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Winterville Library


Monday, Tuesday & Thursday: 3:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Wednesday: 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Friday & Sunday: Closed
Saturday: 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.


115 Marigold Lane
Winterville, Georgia 30683

1000 Books Before Kindergarten

Giving Young Children the Tools to Become Successful Readers

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

Studies have shown that families who start reading aloud to their children at birth help to strengthen their language skills and build their vocabulary - two important tools for beginning to learn to read when they enter kindergarten.

How Does 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten Work?

  • Drop by the Children's Information Desk, and take home your first reading log - or download the app!
  • Track Your Reading - Each time you read a book with your child, fill in a circle on the reading log.
  • When you get all the way to 1000, you'll receive a certificate and a special prize!

1,000 Books Before Kindergarten FAQs

For Families with Babies and Young Children

This program is meant to take 3-5 years to complete, so if your child is almost ready for kindergarten, this might not be the right program for you.

But if you've been reading to your child all along, he or she has already received the benefit of 1000 Books Before Kindergarten - well done!

Can I count books I read to my child before I registered?

No - the program begins for your family on the day you register, and you only count books you read after registering.

My child likes to read the same book over and over again. How do I count that?

You count the book every time you read it. If you read the same book 10 times, you count it ten times.

Can I count books that are read to my child in school, or by my nanny or day care provider?

Yes, any book that is read to your child by anybody counts.

Do the books have to be library books?

No, any book you read counts, whether it's a library book, your own book, your friend's book, etc.

My child likes to listen to books on the computer/iPad/eReader/etc. Can I count them?

As long as your child listens to the whole book, it counts.

Recommended Reads for 1000 Books Before Kindergarten

1000 Books Recommends: Books Your Child Should Hear Before Kindergarten

American Library Association: Caldecott Award winners from 1938 to Present

USA Today: The 100 'Greatest Books for Kids'

American Library Association: Theodor “Dr. Seuss” Geisel Award Winners and Honor Books, 2006 - Present

American Library Association: Coretta Scott King Award winners

Georgia Children's Book Award: Past Picture book Award Winners and Nominees
Picture book Award Winners (Grades K – 4)

New York Times: Children's Picture Book Bestsellers Popular Children's Picture Books Shelf 100 Children's Books to Read in a Lifetime Best Children's Books of 2014 by Age, Ages Birth to 2 Best Children's Books of 2014 by Age, Ages 3-5

1,000 Books Before Kindergarten program description and logo courtesy of 1,000 Books Foundation.

Homeschooling Resources

Athens Area Contacts

Athens Area Homeschoolers: Georgette Bruce 706-202-5215 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Athens GA Homeschooling: This is the most active local homeschool group. This list is for the sharing of homeschooling activities, legislation, classes, etc, in Athens, Georgia and the surrounding communities. Coordinates local parent meetings and group activities.

Classical Conversations Bogart: "Classical Conversations Bogart is a growing Christian Classical Homeschooling Community. Our mission is to know God and make him known. Our method is to combine a biblical worldview and the classical tools of learning. Our method is to equip parents and encourage students. To learn more about homeschooling classically or to find out when local information meetings are scheduled please visit or contact Amy Tolbert, Director of the CC Bogart Community at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 706-540-4587."

Local Web Sites

The North Georgia Homeschooler: A website created for homeschooling families or prospective homeschool families in North Georgia who desire to learn more about the resources available to them.

Georgia Home Education Association: Information about laws, curriculum, classes, and more, all regarding homeschooling in Georgia.


The Mailbox: Teacher ideas, worksheets, and projects.

Yahoo email groups (most are local to us):

Athens GA Homeschooling: This is the most active local homeschool group. This list is for the sharing of homeschooling activities, legislation, classes, etc, in Athens, Georgia and the surrounding communities. Coordinates local parent meetings and group activities.

Moms of Homeschool Teens Athens GA: A list for parents of homeschooling teens in Athens, Ga and surrounding areas, to connect with other families for activities and field trips geared toward teens. It is a casual group and families attend outings as schedules and resources allow.

Homeschool Passport: Homeschool Passport is a social network for Homeschoolers and Scout Groups throughout Eastern Tennessee and Northern Georgia to come together to plan field trips and events to further our educational endeavors.

Georgia Cyber Academy: For families interested in learning more about GCA to determine if it will be a good solution for their educational needs.The Georgia Cyber Academy (GCA), a program of Odyssey School, is a statewide K-8 virtual charter school, which launched September 2007. K12 Inc. is the curriculum provider to the school. GCA is public school with the benefit of teaching students virtually outside of the traditional brick & mortar school building. A Non-Homeschooling group.

CHASE Academy: CHASE Academy is an inclusive Christian cooperative learning center serving homeschool families in Athens-Clarke/Barrow/Gwinnett/Walton/Newton/Oconee and Rockdale Counties and the surrounding areas. It is a place to network, make friends, ask questions, learn, and grow in a supportive environment. CHASE Academy weekly classes are for homeschooling families who wish to participate in once-a-week academic or elective classes outside of their homes.

Creative Home Educators : Creative Home Educators is a group of eclectic home educators. Many of our members practice an Earth-based form of spirituality, but we welcome any kindred spirits. We have Christian, Unitarian Universalist, Buddhist, Baha'i, Wiccan, Native American, atheist, and agnostic members. We come together for play dates, field trips, cooperative learning experiences, and support with home schooling issues.

GA Christian Homeschoolers: A list for GA Homeschoolers to come and talk about their experiences with homeschooling and ask questions. We can discuss learning and the challenges that go along with our decision to keep our children home. We can share ideas for field trips, offer exciting web sites, or other things of interst to Georgia homeschoolers. If you are considering homeschooling, this is a great place to start. This list is geared toward Christian homeschoolers, although all are welcome.

Georgia Charlotte Mason: This list is to offer information and support and encouragement in implementing the Charlotte Mason method. It is a member-lead group. We have members throughout the State, and the base group is located in Gwinnett county.

GA Homeschoolers: A support group for residents of Georgia who have chosen to homeschool their children. We will have organized events and field trips, but most of all we are here to support each other in this adventure.

GA Unschoolers: This group was created to support and connect unschoolers in Georgia. Please join us and use this list to make area unschooling connections. Share your families unschooling stories, discuss unschooling issues, share and read unschooling articles and quotes, plan and attend field trips and get-togethers, and check out our unschooling books/website recommendations.

Georgia On The Cheap: Georgia On The Cheap is a field trip group for HOMESCHOOLING families in Georgia. We welcome homeschoolers from all over the state, though we will be concentrating on the area around Atlanta and north. All of our field trips will be free or low cost, with a maximum cost of $8 per person. These are informal trips, meaning you generally won't have to pay in advance, just let us know to expect you and meet us there.

Secular Homeschoolers of Georgia: SHOG is a support group for families in Georgia who choose secular homeschooling. We welcome you regardless of your faith or lack of faith. This group is a haven where we can discuss issues such as locating non-creationist science curricula as well as general issues that affect homeschoolers.

Home Education Resources: Information for both new and experienced HomeSchool teachers/students, including how to get started, teaching/learning styles, curricula/supplement resources (free and discounted), HomeSchool Days, field trip ideas/reciprocal membership lists (a great way to go places for next to nothing!), educational/extracurricular opportunities, and a H.E.R.-sponsored events calendar of clubs, contests, and competitions.

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Getting Started

Web Sites

Home Education Information Resources
This non-partisan, non-sectarian site has all of the information needed to begin a home school in the state of Georgia. Laws, state and local contacts, as well as current state and national legislation, are all addressed here.

Jon's Homeschool Resource Page
Definitive resource with FAQ file.

National Black Home Educators Resource Association

National Home Education Research Institute
Faith based but not exclusively so.

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Curriculum Resources

Web Sites

Book Adventure

Carol Hurst's Children's Literature Site

Five in a Row
Literature based unit studies for children aged 4-12 and up.

The Literature Place
Hands on instructional resources for award winning books.

NASA's Educational Resources

PBS Teachers

Reading Rainbow

Surfing the Net with Kids

Yahoo! Kids: Study Zone

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Web Sites

Cobblestone Publishing
Activities and information for using the Cobblestone Publishing magazines available in the Children's and Young Adult sections of the library, with useful links to educational sites.

Home Education Magazine
Online version of the magazine.

Homeschool World Magazine
Practical homeschooling magazine.

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Special Needs

Web Sites

Christian families homeschooling for special needs children.

Special Needs Resources for Homeschoolers

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College Admissions

Web Sites

Colleges that admit Homeschoolers

University of Georgia Admissions Policy for Home Educated Students

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Other Useful Sites

Web Sites

American School of Correspondence

Apricot Pie
A web site for and by teens who are home educated. Poetic, literary and artistic.

Family Times online newspaper

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Homeschool Orientation @ your Library

The library has many resources to support your homeschool curriculum. Each year at the end of summer, the library hosts an orientation session specifically for parents to make them aware of what the library can offer. The following links are the handouts from this orientation session.

Homeschool Orientation Handouts

Galileo for Homeschoolers
A guide to Galileo databases specifically for children and teens.

The Five W's of Web Site Evaluation
Questions to ask to determine if a website contains factual information.

How to Place a Hold in Evergreen
How to request books from PINES libraries outside our region.

Georgia Download Destination Instructions
How to download audiobooks through the library's new service: Georgia Download Destination.

Northeast Georgia Talking Book Center
The Northeast Georgia Talking Book Center provides free library services for patrons with visual, physical, and reading disabilities. The Library loans books and magazines on cassette tapes or in Braille, as well as the necessary cassette players. Books and players are mailed back and forth at no cost to the patron.

Genealogy for Kids
This handout describes ways to get younger children interested in family history.

List of Genealogy Books for Kids

Finding Georgia's Online Library Catalogs the Easy Way

GALILEO: How To Receive Search Updates or Journal Alerts
With some GALILEO databases you can automatically receive updated search results or alerts about new issues of magazines. The alerts arrive by email or RSS feed.

Student Research Center
This handout is a guide to using Student Research Center, which is a great resource for "current events" assignments. Student Research Center is designed for students in grades 6 through 12. Users can limit results by source and/or format (e.g. Magazines, Newspapers, Biographies, Country Reports, Film & Video).

GALILEO: Search for a Magazine
Use GALILEO to search for a magazine, to browse articles in a magazine, or to better control your searches.

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Children's Area Resources for Parents

Links for Parents

The Children's Area staff have put together a collection of web based resources on different topics for parents.

Homeschooling Resources

A collection of web resources, online message boards, and contacts for local homeschool groups.


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Upcoming Events at the Winterville Library

Story Time
Wed Dec 02, 2015 @10:30AM - 11:30AM
Story Time
Wed Dec 09, 2015 @10:30AM - 11:30AM
Sat Dec 12, 2015 @12:30PM - 01:30PM
Story Time
Wed Dec 16, 2015 @10:30AM - 11:30AM
Holiday Story Time
Thu Dec 17, 2015 @ 6:30PM - 07:30PM
Teen Time
Sat Dec 19, 2015 @ 3:00PM - 04:30PM
Craft Closet
Tue Dec 22, 2015 @ 5:30PM - 06:30PM
Holiday Closing
Thu Dec 24, 2015 @12:00AM