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1,000 Books Before Kindergarten

Why 1,000 books?

Reading to preschool-age children builds vocabulary and language skills, while creating fond childhood memories and a love for books. Listening to books read aloud helps prepare children with the ready-to-read skills they need for kindergarten. In as little as 15 minutes a day, families can build the skills needed for future school and life success. For more information about the program, including links to resources and information about prizes, just click the button below!

How does it work?

  • Click HERE to register your child on the Beanstack Tracker app. You may also visit the Youth Services desk to register.
  • Start tracking books read using Beanstack's website or the easy-to-use, always-at-your-fingers tips mobile app, available on Apple and Android devices.
  • Visit the library after your child receives the 100 book badge to receive your free book tote. Additional prizes can be earned after 500 books and 1000 books.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who can participate?
     Any child from birth to not-yet-enrolled-in-kindergarten

How long will the program take?
     If you read just one book a night, you will have read over 1,000 books in three years. If you read three books a night, you will finish in just a year. It depends on how quickly you want to read, but this program is not a race. Just enjoy reading with your child.

Do I have to read 1,000 different books?
     No! Almost every child has a favorite book that they request to have read to them often. Every time you read any book, you can count it as one book read, even when you read the same book multiple times.

What books count?
     Any book read to your child counts, whether you read it, a teacher reads it, or a librarian reads it during story time. Every book counts!

Are you ready to sign up right now?

Great! You can sign up by clicking on the button below. On the Beanstack landing page, click the button that reads "Register an Individual or Family."

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