Reaney Days

Reaney Days

Monday, November 9, 2015

A 1000 Books Before Kindergarten

On behalf of the 1000 Books Foundation, the Mohawk Valley Library System and MRML, we invite you to participate in this free program which encourages parents to read 1000 books with their child before they start kindergarten. 

The concept is simple and the rewards?  PRICELESS!  Read a book (any book) with your infant, toddler, or preschooler.  Log each book you read with the goal to reach 1000 books before your child enters kindergarten.

 To help you reach this goal, MRML, as well as the other public libraries in the Mohawk Valley Library System, have 1000 Books Before Kindergarten Bags ready for you to check out, take home, read and enjoy with your child.

Each bag contains ten preselected books on a wide range of topics and interests appropriate for most 3 to 5 year olds.  If your child does not like one book, put it back and choose another!  Each library, including Margaret Reaney Memorial Library, currently has five bags, which will rotate every two months.  Coming soon?  The Baby Bag, which will have board books appropriate for babies and toddlers birth through 2. 

The bags are just a useful tool.  Feel free to count ALL the books you read with your child-library, home, doctor’s office ect-and if you read a book more than once, record it each time.  Little kids love to read and re-read certain stories. 

Keep track of the books you’ve read in a notebook, on a log sheet or by using the 1000 Books Before Kindergarten App.  You may download the app or print log sheets at

For each 100 books you and your child share, show us your app or log sheet and receive a sticker.

By reading just three stories a day, you and your child will have read over 1000 books in one year!   Think of the special moments and memories you’ll make along the way.  Enjoy the experience……read!