1000 Books Before Kindergarten


It is never too early to start reading to your child and it is never too soon to start preparing for kindergarten.  Let the Allendale Library help you get them ready with our "1000 Books Before Kindergarten" program.


Participation is very easy.  Simply stop by the library and pick up a 100 Books packet which will include a program overview, list of recommended books, and your first reading log.  Kids get credit for each book they listen to.  Books read anywhere by anyone count whether they are library books at storytime, books read by a sibling or daycare provider, or audiobooks listen to on a mobile device.  For every 100 books read, bring in the reading log for a special prize.  After 1,000 books are read, your child will receive a free book, completion certificate, and have his/her picture on our Reading Wall of Fame in the library.  Does 1,000 books seem overwhelming? If you have 1 year before kindergarten, that is just 3 books a day.  If you have 3 years to kindergarten, that is only 1 book per day to achieve the goal of 1,000 books!



Become a Royal Reader 1-100
Become a Royal Reader 101-200
Become a Royal Reader 201-300
Become a Royal Reader 301-400
Become a Royal Reader 401-500
​Become a Royal Reader 501-600
Become a Royal Reader 601-700
Become a Royal Reader 701-800
Become a Royal Reader 801-900
Become a Royal Reader 901-1,000

Fire Up Your Reading Skills 1-100

Fire Up Your Reading Skills 101-200
Fire Up Your Reading Skills 201-300
Fire Up Your Reading Skills 301-400
Fire Up Your Reading Skills 401-500
Fire Up Your Reading Skills 501-600
Fire Up Your Reading Skills 601-700
Fire Up Your Reading Skills 701-800
Fire Up Your Reading Skills 801-900
Fire Up Your Reading Skills 901-1,000


Storytime | Monday, February 27, 2017 @ 10:00 AM

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Movement & Music | Monday, February 27, 2017 @ 10:30 AM

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Creative Dance @ the Library | Tuesday, February 28, 2017 @ 9:30 AM

The Library is teaming up with Lake Michigan Dance Academy to offer Creative Dance for Kids!  This class will introduce your children to basic principles of dance through new and imaginative ways of moving.  Join us for what is sure to be a fun, energetic, and exciting 30 minutes of creativity.  To learn more about Lake Michigan Dance Academy, find them online at www.lakemichigandance.com

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Playtime @ the Library | Tuesday, February 28, 2017 @ 10:00 AM

Come join us for some sensory play activities at the library.

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New Technique Tuesdays (for Adults): Jewelry-Making | Tuesday, February 28, 2017 @ 7:00 PM

Learn to use beads to make your own jewelry. Participants will make a set of earrings and a necklace. Must be at least 13 to attend.

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Learn @ Your Library: "Lewis & Clark Expedition" | Thursday, March 02, 2017 @ 6:30 PM

Randy portrays Sergeant Patrick Gass of the Lewis and Clark Expedition, a carpenter on the journey and the first to publish his journal after the expedition. Patrick Gass lived to be 98 years old and thus had a better perspective on how the Lewis and Clark Expedition changed the course of American history than any other member on the expedition. Why they went, what they saw, who they met, and what they did on this extraordinary adventure into American west is our focus. A wide variety of artifacts utilized throughout the  program helps to bring history to life.  In the year 1800 Meriwether Lewis served as paymaster for  Fort Detroit and some of Patrick Gass' relatives still live here in Michigan. Program length one hour. Best suited for grades 4 through adult.

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