The concept is simple, the rewards are priceless. Read a book (any book) to your newborn, infant, and/or toddler. The goal is to have read 1,000 books (yes you can repeat books) before your precious one starts kindergarten. Does it sound hard? Not really if you think about it. If you read just 1 book a night, you will have read about 365 books in a year. That is 730 books in two years and 1,095 books in three years. If you consider that most children start kindergarten at around 5 years of age, you have more time than you think (so get started).

Question? Call Miss Cindy at 717-867-1802, or email

Program Overview

How the Program works:

  1. Register at Annville Free Library and receive a folder of materials, including a reading log to record your first 100 books.
  2. Color a book on the log for every book you read.
  3. After reading 100 books, bring your reading log to the library and receive a book bag for your first prize! Have your photo taken to be posted on our Children’s Room wall, where you can follow your progress!
  4. Each time you bring in your completed page, you will receive a coloring sheet, a sticker, and a new log to record your next 100 books. Then your photo will be moved forward on our tracking wall.
  5. When your reach 500 books you will also receive a new book, and when you reach 1,000 books you will receive another new book and a certificate of completion.

If you read 3 books a day to your child, in just one year you’ll have read 1,095 books! And you have several years to complete the program.

Do I have to read books from the library? You can read books from anywhere, everywhere you go! Count books read aloud by grandparents, older siblings, everyone in your life!

What if my child wants to read the same book over and over? Repetition is the key to learning. Each time you read a book, it counts. If you read the same book 5 times, color 5 books.

Can I log the books my child hears in storytime and at preschool / daycare? Yes! Any and every book your child hears counts for this program.

1,000 Books Before Kindergarten
1,000 Books Before Kindergarten