Ellsworth resident Sarah Petroulis and her 7-year-old daughter Inara have challenged themselves to read every book in the Ellsworth Public Library's picture book collection (totaling approximately 3,000 books).

Inara Petroulis has been an Ellsworth Public Library patron her entire life.  Inara began visiting Ellsworth Public Library with her mom and grandmother for Baby Storytime when she was 6 months old.  Ellsworth resident Sarah Petroulis explains her daughter's history with the library and the reason behind the challenge here:

"Inara has grown up with Ellsworth Public Library.  As an only child, Inara didn't have a lot of opportunities to interact with other kids, so I brought her to programs and activities at the library to engage with other children and to help develop her love for reading.  She first started going to storytime when she was 6 months old.  As she grew older she participated in a wide variety of activities, such as the LEGO building challenges, music programs, and many reading challenges.  We usually choose books at random, but recently she has often found herself selecting books she has read before.  She decided she would read all of the books in order because she doesn't want to miss anything or miss out on a good book because it doesn't have an interesting cover.  We started in mid-January and have just finished the As.  Selecting 15 books at a time (because that's what fits in our book bag), we read 7-8 books each night, returning for new books every few days.  We keep track of the books we have read in a notebook.  In between library visits, we are currently reading Charlotte's Web and Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone. We just finished The Wild Robot Escapes, which we LOVED!  She also loves the Zombie Goldfish series and the Notebook of Doom series, although her favorite book has been The Book With No Pictures for many years."

If you want to take advantage of the Ellsworth Public Library it is open 6 days a week and it offers print and digital resources to Ellsworth residents and those of surrounding communities.

Ellsworth residents and those from many surrounding communities are eligible for a free library card.

You can call them at 667-6363 with questions about the library services.


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