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”All I really need to know…I learned in kindergarten.”
~ Robert Fulghum

Each year on April 21, we celebrate National Kindergarten Day. Intended to provide a safe place for young children while their parents were tending to the family’s needs, kindergarten began in Germany in 1776 and now marks a magical time of learning, playing and making new friends.

The library is instrumental in preparing families for the start of kindergarten. Library story time is about more than just reading a book. While story time brings families and friends together in a forum of free entertainment, early literacy and child development are supported with every song and activity. If you haven’t tried one of our children’s programs, take a look at our online calendar of events. Because we have so many wonderful programs to choose from, you may want to limit your search by location and age group to find just the right one. 

The library is committed to supporting each family and we also have a new program called 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten (1KBBK). Participate at your own pace by reading your child’s favorite books and discovering some new ones at your local library. We even have a special 1KBBK book collection with some of our favorite titles just perfect for your baby, toddler, and preschooler. Create an account using Beanstack, the library’s online reading tracker. Start logging your books to reach your goal of 1,000 books. If you read just one book per night, you will reach your goal within three years!  Don’t forget to re-read your child’s favorite titles. Repetition supports learning. This is a fun, simple way to promote reading readiness for kindergarten. 

Reading books about kindergarten is another fun way to celebrate National Kindergarten Day.
Try one of these titles below.