1000 Books Before Kindergarten continues in 2021!
Welcome to 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten at Summit County Library!
In January of 2020, Summit County Library launched 1000 Books Before Kindergarten, a program for children ages 0-5 and their caregivers.
The goal of the program is simple. Read 1000 books with your child before your child starts kindergarten! Our program helps your child develop a love of reading at a young age, as well as preparing them for one of life’s biggest milestones: learning to read.
1000 Books Before Kindergarten participants track their reading via our free Beanstack app, and collect prizes and free books from the library along the way. In our first year of the program, we enrolled 138 participants, and celebrated 12 families who completed the program.
Summit County Libraries is excited to relaunch 1000 BBK for 2021, with some extra COVID-friendly options. Sign your family up at any time throughout the year to participate in this simple and rewarding program! Or, if you already enrolled in 2020 but have fallen out of tracking your books, rejoin us at any time.
You can read any book and yes, you can repeat your child’s favorite books.(Learn how to get started and get answers to other common questions below.)
To get started:
On your Smartphone, download the free Beanstack Tracker app. Select Yup! Search for Summit County Public Library.
On your computer, register online at summitcountylibraries.beanstack.org. Register an individual or family. Select 'I am an adult registering a child.'
Register in-person at your local Summit County Library.
Once you are registered, track every book you read using the free Beanstack app, website. Don't have a smart phone or computer? Not to worry, just use a paper reading log coloring sheet to track your progress.
- Include any and all books read to your child by caregivers, siblings, grandparents, preschool teachers, or story time at the library.
- For every 100 books read, bring your child to the library to receive a reading reward and a free book. During COVID, staff are happy to bring prize books out curbside.
- And lastly, don’t forget to sign your child up for their very own fox Youth Library Card so they can learn to check out their own library books from a young age! Access an application here.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Can we read and count the same book multiple times?
Absolutely! Each time you re-read a favorite story, count it.
We’re getting tired of reading the same stories over and over again. Can you help?
Especially during COVID, our Summit County Librarians are here to help. Simply call us and ask us to pick out a handful of books on any topic. We will check them out to you and deliver them curbside when you arrive!
Can I count books that are read at Storytime?
Yes, any books read at Virtual or In-Person Storytime count!
Due to COVID, we’re not currently coming in to the library. Can we still participate in the program?
Definitely. This program can be done at home, completely on your own time. If you’d like to collect your buttons and books curbside when you reach a 100 book milestone, we’re happy to bring them outside to you. You can also give your local branch a call with any questions, or to have them walk you through the program.
Do we have to read books from Summit County Library?
No,you can read books from anywhere. Family members reading to your child over Zoom during the time of COVID counts.
- I have more than one child that I read to. Can I count the same title for each child?
Yes, you can!
- My child has a CD/computer game that reads a story. Can I count that?
As long as your child listens to the entire story (not just plays the games), you can count it. Be sure to check out Tumble Books on our website for terrific animated stories.
- My child "reads" books to him/herself. Should I count those?
If your child is only pretending to read, you should not count it. If your child has memorized a book you read together frequently and can read it to him/herself, then go ahead and count it.
- Do you have any resources teachers can use to help promote the program? Yes, here are links to PDFs flyers in English and Spanish and Powerpoint presentation. Please email us if you need any other information as we are happy to help.
For questions, call your local branch or email us at 1000Books@SummitCountyCo.Gov