Reading with your infant, toddler, or preschooler helps build vocabulary and language skills. It also creates a love of books and fond childhood memories.

Listening to books read aloud helps prepare children’s pre-reading skills that they will need for Kindergarten. These early experiences with books will lay the foundation for future reading success.

Dear Parents, The McPherson Public Library is here to help with our new early literacy initiative: 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten. Experts say that this method is one sure way to prepare your child for school. The idea is quite simple: Read a book (any book) to your child. One book a night over the span of just three years will mean you have read 1,095 books together. (You can even read that current favorite book several times.) The program will continue until your child enters Kindergarten, so have some fun and enjoy this time together. I look forward to visiting with you and your family in the Children’s library. Happy Reading,

Getting Started


1) Visit our Beanstack  platform to register your child.

2) Enroll your child in the 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten Program.

3) Start logging books you read and just keep reading!

(Paper Logs)

1)  Register your child at the Children’s Service Desk.
       (If no staff are present please ask for assistance at the main  service desk.)

2)  You will receive a folder with Log #1 and information about the program.

3)  Read 100 books and mark them on your log.
     Bring your log back to the library to claim your next log.
     Your child also will receive rewards along the way.

4)  There are a total of ten logs — So just keep reading!

Questions Answered

Who can join?
Any child who has not entered kindergarten. Typically this will be birth through age 6.

What books count?
All books your child has read or listened to may be logged. Books read by librarians, daycare providers and other family members count also. The same book may be logged as many times as you read it.

How long will this really take?
Reading one book a day for three years will reach the goal. Or reading three books a day for just one year will get you there too. Every child in every family will finish at their own pace. But remember this is not a race. Enjoy reading with your child!

Have additional questions?
Email us — or give us a call at (620) 245-2570.