Children

At the Goffstown Public Library it is our mission to provide quality educational, literary and community programming to the children and families of Goffstown.

Liz Erickson, Library Assistant, Youth Services | elizabethe@goffstownlibrary.com
Patti Penick, Head of Youth Services Librarian | pattip@goffstownlibrary.com

List of books for children about the COVID-19 virus and the pandemic, with most free and available online – https://journals.ala.org/index.php/cal/article/view/7373/10142

1000 Books Before Kindergarten​

The single most important thing you can do to prepare your children to read is to read to them every day. Research proves that children need to hear 1000 books before they begin to learn to read independently. Reading to children will:
  • increase their vocabulary,
  • increase their listening and narrative skills,
  • help to instill in them self-awareness and confidence,
  • impart an understanding of their place in the world.

HOW CAN I READ 1000 BOOKS? It’s easy!
One book a day for three years = 1000
Three books a day for one year = 1000
Ten books a week for two years = 1000

WHAT COUNTS? Everything! Every book you read counts every time you read it. Books your child hears at Story Time count. Books that others read to your child count. It all counts!

WHERE CAN I SIGN UP? When the Library is closed, you can sign up at www.goffstownlibrary.com/calendar. When we’re open, please sign up in the Children’s Room. We’ll give you log sheets to help you keep count of the books you read with your child, along with rewards and incentives during your journey – including a 1000 Books Before Kindergarten tote bag after you have read your first 100 books! Printable log sheets are below.

WHEN: Register anytime from your child’s birth up through entering kindergarten.

It’s one of the best gifts you will ever give your child … and yourself!


Download & Print:

1000 Books Before Kindergarten
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From book talks and craft projects to cooking adventures—find them on our YouTube channel at https://www.youtube.com/goffstownlibrary. Some videos created by the Teen Services staff:

Kids’ Book Talk with Ms. Patti
New Chapter Books

Pop-Tart® Gingerbread Houses
with Stacey and Ms. Doreen

Simple STEAM Activity – Bird Nest

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