What is it?

100 Books Before Graduation is a reading initiative for teens to read 100 books before they graduate from high school. It’s modeled after 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten program, which gets younger children exposed to books before they begin school. 


Countless studies have shown that children and teens who read for pleasure and enjoyment do better academically and socially and see improvement in their emotional health and well-being. Additionally, reading for pleasure:

  • Can result in higher test scores
  • Improves reading achievement (strong vocabulary, greater use of grammatical structures, and improved writing style)
  • Increases social skills
  • Reduces stress
  • Helps cure boredom 🙂 

And, of course, at the library we strive to introduce, nourish, and grow a love of reading in the community that we serve.  

Who can participate?

Students who are entering 9th grade may begin the program the summer after 8th grade. Those who are already in high school may also participate and challenge themselves to finish 100 books (although in a shorter time). 

How does it work?

Those interested in participating simply need to register with your name, grade, and email on the form found under the Register tab. You will then receive a welcome email with information regarding the program. As you finish books, head to the Record Books tab and record the book and your finish date.

**Please note: You will also receive monthly emails as a reminder to record your books.

You may not enter books that you have already read. You may only record books that you have finished after your registration date. 

What happens when you read 100 books?

 Besides being exposed to amazing stories, characters, and authors, and having a sense of accomplishment, all those who complete 100 Books Before Graduation will receive a free book, a medal, and their name will be put on display at the library. 

Fun stuff!

At the end of every month, there will be a small prize drawing. Those who have recorded a book during that month will be eligible. Prizes will include gift cards, books, novelty toys, and more.

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Monday-Tuesday: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Wednesday-Friday: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Sunday: 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.


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