Free Early Learning Club from the Joliet Public Library

1000 Books Before Kindergarten is a fun way to encourage you and your child to read books together beginning at birth. Reading together helps develop important literacy skills that provide a solid reading foundation—a key to school and learning success. Plus, sharing stories together will lead to many special moments along the way.
Take every chance you have to read with your children, tell stories, say nursery rhymes, sing songs and attend library programs.

How to Join the Club:

  1. Visit Joliet Public Library; either the Ottawa Street Branch or the Black Road Branch.
  2. Receive a welcome packet with a log sheet and a free bag for books.
  3. Start reading! You can count books you read more than once as well as books read during storytime, by older siblings, and at daycare.
  4. Every 50 books, stop back by the library to get special sticker and the next log sheet. There are small prizes along the way as well, including books and small toys.
  5. Enjoy making memories and a difference in your child’s life!

You are your child’s first teacher.

You are your child’s first teacher.
Take advantage of the most important years in a child’s brain development... from birth to 5 years old!!!
Research shows that two of the most meaningful ways to impact your child’s brain development and later success in school are:

  • Loving and attentive care
  • A language rich environment—lots of talking, singing and listening.

Reading to your child from birth combines these two skills!


  • 1,000 books is a big goal. Don’t feel rushed, just enjoy the experience! By reading only one short book a day, you could easily complete the program in three years.
  • Joining the club is FREE and does not require a library card.
  • Getting a library card is free for taxpayers in our library district.
  • The library is a fun place featuring books to check out, online learning games like, free programs and great suggestions for what to read. Stop by often—we are here to help!




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