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Reading My Library

Monday, September 28, 2009

What I'm Doing

The plan:

Read through all of the Children's Picture Books in the children's section of our local library.

The goal:

To work my way from A to Z.

The reality:

Books will be checked out by other patrons and I'll probably miss a title or two (or 10 or 20). However, I'll have still hit the majority which will number in the 10's of thousands. New books might be added to the library's collection after I've read through a particular letter of the alphabet. C'est la vie!

The organizational process:

To go in and check out books in sections. At our library, the books are organized alphabetically by author and so, for starters, I went in and grabbed the first 35 books to begin with. I checked out all of the books that had been sectioned off from between the first two bookends starting at 'A'. At times the librarians might think a bit of library vandalism is going on. I eliminated the need for the bookends with my first haul. This will happen section by section, row by row until I have made my way around the room, from Aardema to Zunshine and whoever is in between. I'm sure I shall make lots of new friends (and perhaps might develop a few mortal enemies!)

The idea:

To read the fun books I find with my children.

The time frame: However long it takes. I anticipate this will be a 1-2 year project. I would definitely prefer to finish in a single year. But I'm a mother of two little ones and they take priority around here!

The joy:

In saying WE did it - our family!

The friends:

YOU! Grab a button, subscribe in a million possible ways and occasionally stop in at your local library and explore their shelves!

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  1. so, this is kinda like Julie and Julia, but with books, eh? Sounds like a great idea!!


  2. What fun for your family. A very worthy goal! Good luck!

  3. We have been participating in the 100 books a month challenge, but I am signing up for this one too as a way of organizing ourselves a bit more! Great idea!

  4. Found out about this from Alex! (Hi Alex!)
    This is a great idea...what I was thinking when i started the 100 Books-a-Month Challenge!! This will definitely keep us organized as there are a ton of books at our library!! Count us in!

  5. So Cool!! We are in!!!! BTW... Hi Alex and Leslie! :)

  6. Leslie told me about this challenge and Our Pace sent me a note. Our family wants in on this challenge too. I will be happy to spread the word.

  7. You have an amazing, ambitious and wonderful goal. Even if you don't achieve it at 100%, or even 50%, you're still doing better than 99% of all people, I'd wager. And opening the whole wide world to your kids.

  8. That's awesome! Best wishes to your challenge and happy reading!

  9. This is something I have thought about doing for several months! I am not alone.... big grin. Maybe I will actually start soon.

  10. What a great idea! I'm a children's librarian and surprisingly enough I haven't read all the picture books in MY library! I may have to join you!

  11. I love your idea! I am doing sort of the same thing with "THE 1001 BOOKS YOU MUST READ BEFORE YOU DIE". Before I started that insane project I had thought about reading through the YA section of my library. Good luck!

  12. I like that idea!