When can I enroll my child(ren)?

Enrollment can begin any time after birth, prior to entering kindergarten.

How do I enroll my child(ren)?

 Enrollment for this program will be available through our library’s Beanstack webpage. You can create an account on your own, or at any of our library locations including our Library2Go.

Do we really read 1000 books?

Yes, and no. The goal is to read 1000 books before kindergarten, but it does not have to be 1000 different titles. Kids love to reread their favorites, so if you read a book more than once feel free to log it each additional time.

What are the prizes?

In addition to digital badges on Beanstack participants will earn actual badge buttons every 100 books read. Additional prizes are earned at the 500, 750, and 1000 books goals. All participants will receive a lanyard to collect your badges after completing the first 10 books.

How do I connect with other participants?

Please join our 1000 Books Facebook Group to connect to other families participating in the program. We will also post photos and updates about progress with the program.

How long does program completion take?

Completion of the program is based on the pace you read together. Mathematically, if you read one book a day it would take three years to complete the program.

How do I log my books?

All books can be logged through the Suffolk Public Library’s Beanstack page. Additional paper copies are available at the customer service desk at each location. Our staff would be happy to log them into Beanstack for you.

Can we read the same book multiple times?

Absolutely! If your child has a favorite book, feel free to count it every time you read it.

When do we have to complete the program?

In order to attend the 1000 Books before Kindergarten graduation ceremony, the program must be completed by August 1st of the year they will enter Kindergarten.

When is the 1000 Books Graduation?

Upon completion of the program, you will be directed to register for our 1000 Books Graduation party. The party will be held in August each year, but official dates and times are TBD. Check our online calendar for more information.

What are Early Literacy Challenges?

In addition to reading 1000 books, participants will complete Early Literacy Challenges, such as reading outside or visiting a library program. Each participant will need to complete 1 activity every 100 books. These activities are embedded in the Beanstack program. Paper copies are available at the check-out desk at each library location.

What books can I read for 1000 books?

Any book can be read for this program. The goal is to read with your child, so there is no limit to what that entails. There are great book lists available on Beanstack if you need a new idea.

How do I know it is on their reading level?

At the prekindergarten age we are more concerned with building the foundations of reading. The focus should be on the enjoyment of reading.

Do books read at library programs count?

Absolutely! Following Storytime programs at each library location, the storytime leader will have a sign-in sheet for all 1000 Books participants. Our programmers will log the books to your child’s individual account following the program.

What is the 1000 Books Foundation?

1000 Books Foundation is a Nevada based non-profit that challenges local communities to read a book (any book) to your newborn, infant, or toddler. More information about the Foundation on their website.

How is the Suffolk community involved?

The Suffolk community will be an official 1000 Books location beginning May 1st. The program has no definitive end date as it is based on your child’s own reading timeline.