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Children's Reading Challenges

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For pre-readers, families and caregivers are invited to take part in our 1000 Books Before Kindergarten program. For children in kindergarten to grade 8, we offer our Junior Librarian Reading Club. Reading tracking is done through the app Readers Zone. To begin logging books of minutes-read in either challenge through Reader Zone, go HERE. For more information about both reading challenges, see below.


1000 Books before Kindergarten1000 Books Before Kindergarten encourages all families and caregivers to read 1000 books with their young children before they enter kindergarten.

Studies have shown that families who start reading aloud to their children at birth help strengthen their language skills and build their vocabulary - two important tools when they begin learning to read in kindergarten.

Use Reader Zone to enter the titles or simply the number of books read.

The Junior Librarian Reading Club challenges children to read for 10,000 minutes. Every month, children that read for at least 400 minutes can visit the library to claim the special monthly reading prize. Children that complete the program will receive an MLIS Jr. (Master of Library & Information Science), a Junior Librarian badge, and join our Junior Librarian Wall of Fame. Special button badges can be earned by reading 5 books on a particular genre (science fiction/fantasy, Canadian, nonfiction, etc.). Visit the Reader's Advisory desk to pick up your JR Librarian Badge 

Use Reader Zone to enter the number of minutes read.