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Events and Workshops: 1000 Books Before Kindergarten

1000 Books Before Kindergarten

Program Overview

The goal of the program is simple – read 1,000 books (including re-reading favorites). 1,000 books may seem like a lot, but if you just read 1 book per day, that’s 365 books in a year, 730 books in two years, and over 1,000 books in three years.

Reading to children has many benefits. Reading time is valuable bonding time, but it also helps children develop their vocabulary and encourages social, emotional, and cognitive development. Even just 20 minutes of reading a day can help children understand that letters make sounds, sounds make words, and words make stories, preparing them to learn to read once they start kindergarten.

How to Participate

  1. Visit the MCC Library (A212) to register and pick up your reading log. For multiple children in the same household, each child needs to have their own reading log.
  2. Check out books from the library, borrow book bags from the CLC, or read your own books.
  3. Track the books you are reading on your reading log. This includes any books read, including those read by parents, siblings, grandparents, teachers, etc. or even e-books and audiobooks from eRead Illinois or other platforms. As children learn to read, they can also add any books they’ve read themselves.
  4. After every 100 books, come back to the library to get a sticker (and pick up a new reading log)
  5. Once you reach 1,000 books, return to the library to get a certificate of completion and a small prize.
  6. Celebrate reading 1,000 books!

Frequently asked Questions

What is the deadline for reading the 1000 books? The child’s first day of kindergarten. Children may start reading at any time and just need to bring back their final reading log before they start kindergarten.

How do I check out books from the MCC library? Anyone over the age of 16 who lives in the college district can get a library card. Just come to the library to get your card. Books for children need to be checked out by an adult.

Does the MCC Library have children’s books? The MCC Library has a collection of children’s books for reading and interest levels of baby to 8th grade (board books, picture books, chapter books and more). We also subscribe to eRead Illinois which is a collection of e-books and audiobooks available for you to check out and download using your library card. If there is a book you’d like to read that we don’t have available, just ask! We can request the title from another library or purchase it for our collection.


Finding Books in the Children's Collection

The MCC library has a Children's Collection with fiction and non-fiction books for children up to 8th grade.

Use our stickers/finding aids to help you locate books. If you find a title that we don't have in the MCC library, we can interlibrary loan the book from another library. Just ask at the reference desk or the circulation desk for more information.


eRead Illinois and Boundless

MCC is part of eRead Illinois, which provides us with thousands of eBook and audiobook titles for checkout.

Accessing eBooks

eRead Illinois

eRead Illinois is a lending library of popular fiction and non-fiction eBooks and eAudiobooks for all ages and interests. You can search for books by title or browse by subject. You can also limit by format (audiobook or eBook) and availability.

Screenshot of Axis360 search screen showing both the search box and the options to browse by subject


Boundless is the mobile app for eRead Illinois. Download the app from your device's app store, then set up your Boundless account using your MCC library card.


  • Check out 5 titles at a time
  • Place 5 items on hold at a time
  • Check out items for 14 days

Accessibility options:

  • Change font size
  • Change background color/contrast
  • Switch to dyslexia font

Remember, you need an MCC library card to check out these eBooks. Contact the circulation desk or come in to the library for more information.