, as well as to create a welcoming place to gather, exchange ideas, and participate in cultural events.

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