Richmond County Public Library

1,000 Books Before Kindergarten Program



Charlotte Rose Smith (left) and Luca Birdsall (right) were among the first children to read 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten at our library

The Library Can Help Your Child Succeed in School

The 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten program is a non-profit program designed to help parents and caregivers prepare children for one of life’s big milestones, Kindergarten.

Studies have shown that families who start reading to their children at birth help strengthen their language skills and build their vocabulary.

How The 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten Program Works

Any child who hasn’t entered Kindergarten yet is eligible for the program, including infants. Sign your child up for FREE at the Richmond County Public Library by e-mailing Ruth Lynn at and receive a packet of information with hardbound keepsake reading log (courtesy of our Friends of the Library) and a FREE Scholastic children’s book.

Start writing down the title of each book you read together (repeats of the same title are fine). After your child completes 100 books read, take their photo, holding a sign that reads “I Read 100 Books”. We’ll post that on our Children’s Room wall and (with parents’ permission) on our library’s Facebook page . Plus, for each 100 more books read, they will get a free prize from local businesses like Michelle’s Sweet Treats, Bubba B’s Ice Creamery, T & J Dairy Barn, Northern Neck Burger, The Daily, Relish, and many others.

If you have any addition questions please contact the Richmond County Public Library at (804) 333-6713.

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