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Growing Readers

The goal of the Growing Readers program is for your child to hear 1000 books before the time they start Kindergarten. Reading to children benefits them in so many ways! It fosters a love of reading, introduces new words, and gets a child ready to learn to read when they start school.

How do we participate?

Participation is easy! Simple fill in a leaf on your child's reading log for every book they hear. Every book counts, so include books your child hears at storytime, at daycare, recorded books, books from home, and storywalks. If you read a book more than once, fill in a new circle for each time your child hears it. 

How long does it take?

This is a self-paced, ongoing program. It can take as much or as little time as you want! Here are some example timelines:

1 book per day x 3 years= 1095 books

10 books per week x 2 years= 1040 books

3 books per day x 1 year= 1095 books

Who can Participate?

Any child from birth until they start Kindergarten can participate!

Where can I sign up?

Sign up and receive your first reading log at locations throughout the county:

  • Children's Circulation Desk at the Bartholomew County Public Library 536 Fifth St., Columbus, IN
  • Hope Branch Library - 635 Harrison St., Hope, IN
  • BCPL Bookmobile
  • BCPL Book Express
  • Viewpoint Books - 548 Washington St., Columbus, IN

Track your child's progress through the Growing Readers program using our Reading Logs. Each log contains 100 leaves to be colored in as you progress through the program along with a unique Early Literacy tip. Reading Logs can be picked up at the Children's Desk or printed out at home using the link below.  

Printable Reading Logs

When you have finished one reading log, bring it back to a library location or Viewpoint Books to receive a sticker and your next reading log. When your child has read 1000 books and finished the program, they will receive a voucher for a FREE book of their choice at Viewpoint Books!

Growing Readers in the Community test