You are your child's first teacher!

Sign them up for 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten (1KB4K) at Big Rapids Community Library!

The program in a nutshell:

  • When you enroll your child in 1KB4K, you will receive a Reading Chart. For every book you read, cross off one circle on your chart.​

  • When you have read 100 books to your child, bring the completed chart. Your child will get his or her name on the wall in the Children’s Room, a sticker and a new chart for the next 100 books.​

  • After every 100 books, make sure to pick up your sticker and the next reading Chart.​

  • When your child reaches 1,000 books, he or she will receive their very own book bag, a book, and a stylish Certificate of Achievement.

  • Finished all the steps? Congratulations! You did it! You gave your children a priceless gift — the readiness to read!

Every child in your family can participate, from infant up to Kindergarten.

Does reading 1,000 books seem totally overwhelming?

We promise, it's not as hard as you think!

3 books a day for 1 year = 1,095 books

10 books a week for 2 years = 1,040 books
1 book a day for 3 years = 1,095 books



​It's simple, fun and we'll help you get there!


Text 231-216-8942

to speak to a librarian. 

426 S. Michigan Ave.

Big Rapids, MI 49307

Phone (231) 796-5234

Fax (231) 796-1078

Library Hours
Monday           10am-5pm
Tuesday           11am-7pm
Wednesday     10am-5pm
Thursday          11am-7pm
Friday               10am-5pm 
Saturday           9am-12pm
Sunday                Closed