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1000 Books Before Kindergarten

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It doesn't matter if your child is three or three months -- it's never too early to start growing a reader! The simple and enjoyable act of sharing books helps your child learn pre-reading skills such as understanding the sounds letters make, developing a bigger vocabulary, and building background knowledge—all important skills that help prepare your child for learning to read and entering kindergarten. 

How It Works:

  1. Register: Sign up online or download the Beanstack app and search for “Flower Mound Public Library.” All children who have not yet started kindergarten are eligible! If your child participated in the Summer Reading Challenge, you can use the Beanstack login you already have.
  2. Track Your Reading: Enter each book you read with your child into Beanstack. Every book counts! Even if your child wants to hear the same book again and again, you can count it each time. You can also count the books your child hears in storytime, in daycare or preschool, or with a friend or family member, as long as your child listens to the entire book. 
  3. 100-Book Milestones: Each time you read 100 books, come to the Youth Services Desk to receive a small reward for your child and add a petal to their flower on the 1,000 Books Reader Wall 
  4. 1,000 Books: You did it! Come to the Youth Services Desk to choose a prize for your child, add their last petal to the Reader Wall, and have their picture taken (optional). Look for their invitation to the next scheduled 1,000 Books party in your email!

Weekly Children's Classes

2021-22 Schedule
Fall/Winter Session
September 7, 2021 - December 16, 2021
Winter/Spring Session
January 3, 2022 - April 28, 2022
Summer Session
June 1, 2022 - July 31, 2022

All attendees must have an entry pass to attend weekly classes. Passes are free and available upon request at the Youth Services Desk beginning 30 minutes before the start of the program until all passes have been distributed. Masks are required for adults when social distancing is not possible.

Buzzing Bumblebees: Geared toward children who are not yet walking, this class will encourage babies to explore the world of language and develop motor skills through books, songs, rhymes and related activities. Buzzing Bumblebees meets on Mondays at 9:30 a.m. and Tuesdays at 11 a.m.

Wiggly Walkers: A new class designed for “new walkers” (those who are just starting to walk and still require some assistance) up to the age of two. Wiggly Walkers encourages tots to build early literacy skills through music, books, and rhyme. This class meets Wednesdays at 9:30 a.m. and Thursdays at 11 a.m.

Romping Rhymers: Two- and three-year-olds will have a rollicking time reading, singing, and dancing while continuing to build literacy skills at Romping Rhymers on Wednesdays at 11 a.m. and Thursdays at 9:30 a.m.

Leaping Learners: Children ages three to five will share books, sing songs, and develop group listening skills in this class designed as a launch pad to reading. Leaping Learners meets Mondays at 11 a.m. and Tuesdays at 9:30 a.m.

Monthly Children's Programs

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For Babies

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For All Ages

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For Elementary

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