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

  • Music & Movement for Babies & Toddlers

    Monday, June 24th, 2024 
    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 26th, 2024 
    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 about Outer Space. Siblings welcome. Register for this event online.

  • Read with the Sheriff Preschool Story Time

    Wednesday, June 26th, 2024 
    11:00 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.
    In-Person Event
    Ages 3½ - 5  REGISTRATION REQUIRED 


    This week we will have a special guest from the Sheriff’s office! Come in for an enjoyable hour filled with Outer Space stories, exciting sing-alongs, finger plays, and a nifty craft! Register for this event online.

  • StoryWalk® at Eastham Park

    Saturday, June 29th, 2024 
    11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
    Off-Site Event | Eastham Park, 860 Luray Avenue, Front Royal
    All Ages


    Join us at Eastham Park for the new installment of Woodpecker Wants a Waffle. Hear the story and do a craft!

  • Music & Movement for Babies & Toddlers

    Monday, July 1st, 2024 
    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, July 3rd, 2024 
    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 on Patriotism. Siblings welcome. Register for this event online.

  • Preschool Story Time

    Wednesday, July 3rd, 2024 
    11:00 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.
    In-Person Event
    Ages 3½ - 5  REGISTRATION REQUIRED 


    Come in for an enjoyable hour filled with Patriotic stories, exciting sing-alongs, finger plays, and a nifty craft. Register for this event online.

  • Music & Movement for Babies & Toddlers

    Monday, July 8th, 2024 
    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, July 10th, 2024 
    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 about Fishing! Siblings welcome. Register for this event online.

  • Preschool Story Time

    Wednesday, July 10th, 2024 
    11:00 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.
    In-Person Event
    Ages 3½ - 5  REGISTRATION REQUIRED 


    Come in for an enjoyable hour filled with Fish stories, exciting sing-alongs, finger plays, and a nifty craft! Register for this event online.

  • Toddler Trails with Warren County Parks & Rec

    Friday, July 12th, 2024 
    10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
    Off-Site Event | Chimney Field Park, 410 W 12th Street, Front Royal
    Ages 2 - 5  REGISTRATION REQUIRED 


    Join us at Chimney Field/Peter LeHew Park to learn about dandelions, taste some dandelion cream cheese on crackers, and make a dandelion craft! Register for this event online.

  • Music & Movement for Babies & Toddlers

    Monday, July 15th, 2024 
    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, July 17th, 2024 
    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 about Thunder Storms. Siblings welcome. Register for this event online.

  • Preschool Story Time

    Wednesday, July 17th, 2024 
    11:00 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.
    In-Person Event
    Ages 3½ - 5  REGISTRATION REQUIRED 


    Come in for an enjoyable hour filled with Thunder Storm stories, exciting sing-alongs, finger plays, and a nifty craft! Register for this event online.

  • Music & Movement for Babies & Toddlers

    Monday, July 22nd, 2024 
    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, July 24th, 2024 
    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 about Picnics. Siblings welcome. Register for this event online.

  • Read with the Sheriff Preschool Story Time

    Wednesday, July 24th, 2024 
    11:00 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.
    In-Person Event
    Ages 3½ - 5  REGISTRATION REQUIRED 


    This week we will have a special guest from the Sheriff’s office! Come in for an enjoyable hour filled with Picnic stories, exciting sing-alongs, finger plays, and a nifty craft! Register for this event online.

  • Music & Movement for Babies & Toddlers

    Monday, July 29th, 2024 
    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, July 31st, 2024 
    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 about Beaches! Siblings welcome. Register for this event online.

  • Preschool Story Time

    Wednesday, July 31st, 2024 
    11:00 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.
    In-Person Event
    Ages 3½ - 5  REGISTRATION REQUIRED 


    Come in for an enjoyable hour filled with Beach stories, exciting sing-alongs, finger plays, and a nifty craft! Register for this event online.