South Beloit Public Library launched the 1,000 Books before Kindergarten program over a year ago. Since that time some ambitious preschoolers have finished the program, others are well on their way, and some are just starting. This fun and exciting self-paced early literacy program for children ages 0-5 years encourages families and caregivers to read at least 1,000 books to their preschooler before they enter school. This program was developed to increase awareness of the importance of reading to very young children as well as encouraging parents to embrace their role as their child’s first teacher.

Families can sign up any time at the South Beloit Public Library. Each child will receive a folder with a starter page to record the books they read. Each time a goal of recording 100 books is reached, children are encouraged to bring their folder to the library to receive the next reading log, sticker, and pick up more library books.

The goal of this project is to help kids enter school ready to learn. Reading is one of the most important things you can do to ensure your child’s success when they begin school. It also provides an opportunity to increase their exposure to a wide variety of books, and to promote use of the library – a gold mine of free material available to our community members.  A special prize is awarded at 100, 500, and a free book and certificate of completion at 1000 books.