The Children’s Department of the Massillon Public Library invites kids and their caregivers to participate in a new early literacy initiative called 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten! The program encourages families to read together by challenging them to share 1,000 books by the time they enter Kindergarten.

1,000 books may sound a little daunting, but keep in mind, if you read three books a day for a year, you will have read 1,095 books. Aside from being a great way to bond as a family, sharing stories each day helps develop pre-reading skills. Positive reading experiences help children to stay motivated when the time comes to read independently.

The goal of 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten is to encourage families to read together, foster a love of reading, and support the development of essential early literacy skills. You set the pace for 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten and you determine how to best fit it into your schedule.

Registration is required and can be done in the Children’s Department, Barry Askren Branch in Navarre, or Pam S. Belloni Branch at the Fairless Elementary School. This is a free program open to children ages birth and up who have not yet entered Kindergarten. Either a parent or child must have a library card to enroll. Questions? Call the Massillon Public Library Children’s Department at 330.832.5037 or log onto the library’s website: The Massillon Public Library is located at 208 Lincoln Way East. The Second Street entrance is handicapped accessible.