Give Thanks

"Give Thanks" November Challenge

Join us for a month of Thanksgiving. Beginning November 1st, we will be spelling the word “THANKS” by completing each of the following challenges. Books may be fiction or non-fiction, youth or adult—audiobooks count as well.  

T is for Thanks

Read a book with some form of the word “Thank” in the title (Thank, Thanks, Thankful, Thanksgiving, etc.)

H is for History

Read a book about history. Need ideas? Check out the 900 section of our non-fiction books or the Historical Fiction shelf of our new fiction books.

A is for Author

Read a book by your favorite author.

N is for New

Read a book published in 2018.

K is for Kearney

Read a book about Kearney, NE, or written by an author from Kearney, NE. Too specific? Read a book set in or about Nebraska or written by an author from Nebraska.

S is for Season

Read a book about Thanksgiving, fall, football, or any other season currently underway.

Fall 2017

1000 Books Before Kindergarten

The concept is simple, the rewards are priceless! The goal is to read 1,000 books before your child starts kindergarten. Does it sound hard? Not really if you think about it. If you read just one book a night, you'll have read 365 books in a year. That's 730 books in two years and 1,095 books in three years. If you consider that most children start kindergarten at five years of age, you have more time than you think!

This program is based on evidence that the more children (ages 0–5) hear books read to them, the more prepared they'll be to learn and enjoy reading upon reaching kindergarten.

To Participate:

  • Ages 0-6
  • Pick up a reading log booklet in the youth department.
  • Prizes will be awarded to participants when they reach 500 and 1,000 books.
  • This program is a work-at-your-own-pace program.
  • End Date: Your child's first day of kindergarten.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Who can join?
Children from birth through the start of kindergarten are invited to join.

Do we have to read books from the library?
You can read books from anywhere: your house, grandma's house, at the doctor, at daycare, etc. But we'd love to see you enjoy our books as well.

Can we count the same book more than once?
Of course! Children love repetition and reading is reading whether it's once or one thousand times!

Can I count storytime books?
Most definitely! We love seeing you at storytime and those are books that count!

How long do I have to read 1,000 books?
The program has no official end date. Don't rush, take your time and enjoy the memories you're making with your child.