1000 Books Before Kindergarten


The Fitchburg Public Library is excited to announce the launch of our 1000 Books Before Kindergarten Program. 

Parents and caregivers of young children (ages 0-5) are invited to read 1,000 books together before their child starts kindergarten and earn prizes along the way!

Visit the Youth Library to sign up your child and learn more about this early literacy initiative.

This program is made possible through the generosity of the Friends of the Fitchburg Public Library.


1000 Books before Kindergarten is an early literacy initiative that encourages parents and caregivers to read aloud to their young children. Reading helps build social and emotional skills, sparks creativity and imagination, promotes bonding, and leads to success in school. With the 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten program the concept is simple and the rewards are priceless! Read a book (any book) to your child. Make it a daily activity. Read 1,000 books together before your child starts kindergarten and earn prizes along the way!

Reaching 1,000 books is easier than you think!

3 books a day for 1 year = 1,095 books or 1 book a day for 3 years = 1,095 books.

You can repeat your child’s favorite books over & over again & books you hear at storytime count too!


1. Register: Sign your child up for the 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten reading program in the Youth Library & pick up your first reading log.

Optional: Create a free account with Beanstack or download the free Beanstack app on your phone or tablet.

2. Track Your Reading: Each time you read a book together color in a circle on your reading log. You can also track your reading with Beanstack.

3. Earn Prizes: For each 200 books you read with your child, come to the library to return your log and pick up a prize!

4. Keep Reading: When you reach 1,000 books you’ll receive a certificate of completion and a free book! Your child can also get their picture taken with a favorite book and be featured on the library’s social media.

Have any questions? Ask your friendly librarians! We can be reached by email at fplyl@cwmars.org or call us at 978-829-1789. 

Happy Reading!

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Download & print paper reading logs from home.