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

  • Toddler Story Time

    Wednesday, September 29th, 2021 
    10:15 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.
    In-Person Event
    Ages 3½ & Under


    Bring your toddler to a potpourri of simple stories, fun songs, and a cute craft! We’ll have a great time as we read stories about apples!

  • Preschool Story Time

    Wednesday, September 29th, 2021 
    11:00 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.
    In-Person Event
    Ages 3½ - 5


    Come in with your preschooler for an enjoyable hour filled with amazing tales, exciting sing-alongs, finger plays, and a nifty craft! We’ll have a great time as we read stories about apples!

  • Toddler Story Time

    Wednesday, October 6th, 2021 
    10:15 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.
    In-Person Event
    Ages 3½ & Under  REGISTRATION REQUIRED 


    Bring your toddler to a potpourri of simple stories, fun songs, and a cute craft! We Love Hiking will be the theme of our stories, songs and finger plays this week. Each child will receive a take-home craft kit. Register for this event online.

  • Preschool Story Time

    Wednesday, October 6th, 2021 
    11:00 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.
    In-Person Event
    Ages 3½ - 5  REGISTRATION REQUIRED 


    Come in with your preschooler for an enjoyable hour filled with amazing tales, exciting sing-alongs, finger plays, and a nifty craft! We Love Hiking will be the theme of our stories, songs and finger plays this week. Each child will receive a take-home craft kit. Register for this event online.

  • Goodnight, Sweetheart! Virtual Pajama Story Time

    Tuesday, October 12th, 2021 
    7:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
    Virtual Event
    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.

  • Toddler Story Time

    Wednesday, October 13th, 2021 
    10:15 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.
    In-Person Event
    Ages 3½ & Under  REGISTRATION REQUIRED 


    Bring your toddler to a potpourri of simple stories, fun songs, and a cute craft! First Responders will be the theme of our stories, songs, and craft! Register for this event online.

  • Preschool Story Time

    Wednesday, October 13th, 2021 
    11:00 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.
    In-Person Event
    Ages 3½ - 5  REGISTRATION REQUIRED 


    Come in with your preschooler for an enjoyable hour filled with amazing tales, exciting sing-alongs, finger plays, and a nifty craft! First Responders will be the theme of our stories, songs, and craft! Register for this event online.

  • Toddler Story Time

    Wednesday, October 20th, 2021 
    10:15 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.
    In-Person Event
    Ages 3½ & Under  REGISTRATION REQUIRED 


    Bring your toddler to a potpourri of simple stories, fun songs, and a cute craft! Fall Fun will be the theme of our stories, songs, and craft! Register for this event online.

  • Preschool Story Time

    Wednesday, October 20th, 2021 
    11:00 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.
    In-Person Event
    Ages 3½ - 5  REGISTRATION REQUIRED 


    Come in with your preschooler for an enjoyable hour filled with amazing tales, exciting sing-alongs, finger plays, and a nifty craft! Fall Fun will be the theme of our stories, songs, and craft. Register for this event online.