Dearborn Public Library

1000 Books Before Kindergarten

In order to promote and encourage parents to read regularly with young children, we have begun participating in the 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten program. 

Children who have not yet begun Kindergarten are encouraged to participate in this program at all Dearborn Library locations.

How to participate?

Visit any Dearborn Public Library to receive the 1,000 Books program guide.  We ask that at least one person connected with the young child have a Dearborn Public Library Card.  You can keep track of progress using:

Read books and enjoy the process.  Keep it fun and don’t give up.  As your child reads, a small reward will be given with each 100 books read.  The larger milestones – 500 and 1000 books – will be rewarded with bigger prizes.  Don’t forget to check in with the library from time to time to receive your rewards and pick up some new books.  We are happy to help you find age-appropriate books or make suggestions based on your likes or dislikes.  It’s what we do best!

Persistence is key.  Start by including books in your daily routine.  Don’t forget to note some of your favorites.  You can count multiple readings – don’t we all love re-reading a great book?!

Reading with young children “builds language, literacy, and social-emotional skills that last a lifetime.”  – American Academy of Pediatrics; Council on Early Childhood, June 2014

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Need help?

If you have questions, check the program guide or call us at the Youth Services Desk (313) 943-2345.

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