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  • An Equatorial Challenge

    equatorPass the Book copies of The Secret Hour by Scott Westerfeld now span the globe, from Kamchatka and China to Anchorage, Alaska. Here’s the thing, though. We have yet to send a book to the Southern Hemisphere.

    Do you have family in southern Africa? Is your best friend in Australia or New Zealand? Can you pass a copy of Pay the Piper by Jane Yolen and Adam Stemple to Bolivia, Chile, Argentina, Uruguay, Paraguay or Ecuador? Do you know a research scientist working in Antarctica? Will your book be the first Pass the Book copy to cross the equator heading south? We’ll be watching!

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  • Where can I get a Pass the Book copy of Pay the Piper?

    passthebook-final11 copyPass the Book 2011 starts today! Our specially-marked copies of Pay the Piper by Jane Yolen and Adam Stemple are now available.

    Would you like to register, read and pass the book? Look for the Pass the Book display and ask for a copy at your nearest branch of Howard County Library, or check in with the media specialist at your school, who has copies of the book to share.

    Remember, our goal is to follow these books across the country and around the world, so register, read and pass the book. Check back here for challenges, trivia games, and our weekly by the numbers reports. We can’t wait to see where you’ll pass the book!

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  • Pass the Book 2009-10 Review


    Thanks to Scott Westerfeld, who made time in his schedule at the Baltimore Book Festival to answer our questions & help us wrap up Pass the Book’s inaugural year! Keep visiting to track Pass the Book 2011 by the numbers.

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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.

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    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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  • What does the 2011 *Pass the Book* book look like?

    That’s a great question. Here are some handy hints to let you know that your book is a Pass the Book copy of Pay the Piper by Jane Yolen and Adam Stemple.

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    Front Cover Instruction Plate Graffiti Plate

    1. On the front cover, you’ll see a starburst Pass the Book sticker, and an orange sticker with the book number on it.

    2. Inside the front cover, you’ll find this year’s instruction sheet, with the website address, encouraging you to register your copy of the book here at hclibrary.org/passthebook/, to read it, and to pass it on to another reader.

    3. Inside the back cover you’ll find our all-new for 2011 graffiti page. Write a brief message for the folks who will see your book after you.

    We can’t wait to see where you’ll send copies of Pay the Piper by Jane Yolen and Adam Stemple, our 2011 Pass the Book selection.

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  • The Travels of The Secret Hour

    secret hour coverAs we begin to think about Pass the Book 2011, and the future travels of Pay the Piper by Jane Yolen and Adam Stemple, let’s remember that there’s already a book out in the world!

    Since October 19, 2009, you’ve registered 323 copies of The Secret Hour by Scott Westerfeld in seventeen U.S. states and seven countries. Nice work! Thanks to your creative thinking, persistence, and interest in encouraging other people to read this great book, you’ve passed copies to  Canada, The United Kingdom, China, Norway, the Republic of Ireland, Russia and of course the United States, where books were registered in Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, D.C, Delaware, Iowa, Kansas, Maryland, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Utah, Virginia, and Washington. Take a look at our expanded map to see where those books are now.

    Lots of our books traveled thousands of miles, some in a single pass. Take a look:

    • Book #562 traveled 3700 miles, visiting six readers in five states.
    • Book #183 traveled 3630 miles in a single pass, to Harpenden, Herts, U.K.
    • Book #585 traveled to Exeter, Devon, England, 3520 miles away
    • Book #542 was passed from Laurel, MD to San Francisco, CA, a distance of 2818 miles.
    • Book #207 made the leap to Elma, WA, 2831 miles from its starting point in Elkridge.
    • Books #101 and #130 traveled 2600 miles from Columbia, MD, to Torrance and Laguna Beach, CA.

    pay the piperYou also responded to our summer vacation-themed longest pass contest, achieving some spectacular results:

    • Book 484 traveled 3000 miles from Henan, China to Kamchatka in Russia.
    • Book 441 was passed 3368 miles from Ellicott City to Dublin, in the Republic of Ireland.
    • Book 144 was sent 3670 miles from Columbia, MD to Bergen, Norway.

    These are just our long-distance highlights. Closer to home, all across Howard County, you and your classmates passed this book among yourselves, read it and enjoyed it enough to recommend that a friend take the book and register it too. Congratulations to everyone who read, registered and passed the book this year. We”ll continue to track copies of The Secret Hour as they travel across the country and around the world, and to report on the travels of those books in our weekly by the numbers posts. Check back every Friday for the update as we expand Pass the Book to include Pay the Piper by Jane Yolen and Adam Stemple!

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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 hclibrary.org/passthebook/
    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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