1000 Books


Join the Library’s program designed to promote family reading with your preschooler!
What is 1000 Books Before Kindergarten?

The Oakland City Public Library is pleased to join other libraries in the country promoting a new early literacy campaign. The 1000 Books program is designed to get parents reading to their child as a daily routine.  The American Academy of Pediatrics recently issued a new policy advocating reading aloud to children. The article cites that reading aloud is an important way to build a child’s vocabulary and may be able to help close the academic gap found between  higher and lower income families.  Additionally, it allows for increased family bonding time in a fun way.

By visiting the library,  parents have access to thousands of books and  bringing your children to the library will build special memories as they grow into  readers.

How It Works?

The program is open to any child who has not entered Kindergarten yet.  By registering a child at the library , caretakers will receive a reading log to keep a record of every book read to their child.  Small incentive prizes are available after every 100 books read.

Once a child has read 1000 books they will have their photo added to our Readers Wall of Fame and the parents may keep their journal as a  lasting memory of special times spent with their child.

Books must be library books, but recognizing that  repetition is an early literacy skill to be developed, books may be repeated after every 100 book interval.

Books can be read by anyone (parents, siblings, grandparents , visitors, even the Librarian at Storytime!)

Funding provided by the Gibson County Community Foundation Betty McCullough grant and the Friends of the Oakland City Columbia Twp. Public Library.