1,000 Books Before Kindergarten

Welcome to the Vandergrift Public Library’s “1,000 Books Before Kindergarten” program!

Goal of the program:

  • Introduce a fun way to encourage families to read aloud to their young children
  • Introduce children to a variety of books and promote early literacy so children can enter school ready to learn
  • Reinforce parents’ role as their child’s first teacher
  • Encourage families to regularly use the library for lifelong learning

How it Works:

Welcome Letter

Participate in one of these three ways:

  1. Start this reading challenge on our Beanstack site:
    https://vandergriftpubliclibrary.beanstack.org/reader365
    If you are completing the reading challenge online through Beanstack, you will earn digital badges along the way.
  2. Visit the library to pick up a paper reading log.
    If you are completing the challenge via a paper log, be sure to come into the library with your log each time you read 100 books to collect a sticker and your next reading sheet.
  3. Download and print the reading log for your first 100 books & register your child here.
    If you are completing the challenge via a paper log, be sure to come into the library with your log each time you read 100 books to collect a sticker .
  • Read books to your child and record each title.
  • Books may be read more than once and recorded. Books read at library story times, day care centers, preschools, or by others may be counted.
  • When you have finished 1,000 books, you will receive a certificate and a gift. But, most important, your child will have a jumpstart on success in school.