SEARCY, Ark. – Searcy Public Library is so proud of Mackenzie Ferguson and Abigail Lambert, who have completed the library’s “1000 Books before Kindergarten Program.”

“1000 Books before Kindergarten” is a national program that started at the Searcy Public Library in March of 2018. This program is for children from birth to the start of kindergarten. This program is self-paced and offered year-round. It is a great program that gets children excited about reading with their parents. Prizes are awarded for every 100 books read. Even during the pandemic, children were awarded via internet/telephone/curbside pickup. At the end of the program, each child is given a t-shirt with a certificate of completion and their pictures are sent to the editors of the Daily Citizen, and Searcy Living Magazine along with posts to the library’s Facebook page and There are currently 351 children in Searcy registered on this program. Mackenzie and Abigail are two of 20 children that have completed this program.

Searcy Public Library is so excited they finished this program despite the current situation we are all facing. During this pandemic, parents can continue to work on the program using the contactless curbside pickup the library is currently using to check out books during this pandemic.  This time at home gives our parents an opportunity to quickly finish this program.

If you would like more information on this 1000 Books Before Kindergarten Program or you would like to continue working on this program from home, please contact Rebecca Taylor at the Searcy Public Library 501-268-2449 EXT 130.

The Searcy Public Library offers other programs for school-age, teens, and adults online to help parents during this time.  Please go to the Searcy Public Library website or Searcy Public Library Facebook Page to learn more about the other services we offer.