1000BooksLogoWelcome to the 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten program! This program is free and was was established in order to help promote reading to infants, toddlers and preschoolers. The Marlborough Public Library and the Early Childhood Center are teaming up in order to help parents get involved in the program. To register for the program click on the link and then click on Join Here: 1,000 Books

Keep track of the books and minutes that you are reading to your child by clicking on the link and logging in: 1,000 Books


One of the best ways to encourage reading is to do it every single day. Reading together helps develop important pre-literacy skills that provide a solid foundation for academics. Reading carries over into every single subject in school, such as science and math.  Here are the easy steps for participating in the 1,000 Books program:

  1. Read together
  2. Keep track of book titles using our logging system: 1,000 Books.
  3.  When you finish 100 books, come into the library and we’ll give your child a paper ice cream scoop that they can put onto the ice cream cone poster in the library. For every 100 books, you will receive a different sticker to put on the scoop.

The program has no specific end date, so take your time and enjoy the experience with your child.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do we have to read books from the library?

You can read books from a variety of sources, such as school or a daycare, but we encourage you to take advantage of all the wonderful books that the children’s room has to offer. It’s a great and inexpensive way of adding a variety of books to your reading time.

Do Storytime books count?

Yes, you may also count the books that your child is reading in school or at a library storytime as well. We have a number of storytimes throughout the week and we do a Saturday storytime once a month. Please check Eventkeeper for dates and times.


As you and your child progress through the program, you’ll be able to collect a variety of prizes. For every 100 books that you read, you’ll get a sticker on your ice cream scoop in the library. Here is a list of the milestones and prizes for your reference.

100 books =  a certificate from the Early Childhood Center

400 books = a bookmark from the Early Childhood Center

700 books = a bracelet from the Early Childhood Center

1000 books = a book, a medal and an award certificate from the Early Childhood Center.

Reading Tips

(1) Read together every day.

(2) Read to your child with humor and expression. Use different voices. You may feel silly, but your child will love it.

(3) Talk about what is happening in the story, point out things on the page and ask questions.

(4) Tell and talk about stories, say nursery rhymes, and sing songs.

(5) Point out the written word in signs or items.

Book Lists and Recommendations

1,000 Books Your Child Should Hear Before Kindergarten

Scholastic Recommendations for Ages 3-5

Read Aloud America

Picture Book Month