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.

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 1,095 books in three years. If you consider that most children start kindergarten at around 5 years of age, you have more time than you think. Plus, if you read just 10 stories a week for two years, that is 1,040 stories. Reading 1000 is a challenge but an achievable goal!

How to Participate

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 listening 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.

Come Read with Us!

The Timmins Public Library branches and EarlyON Centres offer literacy based programming to support early literacy development. We can help you and your child reach your reading goals!