Storytime

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1000 Books Before Kindergarten
Books for Babies
Remind

On behalf of the 1,000 Books Foundation , the Friends of Summit Free Public Library, and the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders, we invite you to participate in this free program which encourages you to read 1,000 books with your child before he or she starts kindergarten.

The concept is simple, the rewards are priceless. Read a book (any book) with your baby or young child. The goal is to have read 1,000 books before your child starts kindergarten. You can repeat books, and read together at whatever pace is easiest for you and your child.

HOW YOU DO IT:

  • Sign up at the Ask Us Desk at Summit Library or on the library’s website, and take home a paper reading log for your first 100 books. You also get to put your child’s name on a book and tape it to our 1,000 Books before kindergarten timeline. 
  • Read with your child. Reading together is fun and will create life-long memories for the both of you.
  • Keep track of the titles of the books that you read with your child. You may do so on a paper log provided by the library, online on https://summitlibrary.readsquared.com from a computer or mobile device, or download the 1,000 Books app on your mobile device.
  • If you can, keep a record of “any” book that is being read to your child. This includes teachers, librarians, siblings and other relatives.
  • For every 100 books you read together, stop by the library and show a librarian to receive a milestone sticker, and we will move your child’s name down the timeline.
  • Your child will also receive special incentives for reading 500 books, and by completing the program and reading 1,000 books. Simply visit the Ask Us Desk to receive your incentives.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Who can participate in this program?
Any child from birth until the child enters kindergarten can participate in the 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten program.

How long will the program take?
The program will take anywhere from a few monthsto a few years. The program is self-paced and will depend on how often you read together.

How many of my children can participate?
All of them (provided they have not yet started kindergarten). Make it even more fun and read as a family!

Summit Reads to Babies is a program designed to promote the importance of reading to babies and young children. Sponsored by the Summit Free Public Library, the Mom’s Club of Summit, and the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders, the program encourages parents to bring their young children to the library and introduce them to the joys of books and reading.

Any child under the age of two is eligible for this program and will receive a gift from the library. Included in a special book bag will be information about getting a library card for your child, bookmarks, bibliographies of great books for children, information about our 1,000 books before kindergarten program and a gift board book.

  • Get quick text message or email updates from the youth services library staff about events, programs, and movie showings sent to your phone or email!  Here are a few ways you can sign up:

    • Send a text message to the number 81010 with the following message text:
      • @sfplittles:  Storytime reminders for parents/guardians/caregivers of Children ages 6 months thru Kindergarten
      • @sfplkids:  Programs reminders for parents/guardians/caregivers of Children in Grades 1-5

Contact

Tel: 908-273-0350

Fax: (908) 273-0031

Address: 75 Maple Street, Summit, NJ 07901

Hours

Monday9am - 9pm
Tuesday9am - 9pm
Wednesday9am - 9pm
Thursday9am - 9pm
Friday9am - 5pm
Saturday9am - 5pm
SundayClosed
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