Reading Programs

Cozy Winter Reading
December 15 - February 29

With a reading program for everyone, this is the perfect time to curl up with a good book and read away those winter blues.

For Children through grade 5

Children through grade 5 are invited to sign up for the Winter Reading Program and receive free books – just for reading!

  • Each time you read 15 minutes, color an empty shape on the reading log, or log your reading online with the Beanstack Tracker app or at https://urbanafreelibrary.beanstack.org.
  • You can read anything – books, graphic novels, magazines, listen to audiobooks, TumbleBooks, or have someone read to you.
  • When you have colored all the empty shapes, return your reading log to the children’s Question Desk by February 29 to receive a free book!
  • You may complete 3 logs to receive a total of 3 prizes.

For Teens 6th grade and higher

  • Keep track of what you read online with the Beanstack Tracker app or at https://urbanafreelibrary.beanstack.org.
  • Choose a free book from the prize cart for every 500 pages you read (win up to 3 prizes).
  • Participate in side quests:
    • Win a cookie coupon for finding a wrapped book in the YA stacks (re-hidden weekly, one win per person).
    • Win a drink coupon for getting a BINGO on the Teen Winter Reading BINGO card (up to three coupons per person).
  • Remember that eBooks, audiobooks, manga/graphic novels, and anything you read for school can all be included.
  • Collect your prizes at the first floor Information Desk.

BINGO cards can be obtained at the first floor Information Desk, the second floor Reference Desk, or you can print a copy from home!

For Adults

  • Keep track of what you read online with the Beanstack Tracker app or at https://urbanafreelibrary.beanstack.org.
  • Choose a free book from the prize cart for every 3 books you read (win up to 3 prizes).  With your first free book you’ll also receive a coupon for a free cookie from the Library café.
  • Remember that eBooks, audiobooks and comic/graphic novels can all be included on your log.
  • Collect your prizes at the second floor Reference Desk.

Book prizes are funded by The Friends of the Urbana Free Library.


#1000BooksB4K - Growing Readers One Book at a Time

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Welcome to 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten - a year-round reading program for children ages birth to five years.  It's the fun, exciting, and free way to start children on the path to success. 

One of the most reliable predictors of school success is being read to during early childhood.  The Library would like to help support you as you prepare your child for kindergarten.  Most importantly, sharing books with children promotes a lifelong love of books and reading. 

Just follow these steps to begin:

  1. Register:  Sign up at the Children's Services question desk or online.  Pick up program materials at the Library or print them from the website.
  2. Track Your Reading:  Mark your reading record for each book you read with your child.
  3. Every Book Counts:  Even if your child wants to hear the same book again and again, you can count it each time. You can also count the books your child hears at a story time, in day care or preschool, or with a friend or family member.   As long as your child listens to the entire book, it counts!
  4. 100-Book Milestones:  Each time you read 100 books, bring your reading record to the Library to receive a special sticker.  Take home a new reading record for your next 100 books or print one from the Library's website.
  5. 500 and 1,000 Books: You did it!  Come to the Library and receive a free book.  Look for your picture on the Library's Facebook page.
  6. Keep on Reading: Don’t stop at 1,000!  Keep on reading together—there’s more learning ahead!

Singing songs, saying rhymes, telling stories, and playing with your child are all great ways to build their literacy skills.  The Library has free programs for children that are fun and educational.  It's also a place to find great books to share!  

1,000 books may seem like a lot, but if you read just one book a night, you'll meet your goal in less than three years.  If you read three books a night, you could reach your goal in just one year!  Ask our friendly staff for suggestions—we're here to help you on your journey to 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten!

Book prizes are funded by the Friends of The Urbana Free Library


More photos for 500 and 1,000 Books milestones from 2019 and beyond on the Library's Facebook page.

2018 Photo Gallery

100 Books | 200 Books | 300 Books | 400 Books | 500 Books | 600 Books | 700 Books | 800 Books | 900 Books | 1000 Books

2017 Photo Gallery

100 Books | 200 Books | 300 Books | 400 Books | 500 Books | 600 Books | 700 Books | 800 Books | 900 Books | 1000 Books

2016 Photo Gallery

100 Books | 200 Books | 300 Books | 400 Books | 500 Books | 600 Books | 700 Books | 800 Books | 900 Books | 1000 Books

 

Resources

Flyer     Flyer (Spanish)

Reading Logs

1 - 100 Reading Log
101 - 200 Reading Log
201 - 300 Reading Log
301 - 400 Reading Log
401 - 500 Reading Log
501 - 600 Reading Log
601 - 700 Reading Log
701 - 800 Reading Log
801 - 900 Reading Log
901 - 1,000 Reading Log

Booklist

Books for Babies and Young Toddlers  (PDF)
Books for Two and Three Year Olds  (PDF)
Books for Four and Five Year Olds  (PDF)

20 Ways to Raise a Book-Smart Baby  (English)  (Spanish)