1000 Books Before Kindergarten


1000 Books Before Kindergarten is a fun and FREE reading program at Menomonie Public Library for young children who have not yet entered kindergarten.

The goal is to read 1000 books with your child before they enter kindergarten.


You can do it and we will partner with you!

1000 books


Reading builds a healthy brain


1000 books=300 million words heard

Time shared with your child

You are your child’s first teacher.

Who can participate?

Any child from

birth to kindergarten

We will partner with you!

Access to books & other materials

Free book & sticker for every 100 books

There are many ways to get to

1000 Books

Miss Debbie

Come to Library Storytime

Books read to your child at storytime count towards the 1000 books. Check our calendar for a time to come and read, sing, learn and play with us! We’ll be happy to see you!

kids enjoying storywalk

Enjoy Our StoryWalk®

Our StoryWalk® at Lakeside Park (near the library) is a great way to move and read. Read a page and then walk (or hop!) to the next page. Stories change so the fun never ends!

dad reading with child

All Books Count

Does your child have somebody else that reads to them? All books read to your child count…whether it’s read by a daycare teacher, sister, grandpa, aunt, brother, dog:) or friend. Every book counts, so get together and read!

How many books is that?

1k books graph


It’s as easy as 1, 2, 3. Let’s get reading!


Fill out the library registration form.


Come to the library and pick up your 1000 Books folder so you can start tracking your books.


Start reading!

After every 100 books, bring your completed form to the library so we can celebrate with you and give you your sticker and free book!

mom and child reading

How to Choose Books

Here’s a list of just right books for infants-preschoolers.

Tips for Success

  • Read at least one book per day
  • Re-read each child’s favorites stories (repeated readings count toward the total!)
  • More TIPS for reading to children
  • Check out the 1000 Books program for fun reading ideas
  • Share reading milestones with family and friends
  • Share your reading experiences with us at the library!
boy reading


Who can participate?

Any age child who has not entered kindergarten may participate.

Can we count books from before we started the program?

Any books read AFTER you register for the program count towards your child’s 1,000 books.

What books count?

ALL of them! Books read to your child by a parent, teacher, sister, uncle, dog:), grandpa, and even audiobooks after they’ve registered count toward the 1000 books goal.

What if we read a book more than once?

That’s wonderful! Repetition is great for learning! You can count it as many times as you read it. (Even if that means 50 times!)

Can we print our own reading log pages?

You sure can!

Does my child earn prizes?

They do! They will receive a library book bag when they start the program. Then, for every 100 books read, bring the form or the app to the library so we can celebrate with your child and give them a special sticker and a book (for a total of 10 books).

After they get to 1000, they will get their picture taken and put on display in the library and on Facebook (if desired).

Questions? Call 715-232-2164 or drop us a line.

7 + 11 =

Reading aloud to a child is the single

most important activity for building the knowledge

required for eventual success in reading.

Jim Trelease


Monday - Friday: 9am - 6pm
Saturday: 9am-3pm
Sunday: Closed

Find Us

Menomonie Public Library
600 Wolske Bay Road
Menomonie, WI 54751


Contact Us

Telephone: 715.232.2164
Information Desk: Extension 210
Circulation Desk: Extension 212

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