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The Library Lowdown

The Elm Grove Public Library, established and supported by the citizens of Elm Grove, provides access to library facilities, resources, and services necessary to meet the informational, educational, and leisure needs of all the people in the community. It assembles, preserves, and administers an organized collection of print and non-print materials to fill those needs. It places special emphasis on stimulating interest and life-long appreciation for reading and learning among children and adults alike

Introduce your child to a world of stories with 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten, beginning this Monday 1/6

Children’s author Mem Fox is credited with stating that “children need to hear a thousand stories before they can begin to read.” With that in mind, the Elm Grove Public Library is proud to be launching “1,000 Books Before Kindergarten,” a new children’s reading program beginning this Monday, January 6. The concept behind this program is that by having heard at least 1000 stories before kindergarten, your children will be better prepared for when they start school.

While reading 1,000 stories may sound like a daunting task, it’s really not. Stories can be repeated more than once. If you read just one story every night, you will have read 365 stories in just one year. After three years, that’s 1,095 books! Considering most children begin kindergarten at 5 years old, there is more than enough time for 1,000 stories and beyond.

Reading to your children is a fun and rewarding experience; it can build a bond that lasts a lifetime while enriching the minds of your precious little ones. Families with pre-readers or early readers are encouraged to take part in this program, which is eligible for children of any age up to 5-year-old kindergarten. When you sign up, your child will recieve a book bag with a folder for their reading logs. Parents and children can keep track of the number of books they read until they reach 1,000 books, checking in at the library along the way for stamps or stickers on their reading logs. When 500 books have been read, the child will receive a free book while supplies last. When all 1,000 books have been completed, a bookplate will go into a new picture book stating that your child has read 1,000 books before Kindergarten. That book will become part of the permanent library collection.

Registration for 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten begins at the library January 6. Full details of the program are available in the library or at While all libraries in Waukesha County will be taking part in a 1,000 books program, each program will be customized for its own community and will not be interchangeable from library to library. Therefore, families who sign up for the 1,000 Books program at the Elm Grove Library will need to do all of their reading log check-ins at the Elm Grove Library. So get signed up and start reading today, there is an entire world of stories to explore!

If you have any questions about 1000 Books Before Kindergarten, call the library at (262) 782-6717, or visit

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