1000 Books Before Kindergarten

Join our reading readiness program designed to expose children to an assortment of classic stories that will help them on their journey to become independent readers! Sign up online or in person at the Youth Reference desk.

The program is ongoing throughout the year, so you may start any time. Periodically, as children accomplish listening milestones they will be invited to special parties at the library to celebrate their achievement!

This program is designed to encourage parents and caregivers to read at least 1000 books to children from birth to kindergarten.

If you have any questions, please contact the Youth Reference department at children@samuelslibrary.net or 540.635.3153 ext. 106. Follow this link for more information on using Beanstack.
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Events for Ages 5 & Under

  • Goodnight, Sweetheart! Virtual Pajama Story Time

    Wednesday, April 14th, 2021 
    7:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
    All Ages


    It's time for bed! Join Miss Pattie for some sweet bedtime stories. Watch on the Samuels Library Facebook Page or YouTube Channel.

  • Virtual Story Time

    Thursday, April 15th, 2021 
    10:00 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.
    All Ages


    They come out while you are sleeping . . . Nocturnal Animals. Listen to their stories this week. Watch on the Samuels Library Facebook Page or YouTube Channel.

  • Goodnight, Sweetheart! Virtual Pajama Story Time

    Wednesday, April 28th, 2021 
    7:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
    All Ages


    It's time for bed! Join Miss Pattie for some sweet bedtime stories. Watch on the Samuels Library Facebook Page or YouTube Channel.

  • Virtual Story Time

    Thursday, April 29th, 2021 
    10:00 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.
    All Ages


    We all live on Planet Earth! Listen to some wonderful books about our home during this week’s story time. Watch on the Samuels Library Facebook Page or YouTube Channel.

  • Goodnight, Sweetheart! Virtual Pajama Story Time

    Tuesday, May 4th, 2021 
    7:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
    All Ages


    Join Miss Pattie for some sweet bedtime stories. Watch on the Samuels Library Facebook Page or YouTube Channel.

  • Virtual Story Time

    Wednesday, May 5th, 2021 
    1:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
    All Ages


    It’s Picnic Time! Our stories this week will remind us of the fun and adventures we can have when we are on a picnic. Watch on the Samuels Library Facebook Page or YouTube Channel.

  • Garden Story Time

    Thursday, May 6th, 2021 
    11:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
    Ages 5 & Under  REGISTRATION REQUIRED 


    Bring in your child for an enjoyable time filled with amazing tales, exciting sing-alongs, and finger plays in our Children's Garden! It’s Picnic Time! Our stories this week will remind us of the fun and adventures we can have when we are on a picnic. Seating is limited, so every child who attends must be registered in advance. For everyone's health and safety, please plan on social distancing and wearing masks. Register for this event online.

  • Goodnight, Sweetheart! Virtual Pajama Story Time

    Tuesday, May 11th, 2021 
    7:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
    All Ages


    Join Miss Pattie for some sweet bedtime stories. Watch on the Samuels Library Facebook Page or YouTube Channel.

  • Virtual Story Time

    Wednesday, May 12th, 2021 
    1:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
    All Ages


    Miss Pattie will read beautiful stories this week, for our In the Garden theme. Watch on the Samuels Library Facebook Page or YouTube Channel.

  • Garden Story Time

    Thursday, May 13th, 2021 
    11:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
    Ages 5 & Under  REGISTRATION REQUIRED 


    Bring in your child for an enjoyable time filled with amazing tales, exciting sing-alongs, and finger plays in our Children's Garden! Miss Pattie will read beautiful stories this week, for our In the Garden theme. Seating is limited, so every child who attends must be registered in advance. For everyone's health and safety, please plan on social distancing and wearing masks. Register for this event online.

  • Goodnight, Sweetheart! Virtual Pajama Story Time

    Tuesday, May 18th, 2021 
    7:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
    All Ages


    It's time for bed! Join Miss Pattie for some sweet bedtime stories. Watch on the Samuels Library Facebook Page or YouTube Channel.

  • Virtual Story Time

    Wednesday, May 19th, 2021 
    1:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
    All Ages


    Let’s Go Fishing! Will be the theme of our stories this week. Watch on the Samuels Library Facebook Page or YouTube Channel.

  • Garden Story Time

    Thursday, May 20th, 2021 
    11:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
    Ages 5 & Under  REGISTRATION REQUIRED 


    Bring in your child for an enjoyable time filled with amazing tales, exciting sing-alongs, and finger plays in our Children's Garden! Let’s Go Fishing! Will be the theme of our stories this week. Seating is limited, so every child who attends must be registered in advance. For everyone's health and safety, please plan on social distancing and wearing masks. Register for this event online.

  • Goodnight, Sweetheart! Virtual Pajama Story Time

    Tuesday, May 25th, 2021 
    7:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
    All Ages


    Join Miss Pattie for some sweet bedtime stories. Watch on the Samuels Library Facebook Page or YouTube Channel.

  • Virtual Story Time

    Wednesday, May 26th, 2021 
    1:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
    All Ages


    Bugs are all around us! Enjoy some great stories about these fascinating creatures. Watch on the Samuels Library Facebook Page or YouTube Channel.

  • Garden Story Time

    Thursday, May 27th, 2021 
    11:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
    Ages 5 & Under  REGISTRATION REQUIRED 


    Bring in your child for an enjoyable time filled with amazing tales, exciting sing-alongs, and finger plays in our Children's Garden! Bugs are all around us! Enjoy some stories about these fascinating creatures. Seating is limited, so every child who attends must be registered in advance. For everyone's health and safety, please plan on social distancing and wearing masks. Register for this event online.