Nesmith Library

Windham, New Hampshire

NH 1000 Books Before Kindergarten

The Nesmith Library is participating in the statewide 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten program.  Any child from birth through age five whose parent is a Windham resident and has a valid Nesmith Library card is invited to take the challenge.  Visit the children’s room to learn more, register and receive a program packet.  Packets contain reading logs to help you keep count of the first 100 books and additional information regarding the program.  When you finish reading your first 100 books, come back to the library to have your child's reading log stamped and receive a 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten canvas tote bag!  Take home another set of sheets for the next 100 books.  For every 100 books read, your child will earn an achievement sticker and other special prizes.

The single most important thing you can do to prepare your children to read is to read to them every day. Research proves that children need to hear 1000 books before they begin to learn to read independently. Reading to children will increase their vocabulary and their listening and narrative skills.  Reading with children helps instill in them self-awareness, confidence, and an understanding of their place in the world.

If you're interested in a calendar of literacy-related activities to use with your child, there is one on the NH 1,000 Books page, and, the organization Reading Is Fundamental (RIF) has calendars here.

Be sure to stop by the Nesmith Library and get started on the road to reading 1,000 books with your child!