An exciting new early literacy program is now available at both Timmins Public Library branches and the three local EarlyON centres.

1000 Books Before Kindergarten is a free, self-paced program that encourages local families and caregivers to read 1000 books with their young children before they enter kindergarten. The concept is simple...the rewards are priceless! Read a book (any book) to your newborn, infant, and/or toddler.

The key is perseverance. Make it part of your daily routine to read to your child. Reading together is fun and will create life-long memories for both of you. What a great way to bond with your child curled up with you while you read together.

It's Easy! If you read just 1 book a night, you will read 365 books in a year. That is 730 books in two years and 1095 books in three years. If you consider that most children start kindergarten at around 4 years of age, you have more time than you think. Plus, if you read just 10 stories a week for two years, that is 1040 stories. Reading 1000 books is a challenge but an achievable goal!

How to Participate

  1. Register. Register here or visit one of the Timmins Public Library branches or one of the Timmins EarlyON Centres and fill out the registration form. Every child will receive an early literacy kit featuring tools to help them successfully start their reading journey.
  2. Track Your Reading. There are 2 ways to keep track of your reading progress:
    • You can keep track on paper, using the 1000 Books Before Kindergarten reading log or
    • You can keep track online using the 1000 Books Before Kindergarten app.
    • If you read the same story ten times, record it ten times. Repetition is part of the learning process.
  3. Show us Your Reading Log. Visit one of the Timmins Public Library branches or one of the Timmins EarlyON centres when you reach 100, 250, 500, 750 and 1000 book milestones. At each recorded milestone, the child will receive a special surprise from our treasure chest.
  4. Read More Books! When you reach 1000 books, your child will be invited to a special ceremony celebrating your child's amazing achievement!
  5. Join us at our Lunch, Learn, and Literacy Group. There will be bi-monthly meet-ups for registered participants to gather and socialize. Some of the sessions will be facilitated by local parenting experts. The meet-ups will rotate between the Timmins Public Library branches and Timmins EarlyON centres. Please note that times, dates, and locations of the meet-ups will vary so please check the program website or Facebook page for the most up-to-date information.

It's all FREE!! Let's get started....


Studies have shown that families who start reading aloud to their children at birth help strengthen their language skills and build their vocabulary -- two important tools when they begin learning to read in kindergarten. Learning to read starts way before Kindergarten. Print and sound awareness, print recognition and vocabulary all come from listiening to their parents talk and read to them. Reading together in the early years is about connection, print awareness, sound awareness, print recognition, vocabulary and fun.