Library Reading Programs
1,000 Books Before Kindergarten
In 2023 resolve to read more! Join the Adventure 365 Reading Challenge.
Sign up on Beanstack and register for the Upper St. Clair Adventure 365 Reading Challenge program.
Check out books from the library and log your reading all year long.
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1,000 Books Before Kindergarten - A Literacy Program for Pre-readers
Upper St. Clair Township Library is pleased to offer an easy, fun and free program that puts children on the path to success. And yes, you can read 1,000 books. If you read just three books a day, you’ll reach your goal within one year. But even if you read just one book per day, you’ll reach the goal of 1,000 books in three years.
Register, Read & Reach the Goal!
Visit the Library to get your introductory information packet. You’ll be directed to Beanstack, the online tracker you will use to record your child’s progress. A paper log will also be provided. Throughout the program you’ll be prompted on prompted on Beanstack to pick up your reading rewards. Your rewards can be picked up at Upper St. Clair Township Library Kids & Teens Check-Out Desk during our library hours.
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Register for the 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten early literacy program online. Beanstack will help you track your progress. Reading on the go? You can also track books by:
- Coloring the number of books read using our reading log. Download it here, or pick one up at the library.
- Download the free Beanstack Tracker App here . It is easy to use, has an ISBN scan feature to easily log your reading, and you can manage all of the readers in your family in one account. Available from Apple and Google for all major devices. Beanstack for Mobile Tips / Beanstack for PC Tips
Any time your child reads a book – or you read to them – mark it in the online or paper log. We encourage reading the same books several times – and each reading of the book counts! For example, if you read Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You Hear? four times, log that as four books.
When you and your children reach milestones in the program, come into the library to receive rewards and progress pins.
- First 50 books – A 1000 Books Before Kindergarten tote bag.
- For those using the online log – Every 50 books – A digital progress badge.
- Every 100 books – A pin to put on to your tote bag to show your progress in the program, with a goal to earn 10 pins.
- 1,000 books – The final pin and a certificate of completion.
My First Library Card
Need more books to help achieve your goal? How about getting your child their first library card? Sign your child up for their first library card during your next visit to Upper St. Clair Township library. You’ll take the first step in supporting their early literacy development and lifelong love of reading.
A Librarian’s Tip for Sharing Books with Preschoolers
Keep books throughout the house, the car or diaper bag.
- By creating a book rich environment, children will have easy access and more opportunities to read or listen to books.
- Talk about pictures in the book.
- When you’re done reading the text, you can also talk about the colors, shapes and actions in the pictures or photos.
- Attend a story time at the library! Click here to view the library calendar of events.
- Anyone can read to a child, and the books read at story time will count towards the 1,000-book goal! Check out the story time schedule at the library here.
The Importance of Reading Early and Often
Research shows that sharing books, conversations and songs with young children builds language skills. This type of sharing contributes to children’s healthy development, provides skills to succeed in school and helps assure that they will love reading.