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  • Karaoke Lounge

    karaokeAre you the next great chart-topping vocalist? Download those lyrics and practice your moves! Miller Branch are launching Pass the Book 2011 with a song.

    Be there at 7pm on Wednesday October 20 to sing along to your favorite tunes and pick up a specially-marked copy of our 2011 Pass the Book title, Pay the Piper. After your performance, remember to register, read and pass the book!

    Call 410 313-1950 for more details, or leave us a comment!

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  • Pass the Book Celebration

    pay the piperCelebrate the closing of the inaugural year of Pass the Book and the beginning of Pass the Book 2011 by joining us at the East Columbia Branch for a lock-in. Remember The Secret Hour 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. Fifty lucky readers will be the first to pick up a copy of the brand new 2011 Pass the Book, Pay the Piper. The event begins at 7pm and ends at 11pm. Please print and complete a permission slip in order to attend. Bring the completed permission slip with you on the night of the event.

    Register online to attend our celebration, or call 410.313.7700.

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  • Pass the Book 2011 – Pay the Piper by Jane Yolen and Adam Stemple

    passthebook-final11 copyBuilding on the success that we’ve had this year passing the book across the United States and around the world, we’re pleased to announce the second year of Howard County Library’s Pass the Book initiative. This year’s selected title is Pay the Piper by Jane Yolen and Adam Stemple. Beginning October 18, be on the lookout for specially marked copies of this book. When you find one:

    1. Register the book’s number at
    2. Read the book
    3. Pass the book to another friend who will register the book again.

    Return to the website throughout the year to track where these books have traveled, and to participate in online book discussions, quizzes and other activities. This year we have passed copies of The Secret Hour by Scott Westerfeld to China, England, Ireland, Kamchatka, and Norway, among other places, and we’re excited to see where Pay the Piper will travel in 2011.

    pay the piperPay the Piper tells the story of Callie McCallan, contributor to the school newspaper in Northampton, Massachusetts. When the band Brass Rat schedule a Halloween concert in Northampton, Callie is over the moon, and she’s even more excited  to attend the concert with a backstage pass so that she can interview Gringras, Alabas and the other band members. The musicians are beautiful, cool, and hypnotically engaging. Something isn’t right, though. They use words that seem old, even ancient, and they tell stories that harken back to an earlier time. Callie begins to wonder whether the group has a hidden agenda. What will Callie do when the time comes for her community to Pay the Piper? Visit Howard County Library or ask your school’s Media Specialist for a copy of the book beginning Monday October 18 2010.

    We’ll begin to release specially-marked copies of Pay the Piper during Teen Read Week, October 2010 at a series of events:

    • Pass the Book Lock-In. East Columbia Branch, Friday October 15, 7pm
    • Punk Rocks. Elkridge Branch, Monday October 18, 4pm
    • This Concert is No Picnic. Savage Branch, Tuesday October 19, 7pm
    • Karaoke Lounge. Miller Branch, Wednesday October 20, 7pm
    • Battle of the Bands. Gary J. Arthur Community Center, Friday October 22, 7pm

    Check back every day this week for more details about these events. We look forward to seeing you throughout Teen Read Week to launch Pass the Book 2011 in style!

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  • Pass the Book by the Numbers – Friday October 1, 2010

    alaskaAs October begins, and we get ever closer to kicking off Pass the Book 2011, we have some exciting Pass the Book news to report as pass the Book enters Alaska, the seventeenth state to play host to a Pass the Book book. Last week, book 604, a copy of Looking for Alaska by John Green sent to us by the Pass the Book team at Indiana Marion County Public Library, reappeared at Savage Branch after nine months of unregistered freedom out in the world. Thanks to our friends at the Alaska desk of the Pavilion of the States at the National Book Festival, book 604 has made up for lost time, traveling quickly from Laurel, MD to Anchorage, Alaska, a distance of 4320 road miles.  This is our second-longest pass, behind only book 484‘s first pass to China.

    Our book 604 is IMCPL’s book 0002, and this book becomes their 297th registration and the 3rd farthest book from Indiana, 3762 road miles away from its starting point. In other news closer to home, book 295 was registered for the fourth time in Hanover MD on September 19. Here are the details:

    295 Hanover, MD 21076, USA 9/19/2010 14:20
    604 Laurel, MD, USA 9/24/2010 15:12
    604 Anchorage, AK 99516, USA 9/30/2010 2:14
    • Books have been registered 322 times since we launched Pass the Book in October 2009.604_Alaska
    • 227 copies of The Secret Hour by Scott Westerfeld are being actively registered and passed.
    • Book 562 has been registered six times.
    • Book 446 has been registered five times.
    • Four books have been registered four times.
    • Sixteen books have been registered three times
    • Fifty-two books have been registered twice.

    We’re closing in on Teen Read Week 2010, the October 15 launch event for Pass the Book 2011 (for which you’ll need this permission slip), and the October 18 systemwide roll-out of our 2011 book selection. Check back next week for a new post every day providing details of Pass the Book 2011, and please continue to register, read and pass the book!

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