2023: 1000 Books Before Kindergarten Celebration

We Celebrated!

1000 books before kindergarten logoOn Friday September 8th, York County Libraries celebrated the children who completed 1000 Books Before Kindergarten this year! This is the fifth year for our 1000 Books program. We had approximately 150 children and family members attend the celebration. Thank you for making it a magical night.

The 1000 Books Before Kindergarten Annual Celebration included a special presentation by Kathy MacMillan, author of The Runaway Shirt. Each young reader was individually recognized and received their very own copy of The Runaway Shirt as well as a completion certificate. Then everyone joined us in celebrating at the end with some a dance party and some snacks! 

1KBK Event Slideshow by YCL Youth Services & Centralized

So, What’s Next?

Cover Image of McMillan's The Runaway Shirt

Many of our 1000 Books families want to know: We’ve finished 1000 books, so what now? Your reading journey with your child has just begun! There are oodles of opportunities at the library for you and your child. Find fun events and programs on our website calendar. Or use the Beanstack app to keep tracking books and participate in new reading challenges. There are 13 libraries in the county to explore and keep the fun of reading alive! 

You can also stay in the know with our Kids’ Events eNewsletter or check out our social media pages or website for updates.

We are so glad your family are members at York County Libraries. Thank you for giving your child the gift of reading! We look forward to seeing you at the library soon!

About the Author

Kathy MacMillan (she/her) is a writer, librarian, nationally certified American Sign Language interpreter and signing storyteller.  She writes picture books, children’s nonfiction, young adult fantasy, and resource books for librarians, educators, and parents. Find her online at KathyMacMillan.com.

Her program at the celebration was Read, Sign, and Play: In this high-energy author story time, Kathy MacMillan shared her picture book The Runaway Shirt, along with American Sign Language songs and action rhymes and literacy tips for families. Everyone had a great time learning some signs and enjoying the fun story!

Curious About 1000 Books?

Children who have not yet started kindergarten can be registered for the 1000 Books program at any time! You’ll use the Beanstack tracker app to track your progress; children need their own library card number to participate (it’s free!). Learn more on our 1000 Books page here.

Already enrolled in 1000 Books Before Kindergarten, but still working toward your goal? That’s okay! Right after we determine the current year’s completers (based on their logs in Beanstack), we start counting completers for the next year’s annual celebration. And children at any stage are welcome to join us for our Mid-Year Celebration in late winter!