Seven-year-old Inara Petroulis and her best friend enjoy a read together in the children’s room at the Ellsworth Public Library. SARAH PETROULIS PHOTO

Read all about it: Seven-year-old aims to read 3,000 books

ELLSWORTH — 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 has been an Ellsworth Public Library patron her entire life. She began visiting the library with her mom and grandmother for Baby Storytime when she was 6 months old. Ellsworth resident Sarah Petroulis says her daughter’s childhood has been entwined with the 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.”

In mid-January, mother and daughter embarked on their challenge and have finished the picture book collection’s As. Selecting 15 books at a time (because that’s what fits in their book bag), they have been reading seven or eight books each night, returning for new books every few days. They keep track of the books we have read in a notebook. In between library visits, they are currently reading “Charlotte’s Web” and “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.” They just finished “The Wild Robot Escapes,” “which we LOVED!” Inara also loves the “Zombie Goldfish” series and the “Notebook of Doom” series, although her favorite book for many years has been “The Book With No Pictures.”

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