1000 Books Before Kindergarten

Join our reading readiness program designed to expose children to an assortment of classic stories that will help them on their journey to become independent readers! Sign up online or in person at the Youth Reference desk.

The program is ongoing throughout the year, so you may start any time. Periodically, as children accomplish listening milestones they will be invited to special parties at the library to celebrate their achievement!

This program is designed to encourage parents and caregivers to read at least 1000 books to children from birth to kindergarten.

If you have any questions, please contact the Youth Reference department at children@samuelslibrary.net or 540.635.3153 ext. 106. Follow this link for more information on using Beanstack.
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Events for Ages 5 & Under

  • Toddler Story Time

    Wednesday, May 18th, 2022 
    10:15 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.
    In-Person Event
    Ages 3½ & Under  REGISTRATION REQUIRED 


    Bring your toddler to a potpourri of simple stories, fun songs, and a cute craft! Adventures will be the theme of our stories, songs, and craft! Register for this event online.

  • Preschool Story Time

    Wednesday, May 18th, 2022 
    11:00 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.
    In-Person Event
    Ages 3½ - 5  REGISTRATION REQUIRED 


    Come in with your preschooler for an enjoyable hour filled with amazing tales, exciting sing-alongs, finger plays, and a nifty craft! Adventures will be the theme of our stories, songs, and craft! Register for this event online.

  • Music & Movement for Babies & Toddlers

    Monday, May 23rd, 2022 
    11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    In-Person Event
    Ages 2 & Under  REGISTRATION REQUIRED 


    Join our relaxed and joyful time with our little ones as we incorporate music, beginning yoga, and multisensory activities designed to delight your baby. Register for this event online.

  • Toddler Story Time

    Wednesday, May 25th, 2022 
    10:15 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.
    In-Person Event
    Ages 3½ & Under  REGISTRATION REQUIRED 


    Bring your toddler to a potpourri of simple stories, fun songs, and a cute craft! Bees Knees will be the theme of our stories, songs, and craft! Register for this event online.

  • Preschool Story Time

    Wednesday, May 25th, 2022 
    11:00 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.
    In-Person Event
    Ages 3½ - 5  REGISTRATION REQUIRED 


    Come in with your preschooler for an enjoyable hour filled with amazing tales, exciting sing-alongs, finger plays, and a nifty craft! Bees Knees will be the theme of our stories, songs, and craft! Register for this event online.

  • Toddler Story Time

    Wednesday, June 8th, 2022 
    10:15 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.
    In-Person Event
    Ages 3½ & Under  REGISTRATION REQUIRED 


    Warren Reads Program in collaboration with Warren County Parks and Rec. Each month throughout the summer enjoy an important community member guest reading during story time. This month we will have a special guest from the Sheriff’s Office! Register for this event online.

  • Preschool Story Time

    Wednesday, June 8th, 2022 
    11:00 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.
    In-Person Event
    Ages 3½ - 5  REGISTRATION REQUIRED 


    Warren Reads Program in collaboration with Warren County Parks and Rec. Each month throughout the summer enjoy an important community member guest reading during story time. This month we will have a special guest from the Sheriff’s Office! Register for this event online.

  • Toddler Trails: Creek Critters at Burrell Brooks Park

    Friday, June 10th, 2022 
    10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
    Off-Site Event | Burrell Brooks Park, 450 E Criser Road, Front Royal
    Ages 2 - 5  REGISTRATION REQUIRED 


    Meet the librarians of Samuels Library and the wonderful ladies of Parks and Rec at the shelter to explore the fascinating world of critters that live in and by the creek! Be sure to bring water shoes. Register for this event online.

  • StoryWalk® at Eastham Park

    Saturday, June 11th, 2022 
    11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
    Off-Site Event | Eastham Park, 860 Luray Avenue, Front Royal
    All Ages


    Join us as we celebrate the new StoryWalk® book, Nobody Likes a Goblin by beloved local author Ben Hatke! The author himself will be joining us for a reading as well as a talk on his "3 Secrets of Visual Storytelling." He will offer books for sale and a special book signing.

  • Music & Movement for Babies & Toddlers

    Monday, June 13th, 2022 
    11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    In-Person Event
    Ages 2 & Under  REGISTRATION REQUIRED 


    Join our relaxed and joyful time with our little ones as we incorporate music, beginning yoga, and multisensory activities designed to delight your baby. Register for this event online.

  • Toddler Story Time

    Wednesday, June 15th, 2022 
    10:15 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.
    In-Person Event
    Ages 3½ & Under  REGISTRATION REQUIRED 


    Bring your toddler to a potpourri of simple stories, fun songs, and a cute craft! Animals will be the theme of our stories, songs, and craft, with a special guest, June Smalls! Register for this event online.

  • Preschool Story Time

    Wednesday, June 15th, 2022 
    11:00 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.
    In-Person Event
    Ages 3½ - 5  REGISTRATION REQUIRED 


    Come in with your preschooler for an enjoyable hour filled with amazing tales, exciting sing-alongs, finger plays, and a nifty craft! Animals will be the theme of our stories, songs, and craft, with a special guest, June Smalls! Register for this event online.

  • Toddler Story Time

    Wednesday, June 22nd, 2022 
    10:15 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.
    In-Person Event
    Ages 3½ & Under  REGISTRATION REQUIRED 


    Bring your toddler to a potpourri of simple stories, fun songs, and a cute craft! Learning about our neighbors, Canada and Mexico, will be the theme of our stories, songs, and craft! Register for this event online.

  • Preschool Story Time

    Wednesday, June 22nd, 2022 
    11:00 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.
    In-Person Event
    Ages 3½ - 5  REGISTRATION REQUIRED 


    Come in with your preschooler for an enjoyable hour filled with amazing tales, exciting sing-alongs, finger plays, and a nifty craft! Learning about our neighbors, Canada and Mexico, will be the theme of our stories, songs, and craft! Register for this event online.

  • Music & Movement for Babies & Toddlers

    Monday, June 27th, 2022 
    11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    In-Person Event
    Ages 2 & Under  REGISTRATION REQUIRED 


    Join our relaxed and joyful time with our little ones as we incorporate music, beginning yoga, and multisensory activities designed to delight your baby. Register for this event online.

  • Toddler Story Time

    Wednesday, June 29th, 2022 
    10:15 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.
    In-Person Event
    Ages 3½ & Under  REGISTRATION REQUIRED 


    Bring your toddler to a potpourri of simple stories, fun songs, and a cute craft! Stars and the Moon will be the theme of our stories, songs, and craft! Register for this event online.

  • Preschool Story Time

    Wednesday, June 29th, 2022 
    11:00 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.
    In-Person Event
    Ages 3½ - 5  REGISTRATION REQUIRED 


    Come in with your preschooler for an enjoyable hour filled with amazing tales, exciting sing-alongs, finger plays, and a nifty craft! Stars and the Moon will be the theme of our stories, songs, and craft! Register for this event online.