Category Archives: Family Activities

1000 Books Before Kindergarten

The 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten program is a nationwide challenge that encourages parents and caregivers to regularly read aloud to their children. By reading just one book a night, families can reach the 1,000-book goal in three years and provide their children essential early literacy skills.

Research shows that the most reliable predictor of school success is being read to during early childhood. Reading to children from an early age can help close the vocabulary gap and prepare children to enter kindergarten with the skills they need to succeed. Most importantly, sharing books with children promotes a lifelong love of books and reading.

The 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten program is available to all families with children between the ages of birth and five years. Registration begins January 8th and is easy! Simply sign your child up at the front desk and receive your packet of information and extra goodies. Keep track of the books you read (library books, personal books, even books you read over and over again counts each time!). Bring your record every 100 milestone & receive a small prize.

Sign up is simple – stop by the library and sign up your child at the front desk. You’ll receive a packet of information including a reading record and coloring sheet! Then, simply read to your child – library books, personal books, books read to them at preschool (notify their teacher!). Even if they want to hear the same story 10 times, it counts as 10 books! Keep track of the titles on your Reading Record. Visit the library after every 100 books to get your record initialed, pick up a new record and a special sticker. We’ll have special prizes for the 500 book milestone, and of course, the 1,000 book milestone!

Seasonal Reading Programs

Newfane Public Library offers both Winter and Summer Reading Programs.

Winter Reading Program

During the Winter months, when it’s too cold to go outside and you’d rather cozy up with a good book the library offers a reading program that is open to people of all ages:

The Winter Reading Program allows patrons of all ages to try and win prizes simply by reading books or magazines! Each library book or magazine read or listened to is a chance at winning one of several prizes.

Summer Reading Program

During the Summer months, when the days are longer and there’s nothing better than a lazy afternoon with a good book, the library offers a program that is offered to various age groups:

The Summer Reading Program for Kids & Teens encourages reading to bridge the gap between school sessions. Our Kids program, for non-readers – 10-year-olds is a timed-reading (and/or listening) program. Reading and/or listening is tracked using 15-minute increments. Every 1.25 hours read earns a brag tag and a chance at winning one of several prizes.

Our Teen program offers Book Bingo, with every line of Bingo accomplished earning a small prize and a chance at winning one of several prizes.

Our Summer Reading Program for Adults and Older Teens is run just like our Winter Reading Program – every library book or magazine read or listened-to is a chance at winning one of several prizes!

*All books read or listened to must be library books: books and audiobooks can be physical items checked out of the library; eBooks, magazines and/or audiobooks downloaded from Overdrive or Hoopla; or Story Walk & Story Hour stories read or listened to.