Youth Services Area

1,000 Books Before Kindergarten

1000 Books Before Kindergarten is a Library program that encourages all families and caregivers to read at least 1000 books with their young children before they enter Kindergarten. Reading to preschool-age children builds vocabulary, language skills, and helps prepare them with the skills they need for Kindergarten. In as little as 15 minutes a day, families can build the skills for future school and life success.

Get started today! Pick up a free 1000 Books Before Kindergarten Reading Log at Oxford Public Library. Any child aged 0-5 can participate.

*Thank you to the Oxford Library Friends for helping sponsor this program.*

100 Books to Read in Kindergarten Poster

If you have a child in Kindergarten, pick up a poster and stickers at the Youth Desk to track some of the best books to read to your kindergartener.

1000 Books Before Kindergarten logo under graphic of a fox reading a book

500 Books Before Middle School

500 Books Before Middle School is a Library program that encourages all elementary students to read 500 books before entering Middle School. Research shows that students who continue to read throughout elementary school have better vocabulary, comprehension, and writing skills. It also encourages a life-long love of reading.

Get Started Today! – Pick up a free 500 Books Before Middle School Reading Log at Oxford Public Library.  Any child in grade 1-5 can participate.

500 Books Before Middle School graphic

Dolly Parton Imagination Library

What is it?

Each month a new, carefully selected book will be mailed in your child’s name directly to your home. This program is funded by the 4CCF Friends of Imagination Library. There is no cost or obligation to your family.

Who is eligible?
Children aged 0-5 who live in NE Oakland County (including Oxford), SE Lapeer, NW Macomb & NW St. Clair Counties.

How do I sign my child up?

Pick up an application at Oxford Public Library (Youth Department), or visit

Dolly Parton Imagination Library book train logo

eResources for Children

Brittanica School

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A suite of resources at four levels (Learning Zone, Elementary, Middle, and High) covering people, countries, science, animals, current events, and biographies. (MeL)

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Learning Express

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Over 770 practice tests, tutorials, and eBooks related to career certification and licensing, college entrance and graduate school admissions, GED and job search and workplace skills. (MeL)

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MeL Homework Help: K-5

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Collection of MeL online resources curated for students in Kindergarten through 5th grade to help with homework, school assignments, and projects.

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Michigan eLibrary: Kids

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Collection of MeL online resources curated for kids to learn, play, and read.

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TumbleBook Library

TumbleBook Library

An online collection of animated, talking picture books as well as longer chapter books.

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Children’s Book Lists