Kick-Off: 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten

February 3, 2018 @ 10:30 am – 11:30 am
Kick-Off: 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten

Join us at the Cazenovia Public Library for the official kickoff of the 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten program! The celebration will feature stories, activities, and art projects for children and their families. The event will be held Saturday, February 3 at 10:30 am in the Community Room.

1000 Books Before Kindergarten is part of the Library’s new “Our Very Ready Readers” initiative, designed to promote school readiness through special story times, programs, and caregiver education. Eric Carle’s beloved children’s books will serve as inspiration for all associated events and activities.  

Researchers point to reading as an early indicator of academic success. It is widely accepted that reading aloud promotes language development and early literacy skills that help children to reach their full potential. Public formal education typically does not start until ages 5-6. Therefore, parents and caregivers serve as their child’s first teachers.

The 1000 Books Foundation is a non-profit public organization that seeks to promote reading to newborns, infants, and toddlers, and to encourage parent and child bonding through reading. The nationwide 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten challenge provides a simple, innovative, and fun approach to establishing early literacy skills. The concept is simple: read any book to your newborn, infant, and/or toddler, and keep track of the books. When your child reaches a milestone, turn in their recording sheet at the front desk to receive a new sheet and a small prize! Children earn fun stickers and bookmarks for every hundred books recorded. When they reach the goal of 1,000, participants will receive a finger puppet inspired by The Very Hungry Caterpillar­.

Read just one book a night for three years to exceed the goal! The Library’s knowledgeable staff is happy to recommend a variety of age-appropriate books for young readers. Also, head to Story Time in the Story Garden (offered five days a week) for more great books ideas.

1000 Books Before Kindergarten is sponsored in part by an Early Literacy Grant from the Midyork Library System. All events at the Cazenovia Public Library are free and open to the public. For more information, call 315-655-9322 or visit