Buncombe County Public Libraries introduces 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten Program

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Have a budding bookworm on your hands? Children five years old and younger are invited to participate in Buncombe County Public Libraries’ 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten program.

Beginning tomorrow, Saturday, Aug. 12, families can pick up a program booklet at any local library. Parents record the titles of books they read to their child — and once you reach 500 books, return the booklet to any Buncombe County Public Library location to receive a free canvas tote bag. Once 1,000 books are read, make your way back to the library to be presented with your well-earned certificate of completion. Kiddos have until they start kindergarten to finish the program.

The program kicks off with a launch party at the East Asheville Public Library tomorrow, Saturday, Aug. 12 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Show your excitement with games, crafts, puppets, and children’s band Big, Bang, Boom!. Ready, set, read.