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1,000 Books Before Kindergarten

On behalf of Kasson-Mantorville Community Education and Kasson Public Library, we invite you to participate in this FREE program which encourages you to read 1,000 books with your child before he or she starts kindergarten.  

The concept is simple, the rewards are priceless.  Read a book (any book) to your newborn, infant, toddler and/or preschooler.  The goal is to have read 1,000 books (yes you can repaeat books) before your precious one starts kindergarten.   If your child is reading on his or her own they may record easy readers also.  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).  

The key is perseverance.  Make it exciting.  When your children reach a milestone, he/she will recieve a reward from Community Education.  

-Read with your child.  Studies have shown that reading with your child provides a great oppotunity for bonding.  Reading together is fun and will create life-long memories for the both of you.  
-Keep track of the number of books that you read with your child.  Pick up a reading log sheet sheet from Community Education.
-If you are able to, make sure to keep record of "any" book that is being read to your child.  This includes teachers and siblings.   

-Who can participate in this program?  Any child from birth until he or she enters kindergarten can participate in the 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten program.
-How long will the program take?  The program will take anywhere from a few months to a few years.  The program is self-paced and will depend on how often you read together.  
-How many of my children can participate?  All of them (provided they have not yet started kindergarten).  Make it even more fun and read as a family! 

Information provided by: 1,000 Books Foundation  

Community Education
606 16th Street NE
Office Hours:
Monday/Tuesday/Wednesday/Friday 8am-4pm
?Monday/Thursday 8am-5:30pm

Kasson Public Library 
607 1st Street NW
Monday 10am-7pm
Tuesday 10am-6pm
Wednesday 10am-7pm
Thursday 10am-6pm
Friday 10am-5pm
Saturday 10am-1pm

Register online:
Print your first recording sheet HERE .