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1000 Books Before Kindergarten

It’s never too early to start reading to your child!

A Letter to Parents:

It’s never too early to start reading to your child!  The 1000 Books Before Kindergarten program is designed to be simple and to encourage making reading a daily habit, starting from your baby’s first days! 

To register, simply stop by the library and sign your child up and receive a book log to record 100 books.  You may count the same book multiple times, many children enjoy hearing hearing the same story over and over and over again!  You may also count books read to your child at daycare, preschool or a library storytime.

When your book log is full, bring it back to the library and your child will receive a sticker for every 100 books and we will mark down that they have completed each hundred.  You will receive another book log with space to record the next 100 books.

When your child reaches the half way mark at 500 they receive a book to keep.

At 1000 books we will take their pic for the newspaper and the library’s FB page (with permission of course) and they will receive a gift bag with educational toys and a book!

Why 1000 books?  We don’t want this program to be a burden to parents, or to be a competition, but 1000 books is a great goal to strive for.  If you read one book a day to your child starting from day one, you will reach 1000 books at age 3!

Questions, contact Youth Services Librarian Phyllis Peter at 641-792-4108 or email

Newton Public Library, 100 N 3rd Ave W, Newton, IA 50208

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Monday        10am-8pm
Tuesday       10am-8pm
Wednesday   10am-8pm
Thursday      10am-8pm
Friday          10am-6pm
Saturday      10am-2pm
Sunday        Closed


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