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1,000 Books Before Kindergarten

1,000 Books Before Kindergarten

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The Geauga County Public Library is making some exciting changes to our 1000 Books Before Kindergarten program. As you know, reading has been associated as an early indicator of academic success. Parents and caregivers are the first education providers during the 0-5 early critical years. Thanks to the Geauga County Library Foundation for funding this very important program.

Beginning June 1, 2019, we would like to offer children the incentive to keep reading throughout the program. The child will still receive a 1000 Books Before Kindergarten t-shirt upon signing up for the program. From that point on, he/she will earn a sticker badge for every 100 books indicating that many books have been read. Once the child has reached the goal of 1000 books, his/her picture will be taken with a photo prop and posted on the GCPL website (with the parent’s permission) and a certificate will be presented to the child.

1000 Books Before Kindergarten logo
young girl celebrating books read

Track Your Progress

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To facilitate in record keeping, you may use the digital Beanstack app, found on the App Store or the Google Play Store, to follow your child’s progress. With this app, you can scan the book’s ISBN barcode and it will record that title to your child’s book list. It will also prompt you when to stop by the library and collect the 100-book rewards. This is the same app the library uses for its Summer Reading Program. Therefore, you only need to download it once for both programs. If you choose to use the mobile app, please email me at and let me know how many books your child has already read. I will then add that bulk amount to his/her account after you have created it. If you decide not to use the app, you will need to remember to bring your child in to the library every 100 books so he/she can collect the appropriate sticker.

Hall of Fame

1000 book challenge participants