How it works:

  • Register here or visit your nearest DPLS library.
  • Keep track of books read on Beanstack, in the 1000 Books Before Kindergarten app, or in a notebook or spreadsheet; use whatever is easiest for you.
  • For each 100 books read, stop in at your local DPLS location and show your reading log. Your child will be presented with a sticker showcasing the reading milestone reached.
  • When you reach a 1000 books read, you and your child will be invited to a special event in August of each year that honors each child who has completed the 1000 book challenge!

Have fun by sharing books you enjoyed as a child or visit your local library to find new books to explore together. Increase your child’s chance of academic success in later years by reading to him or her every day; use the 5 practices of Early Literacy found here to extend and enhance each story read. Books introduce new vocabulary, problem solving skills, social and emotional concepts, and much more.

  • Johnson Memorial Library

    116 West High St. Hicksville, OH 43526 Ph: 419-542-6200 Fax: 419-542-1015  Current Hours: Monday & Tuesday 11:00 AM - 8:00 PM Wednesday Read More
  • Defiance Public Library

    ​320 Fort St. Defiance, OH 43512 Ph: 419-782-1456 Fax: 419-782-6235 Current Hours: Monday-Thursday 9:00 AM - 8:00 PM Friday 9:00 AM - 6:00 Read More
  • Sherwood Branch Library

    117 North Harrison St. Sherwood, OH 43556 Ph: 419-899-4343 Fax: 419-899-3479   Current Hours: Monday 10:00 AM - 5:30 PM Tuesday Read More
  • Mission

    The Defiance Public Library System is committed to providing service to the people of the county in a friendly environment, Read More
  • Funding

    Public Library Fund As of January 2008, Ohio’s public libraries are funded through 2.22% of the state’s total general tax Read More
  • History

    Library services in Defiance County started around 1873, when a group of civic minded citizens formed the Defiance Library Association Read More
  • Volunteer

    The libraries of the Defiance Public Library System rely on our volunteers as a partnership in supporting library programs and Read More
  • Friends of the Lilbrary

    What Are the Friends of the Library? The Friends of the Library is a non-profit group formed to sponsor library programs and support services and Read More
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