Elliott, 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten Finisher
Elliott is our first 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten finisher.

At 19-months-old Elliott’s house, reading is definitely a priority! Here, Elliott poses for his celebratory “first finisher” photo, part of his formal recognition as the first child to finish the library’s 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten program.

Since its November launch, 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten has attracted more than 600 families to sign up with their babies, toddlers, and preschoolers. All are committing to the long-term goal of reading together before kindergarten begins.

Celebrating accomplishments

As a program finisher, Elliott was able to pick out a brand new book to take home and keep, have his photo taken (see above), and be invited as a special guest to an upcoming 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten graduation party. “It’s our way to celebrate accomplishments and cheer on young listeners and readers,” said Early Literacy Librarian Shelley Harris

“The kids love the attention they get for all their reading, with even our youngest participants excited to show off their logs and get their sticker,” Harris said, adding that “caregivers’ enthusiasm about each milestone definitely reinforces a positive, joyful bonding experience.”

Families can sign up babies, toddlers, and preschoolers for the long-term program at any library location, any time.

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