Due to Mayor Pekau’s curfew announcement, the Orland Park Public Library will end curbside pickup at 6:30 p.m. from Tuesday, June 2 through Friday, June 5.

Orland Park Public Library is temporarily closed to help limit the spread of coronavirus and ensure the health and safety of our patrons and staff.
All due dates on items due between March 16 and June 1 have been moved to June 1. This does not affect online items, like ebooks.

1000 Books

Welcome to 1000 Books Before Kindergarten!

1000 Books Logo

1000 Books Before Kindergarten is a program that gives the exciting challenge to read 1000 books with your child before he or she enters kindergarten. Research shows that when children are frequently read to from age birth-5, they develop critical pre-reading skills like language development, increased attention spans, and listening skills. These skills help lay the foundation that your child needs when learning to read in school.

Spending time together every day reading and enjoying books is one of the best ways to encourage these skills and introduce your child to a life-long love of reading.
Log your books using Beanstack. Feel free to repeat titles if you read them more than once.

What to Do:

  • 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten is now all online.
    • By logging into your Beanstack account, you will see a challenge for all our readers under seven years old.
    • Click on “Register for this Program” and start logging your books. If you have a paper booklet, you can add all of the books you recorded on it.
    • You can enter the books in large amounts, no need to do them individually.
    • Once the library is open again, you can tell the librarian at the Preschool Desk about your progress and get any prizes that you have earned.
  • Read together (this is the really fun part)!
  • Remember to include books from any storytimes or programs you attend at OPPL.
  • When you finish 500 books, your child will receive a very special half-way prize snack cup!
  • When you have read 1000 books, your child will receive:
    • A hardcover book with a special bookplate
    • Their picture on the Wall of Fame!
  • Feel free to contact us at askoppl@orlandparklibrary.org for any questions.

What Else Do You Need to Know?

Book Pile

This program has no end date except your child’s first day of kindergarten. Do not feel rushed!

If you read three stories a day for one year, you will meet your goal easily.

Please enjoy the experience of reading with your child. Take the opportunity to talk with your children, sing songs, recite nursery rhymes, attend library programs, and create some wonderful memories.

Remember to stop by the Youth Services Department for some book suggestions if you ever need a new book to share together.

Happy Reading!
Stephanie Thomas
Preschool Services Coordinator

Lonigan CJ. Emergent literacy skills and family literacy. In: Wasik BH, ed. Handbook of Family Literacy. Teale WH, Sulzby E. Emergent Literacy as a Perspective for Examining How Young Children Become Writers and Readers. Teale WH, Sulzby E, Emergent Literacy: Writing and Reading. Whitehurst GJ, Lonigan CJ. Child Development and Emergent Literacy.