NOTICE:

The Downtown Library will be closed for maintenance Monday, June 14 – Wednesday, June 16. We hope to reopen on Thursday, June 17. The Downtown book drops will remain open, as will our other library locations. 

NOTICE:

All Metro Library locations are now in our "Sit & Stay" stage.  Customers can come in to sit and read or use their device in our socially distanced seating, use a study room, or use one of our public computers. Please wear a mask. Click here for more information.

1,000 Books Before Kindergarten

What is 1000 Books Before Kindergarten?

1,000 Books Before Kindergarten is a program designed to help parents prepare their children for one of life’s big milestones: kindergarten. Research has shown that children get ready to read long before they enter school. An excellent way to get your child ready to learn is to read to them.

 

Why should your family participate in 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten?

Love of Reading

Reading with your child and making it a special time together shows them that reading is valuable and enjoyable. You can start to develop a love of reading in your child from a very young age!


Ready to Read

You are your child’s first teacher and your home is where your child begins to learn. When you talk, sing, read, write, and play you are helping your child get ready to read!


Appreciation for the Library

By coming to the library together you can show your child how the library works, help them gain an appreciation for the wide range of materials available and get recommendations for books that can broaden your child’s interests.

Child's Age when 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten Starts Number of Books to Read Per Day to Complete 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten Number of Books to Read Per Week to Complete 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten
0 Years Old 1 4
1 Year Old 1 5
2 Years Old 1 7
3 Years Old 2 10
4 Years Old 3 20

 

How to Participate

Sign in or Register for an Account on Beanstack

By visiting our online logging software you can login with your account information from previous years. If you are new to our site, you can create a login!

Sign Up!

Register for 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten

After signing in and creating a Beanstack account, you will need to register for 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten program. If you do not register, you cannot log reading, earn badges or prizes.

Register for 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten

Log books read to earn badges and prizes.



Breakdown of Books Read and Prizes

Number of Books Read Digital Badge Sticker* Prize*
50
X
100
X
X
150
X
200
X
X
250
X
300
X
X
350
X
400
X
X
450
X
500
X
X
  • 500 Books Read Printable Certificate
  • 1 Reading Buddy (stuffed animal of child's choosing)
550
X
600
X
X
650
X
700
X
X
750
X
800
X
X
850
X
900
X
X
950
X
1,000
X
X
  • Printable Certificate of Completion
  • A 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten Book Bag

*Stickers and Prizes can be redeemed at your nearest Metro Library

 

No Internet Access? No Problem

You can keep track of the books read through a paper log or remembering how many books you've read. Visit with a library staff member to help enter information into your child's log.

Locate the Nearest Library

 

1,000 Books Before Kindergarten FAQs

Any child, birth-5 years, who has not yet entered Kindergarten may participate in
the program.

Anytime! This is a year-round program.

Books from home, books from the library, books read during storytime, etc.  Audiobooks count too!

No - you start fresh when you start the program.

Your child will receive a special sticker for every 100 books they read. At 500
books, they will receive a stuffed reading buddy plush and a certificate. At 1000 books, they will receive a themed tote bag and a certificate.

 

Upcoming Events

Storytime OnDemand

6/1 @ 9:00am
to
6/30 @ 6:00pm
Choctaw Library
Library Branch: Choctaw Library
Room: Online + Curbside (Choctaw)
Age Group: Birth-PreK
Program Type: Arts & Crafts, Storytimes
Event Description:
Join us for an at-your-pace, virtual storytime! Skilled librarians will introduce little ones to the library and show parents and caregivers invaluable information on reading readiness and create excitement about reading. The Storytime OnDemand k...

Science Museum - The Three Little Pigs + Kit Pickup

All Day6/5 - 6/16
Warr Acres Library
Registration
Library Branch: Warr Acres Library
Room: Online (Warr Acres)
Age Group: Birth-PreK
Program Type: Science & STEAM, Take Home Kit
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 19
Event Description:
AGE: 2-9 years old         A combination story time and engineering challenge, this program will allow the youngest scientists to interact with one of their favorite classic stories while strengthening ...

Disclaimer(s)

We can only guarantee one kit per registration.  Please register individually to ensure that kits are appropriately distributed.  Special notes should not be used for additional registrations.

Thank you for your help!

Science Museum - The Three Little Pigs + Kit Pickup

All Day6/8 - 6/14
Midwest City Library
Registration
Library Branch: Midwest City Library
Room: Online (Midwest City)
Age Group: Birth-PreK
Program Type: Science & STEAM, Take Home Kit
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 30
Event Description:
AGE: 1-6 years old         A combination story time and engineering challenge, this program will allow the youngest scientists to interact with one of their favorite classic stories while strengthening their...

Disclaimer(s)

We can only guarantee one kit per registration.  Please register individually to ensure that kits are appropriately distributed.  Special notes should not be used for additional registrations.

Thank you for your help!

Science Museum - The Three Little Pigs + Kit Pickup

All Day6/8 - 6/14
Belle Isle Library
Registration
Library Branch: Belle Isle Library
Room: Online (Belle Isle)
Age Group: Birth-PreK
Program Type: Science & STEAM, Take Home Kit
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 22
Event Description:
AGE: 1-6 years old         A combination story time and engineering challenge, this program will allow the youngest scientists to interact with one of their favorite classic stories while strengthening their...

Disclaimer(s)

We can only guarantee one kit per registration.  Please register individually to ensure that kits are appropriately distributed.  Special notes should not be used for additional registrations.

Thank you for your help!

Take Home Kit: Butterfly Blotto Prints

6/8 @ 9:00am
to
6/16 @ 9:00pm
Downtown Library
Registration
Library Branch: Downtown Library
Room: Online + Curbside (Downtown)
Age Group: Birth-PreK, Kids
Program Type: Arts & Crafts, Child Development & Parenting, Family Programs, Take Home Kit
Registration Required
Waitlist Seats Remaining: 0
Event Description:
Participants will have blast with this butterfly blotto art activity. Blotto prints are all about symmetry, and what's more symmetrical than a butterfly?! This take home kit is a hands-on way to learn about the symmetry of butterflies’ wings whil...

Disclaimer(s)

We can only guarantee one kit per household and per registration.

It is encouraged that an adult supervise children while using this Metropolitan Library System Take & Make Kit.

Feather the Bird Take Home Kit

All Day6/14 - 6/20
Midwest City Library
Library Branch: Midwest City Library
Room: Online + Curbside (Midwest City)
Age Group: Birth-PreK
Program Type: Family Programs, Take Home Kit
Event Description:
Make your tail feather! With this kit, kids can practice their gluing skills by feathering a bird silhouette. Kit contents: Bird silhouette Feathers You will need a glue stick. If you do not have one, please ask us and we will provide one!...

Disclaimer(s)

Warning: Kit contains small parts that could represent a choking hazard. It is not intended for children under 3. It is encouraged that an adult supervise children while using this Metropolitan Library System Take & Make Bag.

It is encouraged that an adult supervise children while using this Metropolitan Library System Take & Make Kit.

PRE-K: The Lion and the Mouse Kit

All Day6/14 - 6/20
Almonte Library
Library Branch: Almonte Library
Room: Online + Curbside (Almonte)
Age Group: Birth-PreK
Program Type: Arts & Crafts, Books & Reading
Event Description:
Roar! What happens to a mighty lion when he gets trapped in a net and has no one but a measly mouse to get him free? Enjoy this link to a timeless tale in our digital collection, and pick up this weeks kit for your little one to create their own lion...

Disclaimer(s)

It is encouraged that an adult supervise children while using this Metropolitan Library System Take & Make Kit.

Take Home Kit: Donuts with Grownups

All Day6/14 - 6/20
Belle Isle Library
Registration
Library Branch: Belle Isle Library
Room: Online + Curbside (Belle Isle)
Age Group: Birth-PreK, Kids
Program Type: Arts & Crafts, Child Development & Parenting, DIY & Hobbies, Take Home Kit
Registration Required
Waitlist Seats Remaining: 0
Event Description:
If you have a special man in your life (dad, uncle, grandpa, friend!), this kit is for you! It contains several activities for the two of you to work on together, as well as some pre-packaged donuts to enjoy as a snack (please note potential allergen...

Disclaimer(s)

We cannot guarantee that food served at this program has not come into contact with tree nuts, soy, or other allergens. Accordingly, the Library will not be liable for such harm to any individual resulting from such allergens.

We can only guarantee one kit per household and per registration.

We can only guarantee one kit per registration.  Please register individually to ensure that kits are appropriately distributed.  Special notes should not be used for additional registrations.

Thank you for your help!

It is encouraged that an adult supervise children while using this Metropolitan Library System Take & Make Kit.