We're slowly but surely digging ourselves out from under the wall of books donated in October. Counting is the next-to-last-step in the process, just before boxing & placing in storage, so it takes a while to get around to it.
Right now, we have 6,997 books inspected, sorted by reading level, counted, and boxed for storage.
In addition to that, we have sorted out about 2,000 "barter books": these are adult books or kids books we can't distribute, but will trade or sell some other way to get more kids' books.
I'm not done yet! There are about 1,000 books that were in such bad shape they can't be used or sold. Books with mildew in the pages, ripped covers, missing pages, falling apart.
So if you're keeping count, we've processed about 10,000 books so far. AND...
... I can easily say there are 3,000 (maybe even 4,000) more books that haven't been touched yet. Fingers crossed that they're usable kids' books; if not, we'll figure something out!
No wonder my back is aching. Keep the books coming. We especially need "chapter books" for grades 2-5. Thousands of them. Spread the word.