1000 Books Before Kindergarten

Start your reading journey today

1000 Books Before Kindergarten LogoBeing read to during early childhood is a predictor of school readiness and success. We are partnering with the 1000 Books Before Kindergarten initiative, designed to encourage parent/child bonding through reading to newborns, infants and toddlers.

Take the challenge and read one (1) book a day with your child for three years to reach the 1000 Books Before Kindergarten goal!  

  • Download the 1000 Books Before Kindergarten app - available on the App Store and Google Play
  • Read, Record, and Repeat – easy mobile tracking 

Spark curiosity and discovery

Get your child ready to read by attending a fun library program filled with stories, songs, rhymes and literacy-based activities designed to spark curiosity and discovery. Play together and meet new friends and connect with other parents and caregivers in a relaxed, welcoming space for families.   

  • Baby Goose (Birth to walking)  
  • Play, Learn, Grow (Under 3 years)  
  • Storytime (Under 5 years)  

For program details visit our online Events Calendar.

Get a Baby Library Card

A new partnership between the Barrie Public Library and RVH’s Obstetrics Unit is offering library memberships to our smallest and very newest residents – the Baby Library Card! Available to parents of newborns up to 36 months, the Baby Library Card allows members to borrow up to 35 board books, picture books and parenting books for three weeks with no late fees.

Cards will be available in the RVH discharge package when new parents leave the hospital, or can be picked up at either library location any time the library is open. For more information please contact us at 705-728-1010. Bring your ID to sign up or activate your card from RVH.