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We’re happy to report that out new 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten (1KBBK) program has been extremely well received since its January launch. In case you haven’t heard of this exciting new program, 1KBBK is a nationwide initiative to promote strong early literacy skills for newborns, infants and toddlers before they head off to school. The program's concept is simple: read 1,000 books to your little ones and keep track of their progress through Beanstack, the library's online reading tracker.

So, let’s check in and see how the kids are doing so far:

  • 140 = the number of kids participating in January
  • 377 = the number of kids participating in June
  • 30,970 = the total number of books read so far
  • Three = the number of books per day a child needs to read to reach 1,000 in just under a year
  • Three = the number of kids who have already reached the 1,000 book milestone

Congratulations to Ava Duchini (age 3) from our Bordentown Library for being the first child from the Burlington County Library System to accomplish this incredible feat!

Remember, each child who reaches the 1,000-book goal will be recognized with a personalized commemorative bookplate. Children will be invited to put their bookplates in picture books of their choosing at their local branches.

We’re also excited to announce that we will soon be adding new books to the 1KBBK collection at all of BCLS branches thanks to a generous donation from the BCLS Foundation. So keep an eye out for new titles! The books are due to hit the shelves just in time for this year’s Summer Reading Program, which kicks off June 18.

Also just in time for Summer Reading, Beanstack is launching a mobile app. Download the free app onto your tablet or smartphone and log your reading quickly and easily by scanning the barcode on the back of any book! This feature will be especially helpful when logging all 1,000 books, including books shared on the go and at story times throughout the year. The app is available for free on the App Store and Google Play.