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Dear Parents and Caregivers,

On behalf of the 1,000 Books Foundation, Alpena County George N. Fletcher Public Library invites you to participate in the FREE program, which encourages you to read 1,000 books with your child before they start kindergarten!


The concept is simple, the rewards are priceless.  Read books to your newborn, infant, or toddler with the goal of reading 1,000 books before your child starts kindergarten.  By reading just one books a day, your child will have read 365 books in one year, 730 books in two years and 1,095 books in three years.  Considering that most children begin kindergarten around five years of age, there is ample time to complete the challenge, no matter when you  begin!


Register your child for the program at

Record each book that you read with your child on the provided log, in a notebook, on our phone, etc.  Repetition is great for learning so feel free to read and record your favorite books over and over and over again.  Don’t forget to include the books you hear at your library storytimes.

When you complete 100 books, contact Alpena County George N. Fletcher Public Library to have your progress recorded and to receive a reward for your effort.  Keep repeating the process.

When you reach 500 books, you are halfway there.  Contact Alpena County George N. Fletcher Public Library to pick up a free book as a special reward for reaching this milestone.

Once you log 1,000 books, you complete the program!  Contact Alpena County George N. Fletcher Public Library to receive your certificate of completion and a very special grand prize.


Who can participate in this program?
Any child who has not yet started kindergarten, from birth and up, can participate.

How long will the program take?
The program will take anywhere from a few months to a few years, as it is self-paced and dependent on how often you read together.

How many of my children can participate?
All of them.  Make it even more fun and read as a family.