A thousand ways to grow

Father and daughter reading

Literacy lies at the heart of the Library’s mission. Because third-grade reading levels are one of the best predictors of future academic success, ensuring Boston’s children have access to books from the earliest age is critical. You Can Read 1K B4 Pre-K is a revolutionary program of the Boston Public Library with the goal of enabling every young child in Boston to read 1,000 books before the start of kindergarten. Story hours and multilingual book giveaways help instill a passion for reading in children and their parents, and the Beanstack app tracks reading milestones and collects community achievements all in one place. The BPLF helps ensure that programs like this can be rolled out at every branch throughout the system so that all young Bostonians discover the joy of reading.

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