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Accelerated Reader

The Accelerated Reader (AR) program encourages reading and tests comprehension. Schools implement AR programs differently and which tests they purchase. Visit the school’s website to determine what books are on its AR list. If your child attends a Boone County Public School, go to the district website, find your school, and then click on the link to the library. You can also visit Boone County Public Library where a Youth Services librarian will help you with the AR website.

Requesting a Book

Here’s how to do it:

  1. Search our collection for the book.
  2. Click on the “Place Request” button.
  3. Log-in with your user name and password.
  4. Log-out

If it’s available, we will place the book on hold for 5 days. If it isn’t available, we will place the book on hold when it return.

Early Literacy (Birth to Age 5)


Literacy development begins at birth, and we encourage parents and caregivers to bring infants and young children to Storytime. Even very young children learn literacy skills when exposed to books and reading. For more information, please read Early Literacy: Frequently Asked Questions.

Every Child Ready to Read @ Your Library

The Every Child Ready to Read ® (ECRR) framework guides the design of all our Storytimes. As such, Storytimes meet the early literacy needs of children and educate caregivers in ways to foster development.

Born Learning

Born Learning promotes turning everyday moments into fun learning opportunities for children.

Governor’s Office of Early Childhood

The Monthly Message series provides ideas on helping children reach kindergarten ready to learn, to grow, and to succeed. View all available monthly messages on the their website.

The current monthly message is: Summer Safety.


Boone County Public Library has monthly homeschool programs during the school year. Programs are held on the first Wednesday of the month, at 2:00 p.m., at Main Library in Burlington. Each month has a different theme, and students are divided into two groups:

  1. Homeschool Sampler for grades 1 – 5.
  2. Homeschool Hangout for middle and high school grades

Parents and preschoolers can enjoy our children’s area during the programs.

A monthly email about upcoming library programs and local events is sent to homeschoolers. To be added to the homeschool email list, send your information to For questions or more information, please call Karen Harden at 342-2665 x8143.

Helpful Websites for Homeschooling

Playaway Views

Playaway Views are kid-friendly video players that show animated picture books or play episodes of Sesame Street. The devices check-out for 3 weeks (no renewals), and earbuds are optional. (Sorry, the Library doesn’t supply earbuds.) Reserved Playaway Views are kept at the check-out desk.

School Lunches

You can now apply for free or reduced school meals online! Applying is easy, safe, and secure. Simply go to and apply today.

Theme Kits

Theme Kits promote literacy while teaching preschool children about the world around them. You can place a Theme Kit on hold (limit: 2 at a time), download a PDF to preview the contents of all Theme Kits, or .