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Reading My Library

Friday, February 26, 2010

Progress Report

I guess it's been a little while since I've given an update, so here you go!

Goal set for reading all of the children's picture books in our library:

Monday, September 28th

Progress as of today's date:

I've read (according to the last name of the author) through the "A" section and am into the "Be" section where I feel a bit stuck.

Total number of picture books read:

By my count, 558.

Average number of times I go to the library during the week:


Average number of books checked out per visit:

I've made about 15 trips to the library, which makes my average about 37 books per trip which, according to the way I feel after I've finished lugging the pile to the car, seems just about right!

Favorite New-to-Me author I've discovered so far:

Honestly, Jim Arnosky is still holding the trophy for my most favorite so far. His books are just awesome.

Total amount of fines due so far:

$3.35. You'll notice (perhaps) that that is the same total as I mentioned in my last progress report. Thankfully, I have not added to that number! (I also stopped checking out videos just to be sure!)


I still feel like I'm keeping a reasonable pace for myself. I don't feel overwhelmed or stressed which is generally my clue that I need to step back. I feel pressure to keep plugging on and work my way out of the B's before too much more time passes, but at the same time I said this challenge would last a few years and so I just need to keep the Tortoise and the Hare in the mind and keep on keeping on. It's the best that I can do and I'm pretty happy with where things are at.

The best part about this is how excited Bookworm1 has grown about trips to the library. I tend to make the trips alone, to get in and out as fast as possible. However, when I arrive home both he and Bookworm2 launch themselves straight into the bag to see what goodies they can each find.

Bookworm1's first thought: Are there any books about octopuses this time?*

Bookworm2's first thought: Can I get all of the books out of the bag all by myself and spread them around the room before anyone stops me?

It's becoming even more a family affair than it was when I first started and I really like that fact. A lot.

* I did check the plural for octopus and it is technically correct to say octopuses and it is technically incorrect to say octopi. I checked a few sources. Just wanted to clarify that! =D


  1. Don't know if I've told you or not, but you've inspired us to read our way through the children's section of our local library too. We're doing it a little different than you though.
    Our children's section is very frustrating for trying to find specific books or authors in the children's section. They have the books in little boxes with tags on the front of the boxes and then tags on the books. The tags stand for holidays, poetry, educational, social studies, animals, etc. It's really kind of haphazard and it drives me crazy!
    Anyway, instead of going through author's alphabetically, because that would be a pain with this set up, I decided to choose a book or two from each box each visit. We've read about 150 books from the children's section of the library since January. We're really enjoying it. Thanks for the challenge.

  2. I'm impressed not only with the amount of books you've reviewed, but also with your fines!!!


  3. Ha about the fines! Our library now uses Library Elf (I think that you can sign up yourself) and so I get emails reminding me when books are due, which really helps with my fines.

  4. I love that it is non-stressful and even more family oriented!
    Keep 'em coming! (the reviews I mean...)

  5. We have also enjoyed Arnosky, thanks to your recommendation. I don't even want to talk about library fines. 37 books at a time? Sounds like an exercise program to me!

  6. Excellent, Carrie! I love it!

    I, too, am impressed by your miniscule fines. This week I racked up over $4 at one library alone. I'm usually pretty good at keeping up with it what I have and from where, but I got confused. :-)

    Keep up the good work!