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Friday, March 18, 2011

Progress Report - March 2011

My last progress report was in October so I'm thinkin' it's time for an update!

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

Monday, September 28, 2009. I'm over a year in now, and have realized that real life (three kids age 4 and under) does not set you up well for completing challenges quickly. We're just plodding along and this project will take me much longer than I originally anticipated. But I think that's ok! Having kids is a greater blessing than having a completed project!

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 "Bu" section.

Total number of picture books read:

By my count, 948.

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

Zero! I go once every two weeks. When I started this challenge, I was going to the library twice a week. Time and additional children have obviously changed things!

Average number of books checked out per visit:

I started reading more books IN the library and bringing home the books that I think we will really enjoy and that I will want to spend the time writing about. On average I would say I'm probably bringing home about 20 books a trip.

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

I think I shall leave it with Paulette Bourgeois, who was mentioned as my favorite on the last report. She penned the Franklin the Turtle books which we really have enjoyed to the point of adding some of her books to our home library.

Total amount of fines due so far:

I've lost count because I lost my library card and so we've been using my husband's card! (How incredibly bad is that?!) I'm going to guess we're somewhere in the range of $7 in fines, mostly because we've checked out videos that weren't returned in time and not due to books being forgotten. We can check out books for 4 weeks at our library, but videos for 2. This consistently throws me off and gets me in trouble!

And that, folks, is where I'm at!


  1. Hi!
    This sounds like such a cool and exciting project.

    I think my kids are a little too old to enjoy reading that many picture books, though.

    Have fun.


  2. Cool project. I feel like I'm checking out a lot of books when I bring 6-7 books home, wow 20 books a trip, that is awesome!


  3. Have you paused? I can see how the three kids would slow you down, especially as they get old enough to have real (and differing) opinions.

    I'm just reading a book from each shelf, but I'm missing the picture books and may go back to more of them now that we're into the chapter book section.

  4. Definite pause, yes. As you said - three kids, all small, with a morning and afternoon nap schedule in place. Doesn't make getting out of the house very easy at the moment.

    Hope to pick up again after morning naps are ditched.