Programs & Events for Children

1,000 Books Before Kindergarten

This ongoing early literacy initiative (called 1KB4K for short) began in February 2016 and encourages parents to read aloud at least 1,000 books with their children before they enter school.  Families receive a log sheet to record the each 100 books read to the child and are encouraged to return to the library every time they finish reading and listening to 100 books. Children obtain new logs and congratulatory stickers each time they finish a 100-level. They place the sticker on a part of a giant Rainbow Reading Garden in the children section of the library to show the community how much reading is being done. At the milestones of completing 100 books they receive a library bag, and at completion of 500 books they receive a finger puppet. The culminating prize is a book and certificate the child can keep.

Level 100 Log

Parent Letter

Registration Card

Weekly Events


Evening Toddler Storytime: Mondays, September through May, 6:30 pm

Toddler Storytime: Tuesdays, September through July, 10:30 am

Preschool Storytime: Wednesdays and Thursdays, September through July, 10:10 am

Wednesday Early Out Programs

Brick Builders: Wednesdays on rotation, September through May, 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm

Clay Day: first Wednesday of the month, September through May, 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm

Ramps & Pathways: Wednesdays on rotation, September through May, 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm

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