Nesmith Library

Windham, New Hampshire

1000 Books Before Kindergarten

The Nesmith Library Youth Services department is proud to support the 1000 Books Before Kindergarten Program! The goal is to read 1,000 books together before your child starts kindergarten. This might sound like a daunting task, but by focusing on daily reading habits as a family, it's an easy goal to reach:

1 book per day for 1 year: 365 books

1 book per day for 3 years: 1,095 books!

We are here to support you as you attempt this early literacy challenge, with methods for keeping track of your progress, staying motivated, and celebrating your achievements!

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Keeping Track:

Track Reading Online: Keeping track of your progress is easy with our 1000 Books Before Kindergarten Beanstack challenge! You can access Beanstack by downloading the app or visiting the link in your browser. (If you participated in Summer Reading, you will use the same Beanstack login, then join the 1000 Books challenge for each reader!) We will send periodic email updates to everyone who registers for the 1000 Books challenge with encouragement, ideas, and updates from the Nesmith Library Youth Services department.

Pictured: Julian and mom, on reaching his first 100 books, February 2020!

Pictured: Celine (left) on reaching 900 books, and Ethan (right) on reaching 600 books, February 2020!


Stay Motivated:

Prize Wall: Children can visit Nesmith Library to pick out a prize each time another 100 books milestone is reached! Our challenge is being generously sponsored by the Friends of the Library of Windham (FLOW)

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Reading Suggestions: Youth Services staff are excited to help you keep reading! Please visit us in the Children's Room or reach out if you would like recommendations, a Mystery Grab Bag, or reading lists to fuel your 1000 Books challenge!

Programs & Events: We want to celebrate with you! Watch our Event Calendar for a "graduation" event before Summer Reading starts to celebrate everyone's 1000 Books accomplishments from the past year.

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