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1000 Books Before Kindergarten

1,000 Books Before Kindergarten is a new Library program that encourages all families and caregivers to read 1,000 books with their young children before they enter kindergarten.

1000 Books Before Kindergarten LogoHow Does 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten Work?

  1. Register at the library and take home your first reading log. 
  2. Track Your Reading – Each time you read a book with your child, fill in a box on the reading log.
  3. Show us Your Reading Logs – Each time you read 100 books, bring in your reading log to receive special recognition, collect a prize, and mark your child's progress on our "Wall of Fame"! For every 25 step increment, children can also pick out stamps and stickers.
  4. Read More books! When you get all the way to 1000, come celebrate at the library to place your child's name to the 1000 Books Hall of Fame. Children will receive a prize, a special book to take home, and a book added to the library's collection with a dedication in their honor.
  5. Keep on reading--don't stop at 1,000! Visit the Mystic & Noank Library for ongoing programs that are fun and educational for your little one, and take advantage of our ever-expanding collection.

How Can I Read 1,000 Books!?
One thousand books may seem like a lot, but if you read just one book a night, you'll meet your goal in under three years. Three bedtime stories a night? You can reach your goal in just a single year. Every book reading counts, whether it's a new book or an old standby your child enjoys again and again. Ask our friendly staff for suggestions - we're here to help you on your journey to 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten!

What Books Count?

  • Books may be read more than once and recorded
  • Books read at Storytime if you attend
  • Books from the library or from preschool
  • Books on CD as long as they listen to the whole story
  • Books read by any family member, teacher, etc.
  • Books read on an iPad or e-reader

 Generously funded by a grant from the Groton Education Foundation.

School Reading Lists & Summer Assignments

For 2018

Graphic of a stack of books.2018 Grasso Technical High School Summer Reading Lists and Assignments

2018 Groton Public Schools Summer Reading Lists and Summer Assignments

2018 Groton Go Pass

2018 Stonington Public Schools Recommended Summer Reading Lists: Grades K - 2

2018 Stonington Public Schools Recommended Summer Reading Lists: Grades 3 - 4

2018 Stonington Public Schools Recommended Summer Reading Lists: Grades 5 - 8

2018 Governor's Reading Challenge and CT Department of Education Suggested Summer Reading Lists

Award-Winning and Notable Book Lists

Need a suggestion for your next book?

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Caldecott Awards

Newbery Awards

Additional Award-Winning and Notable Books


Connecticut Nutmeg Book Award

Nutmeg Children's Book Award logoThe Connecticut Nutmeg Book Awards encourage children in grades 2-12 to read quality literature and to choose their favorite from a list of ten nominated titles.

Elementary Nutmeg Book Award Nominees (Grades 2 - 4)

Intermediate Nutmeg Book Award Nominees (Grades 4 - 6)


Our Storytimes are for babies, toddlers, and children up to age 5. Fall, Winter and Spring Storytime sessions last for eight weeks and are free and open to the public.

The Winter 2019 storytimes have begun. Registration is ongoing until classes are full through our EventKeeper calendar.

Session One: Wednesdays @ 10:15 am
Session Two: Thursdays @ 10:15 am

Session One: Wednesday @ 11:00 am
Session Two: Thursday @ 11:00 am

Three Year Old
Session One: Monday @ 10:30 am

Four and Five Year Old
Session One: Tuesday @ 1:15 pm

Due to demand registration is required and class size is limited. Registration may be done online through our EventKeeper calendar. In the case of over-enrollment classes will be determined on a first-come, first-served basis.