Lynchburg Public Library

1,000 Books Before Kindergarten

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We are so excited to bring the national 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten program to the Lynchburg Public Library!

This program is open to anyone, including county residents, and you do not have to have a library card to participate. The program is on-going and new participants are welcome to join at any time. Why not today? The Youth Services staff will be happy to help you get started.

We are very thankful to our sponsors, The Junior League of Lynchburg and The Greater Lynchburg Community Foundation (formerly known as The Greater Lynchburg Community Trust), for making this program possible!

How 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten Works:


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 before your little one starts kindergarten. (Yes, you can repeat books!) Does it sound difficult? It’s not, 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! Books read to your child during storytimes count as well. If you consider that most children start kindergarten at around 5 years of age, you may have more time than you think.

We have an exciting reward system in place to keep families and children motivated on their journey to 1,000 books. For each book read, the child or caregiver tracks progress by coloring a numbered circle in the child’s personal copy of the 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten Keepsake Reading Log. For every 100 books read, your child earns a corresponding milestone sticker to be placed in their log. In addition, the special 500-book reward is a drawstring book bag featuring the 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten logo (pictured above).

In celebration of reaching the 1,000 book goal, the final prize is a classic children’s book to keep. The 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten log itself is also meant to be a keepsake, with its log of achievements marking a significant time in your child’s life. The record includes space to write titles of favorite books read and to illustrate favorite scenes. The final page of the record is a certificate to be signed by LPL Youth Services staff. With guardian permission, each child who completes the challenge will also have their photo added to a “wall of fame” in the Youth Services area of the library.


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    2315 Memorial Ave
    Lynchburg VA 24501
    (434) 455-6300

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    900 Church St
    Lynchburg VA 24504
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