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  • Pass the Book by the Numbers – June 17, 2011

    Thanks to Summer Reading book promotions at Lake Elkhorn Middle School, we’ve had another huge week at Pass the Book. 26 books were registered this week in Columbia, MD:

    688 Columbia, MD, USA 2011-06-08 15:06:14
    870 Columbia, MD, USA 2011-06-13 11:32:10
    760 Columbia, MD, USA 2011-06-14 12:50:28
    761 Columbia, MD, USA 2011-06-14 12:51:42
    759 Columbia, MD, USA 2011-06-14 12:53:04
    757 Columbia, MD, USA 2011-06-14 12:54:03
    758 Columbia, MD, USA 2011-06-14 13:37:18
    743 Columbia, MD, USA 2011-06-14 13:37:55
    735 Columbia, MD, USA 2011-06-14 13:38:06
    734 Columbia, MD, USA 2011-06-14 13:38:55
    744 Columbia, MD, USA 2011-06-14 13:39:14
    607 Columbia, MD, USA 2011-06-14 13:41:17
    720 Columbia, MD, USA 2011-06-14 18:25:29
    765 Columbia, MD, USA 2011-06-14 18:26:17
    716 Columbia, MD, USA 2011-06-15 16:10:11
    725 Columbia, MD, USA 2011-06-15 16:11:00
    723 Columbia, MD, USA 2011-06-15 16:58:09
    724 Columbia, MD, USA 2011-06-15 16:58:43
    1131 Columbia, MD, USA 2011-06-15 19:11:29
    747 Columbia, MD, USA 2011-06-15 21:40:30
    756 Columbia, MD, USA 2011-06-16 12:43:30
    754 Columbia, MD, USA 2011-06-16 12:43:32
    755 Columbia, MD, USA 2011-06-16 12:43:47
    741 Columbia, MD, USA 2011-06-16 12:44:11
    753 Columbia, MD, USA 2011-06-16 12:44:27
    742 Columbia, MD, USA 2011-06-16 12:46:56

    All of these books were registered for the first time except book 747, which was registered for the second time after first being registered on June 3rd. Our total number of active copies has taken another significant leap:

    - Secret Hour Pay the Piper Total
    Active Copies 235 180 415
    Number of Passes 339 215 554
    Passed Twice 61 27 88
    Passed Three Times 17 4 21
    Passed Four Times 4 1 – Book 1073 6
    Passed Five Times 1 – Book 446 1 – Book 1158 -
    Passed Six Times 1 – Book 562 - -
    Participating States 17 10 -
    Participating Countries 8 5 -

    We’re looking forward to seeing where some of these books travel to. Read, register and pass the book today!

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  • Pass the Book by the Numbers – June 3, 2011

    Our summer reading book promotions have brought a busy week for Pass the Book this week, thanks to our friends at Oakland Mills Middle School. 25 books have been registered locally in the past two weeks. We’ll be watching to see where these books go next! Here are the details of this week’s activity:

    609 Columbia, MD 21045, USA 2011-05-16 19:29:36
    702 Elkridge, MD 21075, USA 2011-05-18 23:28:02
    777 Columbia, MD, USA 2011-06-01 13:52:41
    787 Columbia, MD, USA 2011-06-01 13:54:11
    769 Columbia, MD, USA 2011-06-01 13:55:11
    786 Columbia, MD, USA 2011-06-01 13:57:08
    785 Columbia, MD, USA 2011-06-01 13:58:32
    775 Columbia, MD, USA 2011-06-01 13:58:36
    777 Columbia, MD, USA 2011-06-01 14:42:37
    784 Columbia, MD, USA 2011-06-01 14:47:47
    789 Columbia, MD, USA 2011-06-01 14:48:43
    789 Columbia, MD, USA 2011-06-01 14:49:30
    748 Columbia, MD, USA 2011-06-01 17:25:22
    788 Columbia, MD, USA 2011-06-01 17:25:54
    767 Columbia, MD, USA 2011-06-01 17:26:25
    749 Columbia, MD, USA 2011-06-01 17:27:17
    772 Columbia, MD, USA 2011-06-01 17:28:10
    766 Columbia, MD 21045, USA 2011-06-01 17:30:44
    766 Columbia, MD 21045, USA 2011-06-02 03:17:10
    719 Columbia, MD, USA 2011-06-03 13:56:33
    718 Columbia, MD, USA 2011-06-03 13:57:59
    745 Columbia, MD, USA 2011-06-03 14:46:33
    747 Columbia, MD, USA 2011-06-03 14:47:39
    717 Columbia, MD, USA 2011-06-03 14:48:27
    746 Columbia, MD, USA 2011-06-03 14:49:46

    A busy two weeks like this has also made a big difference in the total number of books registered. Take a look at our updated table. There are now 389 active copies of a Pass the Book title in circulation, and we’re closing in on our 200th Pay the Piper registration:

    - Secret Hour Pay the Piper Total
    Active Copies 235 154 389
    Number of Passes 339 188 527
    Passed Twice 61 26 87
    Passed Three Times 17 4 21
    Passed Four Times 4 1 – Book 1073 6
    Passed Five Times 1 – Book 446 1 – Book 1158 -
    Passed Six Times 1 – Book 562 - -
    Participating States 17 10 -
    Participating Countries 8 5 -

    As the summer begins, and you visit the library to sign up for You Are Here, the 2011 Summer Reading Program, ask us for a copy of Pay the Piper to register, read and pass!

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  • Pass the Book by the Numbers – May 13, 2011

    We have some things to celebrate at Pass the Book this week. Since Pass the Book began in October 2009, books have been registered and passed more than 500 times! Book 1169, registered in Laurel, MD on May 9 was the 500th book registered.

    Seven copies of Pay the Piper have been passed since we last checked in on April 22nd, and one book has been registered for the fifth time.

    1048 Ellicott City, MD, USA 2011-04-27 16:19:23
    969 Silver Spring, MD, USA 2011-05-04 22:00:29
    810 Bradford, IL 61421, USA 2011-05-07 01:42:22
    1176 Laurel, MD 20723, USA 2011-05-09 02:02:13
    1169 Laurel, MD 20723, USA 2011-05-09 02:04:16
    1081 Ellicott City, MD, USA 2011-05-09 23:37:51
    1158 Houston, TX 77054, USA 2011-05-10 22:57:48

    Three books were registered for the first time, and four familiar copies re-appeared. Book 810 was registered in Illinois for a third time. Book 969 moved from College Park, MD to Silver Spring, and book 1081 was re-registered in Ellicott City. Book 1158 was re-registered too.


    Book 1158 became our first book registered in Texas, when it found a home in Houston after being passed for the fifth time, 1200 miles from Henderson, Nevada. Book 1158 has now had five different owners and traveled 3500 miles, and Texas becomes the tenth state to host a copy of Pay the Piper. Copies of Pay the Piper have been registered in Illinois, Kansas, Maryland, Michigan, New York, Nevada, Pennsylvania, Texas, Utah and Virginia.

    Here are our current totals:

    - Secret Hour Pay the Piper Total
    Active Copies 235 132 367
    Number of Passes 339 163 502
    Passed Twice 61 23 84
    Passed Three Times 17 4 21
    Passed Four Times 4 1 – Book 1073 6
    Passed Five Times 1 – Book 446 1 – Book 1158 -
    Passed Six Times 1 – Book 562 - -
    Participating States 17 10 -
    Participating Countries 8 5 -

    Keep reading, registering and passing the book! We’re watching to see where these books pop up next!

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  • Pass the Book by the Numbers – April 22nd, 2011

    Three more copies of Pay the Piper were registered this week. One was registered in-state for the first time, and two were passed out of state & registered for the second time.  Book 643 traveled 613 miles to Gurnee, IL and Book 631 traveled 295 miles from Elkton, MD to Niagara Falls. Here are the details:

    969 College Park, MD, USA 4/19/2011 21:40
    631 Niagara Falls, NY, USA 4/21/2011 2:15
    643 Gurnee, IL, USA 4/21/2011 15:47

    Book 643 is the second book registered in Illinois, and our third registration there after the recent adventures of book 810. Meanwhile, book 631 is our fourth book registered in New York State. Two books (562 and 1158) have been registered in West Point, book 234 was registered in New York City in February 2010, and this week’s registration expands Pass the Book to Niagara Falls, NY.

    Here are our current totals. You’ll notice that we’re closing in on another milestone:

    - Secret Hour Pay the Piper Total
    Active Copies 235 129 364
    Number of Passes 339 156 495
    Passed Twice 61 21 82
    Passed Three Times 17 3 20
    Passed Four Times 4 2 – Book 1073 and book 1158 6
    Passed Five Times 1 – Book 446 - -
    Passed Six Times 1 – Book 562 - -
    Participating States 17 9 -
    Participating Countries 8 5 -

    As we enter the last week of April 2011, we’re only five passes away from recording our 500th registration. If you have a book, pass it this week to help us reach our goal. If you would like to launch a book this week, visit the closest branch of Howard County Library to collect a copy.

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  • Pass the Book by the Numbers – April 15, 2011

    We’ve had an exciting week here at Pass the Book. Three books were registered for the second time. Two of these were international passes to countries that have not previously hosted a book, and the third was an out-of-state pass. Here are the details:

    1178 Manila, Philippines 4/9/2011 3:08
    810 Edelstein, IL, USA 4/9/2011 14:36
    150 Sharjah – United Arab Emirates 4/10/2011 2:43

    Book 150, a copy of The Secret Hour first registered in June 2010, was passed 7024 miles this week from Columbia, MD to Sharjah, UAE. Book 1178 was passed 8564 miles from Laurel, MD to Manila a month after being registered for the first time. There are now five different countries hosting copies of Pay the Piper – Australia, India, Japan, the Philippines and the United States. Eight countries including the UAE are hosting a copy of The Secret Hour.

    We’re still hoping for a Pass the Book title to be registered in Africa or South America. If you can help us by passing a book south of the equator, pick up a copy from your closest branch of Howard County Library System this week, and register, read and pass.

    Here are our totals:

    - Secret Hour Pay the Piper Total
    Active Copies 235 128 363
    Number of Passes 339 153 492
    Passed Twice 61 19 80
    Passed Three Times 17 3 20
    Passed Four Times 4 2 – Book 1073 and book 1158 6
    Passed Five Times 1 – Book 446 - -
    Passed Six Times 1 – Book 562 - -
    Participating States 17 9 -
    Participating Countries 8 5 -

    Only eight more passes are required for us to log a total of 500 passes! Do you have a book? Pass it this week and help us to reach this milestone.

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  • Pass the Book by the Numbers – April 8, 2011

    There’s only one registration to report this week, but it is noteworthy! Book 810 was registered for the first time in Princeville, Illinois. This is our first book registered in the Prairie State, and there’s now a ninth state hosting a copy of Pay the Piper:

    810 Princeville, IL 61559, USA 2011-04-02 06:25:28

    Here’s a look at our revised totals:

    - Secret Hour Pay the Piper Total
    Active Copies 235 128 363
    Number of Passes 338 151 489
    Passed Twice 60 17 77
    Passed Three Times 17 3 20
    Passed Four Times 4 2 – Book 1073

    Book 1158

    6
    Passed Five Times 1 – Book 446 - -
    Passed Six Times 1 – Book 562 - -
    Participating States 17 9 -
    Participating Countries 7 4 -

    Keep registering, reading and passing the book. If you would like to start a book on an interesting journey, visit your nearest branch of the Howard County Library System this week to claim your copy!

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  • Pass the Book by the Numbers – April 1, 2011

    Pass the Book has had another great week this week, with five first-time registrations, including book 631 registered out-of-county in Elkton, MD.

    631 Elkton, MD, USA 3/26/2011 0:16
    1016 Ellicott City, MD, USA 3/26/2011 14:38
    1178 Laurel, MD, USA 3/29/2011 15:55
    1029 Ellicott City, MD, USA 3/30/2011 21:43
    925 Columbia, MD 21044, USA 3/31/2011 20:30

    These registrations have pushed us past another milestone. Copies of Pay the Piper have been registered 150 times since our kick-off event in October.  We’re also closing in on 500 total passes since Pass the Book began in October 2009:

    - Secret Hour Pay the Piper Total
    Active Copies 235 127 362
    Number of Passes 338 150 488
    Passed Twice 60 17 77
    Passed Three Times 17 3 20
    Passed Four Times 4 2 – Book 1073 Book 1158 6
    Passed Five Times 1 – Book 446 - -
    Passed Six Times 1 – Book 562 - -
    Participating States 17 8 -
    Participating Countries 7 4 -

    There are copies of Pay the Piper available, and we’re waiting to see where you send them. Register, read and pass the book today!

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  • Pass the Book by the Numbers – March 25, 2011

    Two books have been registered locally in the past two weeks:

    20 Ellicott City, MD, USA 3/21/2011 16:56
    1049 Ellicott City, MD, USA 3/23/2011 13:35

    Both book 20, a copy of The Secret Hour, and book 1049, a copy of Pay the Piper, were registered for the second time in Ellicott City. Our total number of passes continues to climb. Seventy-seven books have now been registered at least twice, and copies of Pay the Piper have been registered 145 times.

    - Secret Hour Pay the Piper Total
    Active Copies 235 122 357
    Number of Passes 338 145 483
    Passed Twice 60 17 77
    Passed Three Times 17 3 20
    Passed Four Times 4 2 – Book 1073 Book 1158 6
    Passed Five Times 1 – Book 446 - -
    Passed Six Times 1 – Book 562 - -
    Participating States 17 8 -
    Participating Countries 7 4 -

    Ask for a Pass the Book copy of Pay the Piper at your library, then register, read and pass the book!

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  • Pass the Book by the Numbers – March 11, 2011

    After a quiet week last week, there have been two local registrations this week to boost our totals. Both are new books that were registered for the first time:

    1023 Ellicott City, MD, USA 2011-03-04 15:50:24
    643 Maryland 20777, USA 2011-03-05 04:56:40

    Here are the cumulative numbers:

    - Secret Hour Pay the Piper Total
    Active Copies 235 122 357
    Number of Passes 337 144 481
    Passed Twice 59 16 75
    Passed Three Times 17 3 20
    Passed Four Times 4 2 – Book 1073 Book 1158 6
    Passed Five Times 1 – Book 446 - -
    Passed Six Times 1 – Book 562 - -
    Participating States 17 8 -
    Participating Countries 7 4 -

    Pay the Piper has been passed 144 times. We’ll reach 150 passes with 6 more registrations, and we continue to close in on 500 total passes during both years of Pass the Book. Keep registering, reading, and passing the book! Pick up a book to pass at your library today!

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  • Pass the Book by the Numbers – February 25, 2011

    There were four registrations this week. Book 1193 was registered in both Laurel, MD and Spanish Fork, UT, and passed 1845 miles between the two places. Book 1193 is the first copy of Pay the Piper registered in Utah, and our second Pass the Book registration in the Beehive State. Copy 562 of The Secret Hour was registered in Riverton, UT back in December 2009.

    In local news this week, book 1173 and book 768 were both registered in Laurel for the first time.

    1173 Laurel, MD 20723, USA 02/18/11 02:48 AM
    768 Laurel, MD 20723, USA 02/20/11 07:07 PM
    1193 Laurel, MD, USA 02/22/11 04:35 AM
    1193 Spanish Fork, UT, USA 02/22/11 04:37 AM

    There are now copies of Pay the Piper in eight states:  Kansas, Maryland, Michigan, New York, Nevada, Pennsylvania, Utah and Virginia. Here’s a look at our table of totals:

    - Secret Hour Pay the Piper Total
    Active Copies 235 120 355
    Number of Passes 337 141 478
    Passed Twice 59 16 75
    Passed Three Times 17 3 20
    Passed Four Times 4 2 – Book 1073 Book 1158 6
    Passed Five Times 1 – Book 446 - -
    Passed Six Times 1 – Book 562 - -
    Participating States 17 8 -
    Participating Countries 7 4 -

    We’re closing in on 150 passes of Pay the Piper, and 500 total passes. Where will you pass the book? Pick up a specially-marked copy of Pay the Piper from the closest branch of Howard County Library today.

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