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  • Pass the Book by the Numbers – October 7, 2011

    It is time to check in with Pass the Book once again. Four books have been registered since our last review, including two out-of-state registrations in Illinois and Nebraska.Book 1048 has now been registered three times, and book 810 has been registered five times!

    662 Ellicott City, MD, USA 2011-08-25
    810 Wyoming, IL 61491, USA 2011-09-11
    1048 West Point, NE 68788, USA 2011-09-14
    880 Clarksville, MD 20777, USA 2011-10-04

    Our totals reflect these most recent registrations. We’re only one pass away from our 600th registration.

    - Secret Hour Pay the Piper Total
    Active Copies 235 203 438
    Number of Passes 340 259 599
    Passed Twice 62 35 97
    Passed Three Times 17 9 26
    Passed Four Times 4 - 4
    Passed Five Times 1 – Book 446 3 – Book 810, Book 1158, Book 1073 4
    Passed Six Times 1 – Book 562 1 – Book 766 2
    Participating States 17 13 -
    Participating Countries 8 6 -

    We’re wrapping up Pass the Book 2011 with an after-hours lock-in at the East Columbia branch on Friday October 14 from 7-9.30pm. Celebrate the end of Pass the Book with games, crafts, and refreshments! Play Rock Band, sing karaoke, and enter for a chance to win door prizes. Register and complete the permission slip today, then take a look at the rest of our Teen Read Week 2011 events. We’ll see you there!

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  • Longest Pass Contest 2011

    It is summer, and the time has come once again for the Pass the Book longest pass contest.

    Are you traveling this summer? Why not Pass the Book while you’re there? Maybe you’re staying home and someone is coming to visit you.  Why not send them home with a book to pass?

    Between Friday July 1 and Friday August 19 we’re on the lookout for the three books that are passed the farthest distance from point A to point B in a single pass. Books should be registered at both ends of their pass to qualify.

    Prizes will be awarded to the three people who pass those books and the three people who register those books when they receive them. Last year’s longest pass winners all sent their books more than 3000 miles across international borders, so think big!

    If you’re traveling this summer…or even if you’re not…don’t forget to read, register, and pass!

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  • Gold Records & Grammys

    Create a gold record to hang on your wall, predict Grammy winners for a chance at a prize, and pick up a copy of the 2011 Pass the Book, Pay the Piper. Wear something to paint in, and bring a photo or other image for your album cover.

    Wednesday February 9, 4.30pm, Elkridge Branch.

    Register for this event.

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  • Meet Jane Yolen at FaerieCon

    Jane_YolenWould you like to meet the author and perhaps get a copy of Pay the Piper signed? Author Jane Yolen will be in Maryland for FaerieCon 2010 at the Baltimore Marriott Hunt Valley on Saturday November 13. In a conversation session from 3.30 to 4.15pm, Yolen “will share her insights and wisdom on faerie, fantasy and life as an artist.”

    For more details about FaerieCon 2010, check out their website. If you’re going, let us know by leaving a comment, and if you get a Pass the Book copy of Pay the Piper signed by Jane Yolen, check back here to tell us which copy of the book is signed!

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  • Tonight: Pass the Book Celebration

    Celebrate with us as Pass the Book 2011 begins and the inaugural year ends. 50 lucky teens will be the first to pick up and register a new copy of Pay the Piper by Jane Yolen and Adam Stemple, our 2011 Pass the Book selection.


    Remember The Secret Hour by Scott Westerfeld as you create Slither repellents and answer Midnighter trivia. Get to know Pay the Piper as you play Rock Band and sing karaoke. Enter for a chance to win door prizes, like signed copies of The Secret Hour. A completed permission slip is required to attend this event.

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  • Pay the Piper Video Trailer

    Can’t wait until Friday for your copy of Pay the Piper? Get a preview with our book trailer.

    Don’t forget to sign up for our Teen Read Week 2010 events, where you can pick up a copy of Pay the Piper to register, read and pass:

    • Punk Rocks. Elkridge Branch, Monday October 18, 4pm

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  • This Concert is No Picnic

    nopicnicRock out at Savage Branch on Tuesday October 19 at 7pm with local band No Picnic, who promise a show to suit a wide range of musical tastes. After the concert, check out their debut CD, The Wilderness Looks So Inviting, and pick up a copy of Pay the Piper, our 2011 Pass the Book selection.

    Register online or call 410 880-5980. We look forward to seeing you in the crowd for the show!

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  • Kickoff Events for Pass the Book 2011

    teenreadweekWe’re looking forward to seeing you at our Pass the Book 2011 launch events. Celebrate Teen Read Week with us as we explore music and introduce some great books with beat:

    • Punk Rocks. Elkridge Branch, Monday October 18, 4pm

    Click the links to find out more. Register to attend these events to make sure that you’re one of the first readers in Howard County to launch Pass the Book 2011 with a copy of Pay the Piper by Jane Yolen and Adam Stemple.

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  • Battle of the Bands

    guitarDo you like live music? Would you like to close out Teen Read Week 2010 in style? Join us at the Glenwood Community Center on Friday October 22 at 7pm for Battle of the Bands. Listen to local bands as they compete for the title. The band with the most fans in attendance receives two hours of studio time with Omni1 productions. While you’re enjoying the show, pick up a copy of the new Pass the Book, Pay the Piper. The event is open to students ages 14-17.

    Co-Sponsored by the Gary J. Arthur Community Center and The Western Horizon Council.

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  • Punk Rocks!

    pet rockWe’re launching Pass the Book 2011 during this year’s musically-themed Teen Read Week. Join us Monday October 18 at 4pm at Elkridge Branch for Punk Rocks. Paint a pet rock, perhaps in the style of a musician or other performer, to fit the Teen Read Week 2010 theme – Books with Beat.

    While you’re waiting for your rock to dry, remember to pick up a copy of the new Pass the Book, Pay the Piper, to register, read and pass. Pass the Book 2011 is approaching, and we can’t wait to see where you send these books as you pass them across the country and around the world throughout the year.

    Register online, or call 410 313-5088 to sign up today!

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