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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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  • 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: A Video Guide

    Watch as Howard County Library CEO Valerie Gross discusses Pass the Book on the January 2010 episode of Parent-Teacher Connection from Howard County Library Public Schools Television:

    Join in with Pass the Book! Visit your nearest branch of Howard County Library, and pick up a specially marked copy of The Secret Hour by Scott Westerfeld to read, register, and pass.

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  • Anatomy of a Book

    000_0027000_0031So how do you tell the difference between a Pass the Book copy of Scott Westerfeld‘s The Secret Hour, and a circulating library book? Great question! Take a look at the distinguishing characteristics of a book that you can read, register and pass. You’ll notice a numbered sticker in the top left corner of the cover, and a matching numbered book-plate on the inside front cover. The number is your book number (in this case #590,) and that’s the number you’ll use to register the book. The bookplate gives you some more information about how to participate in Pass the Book 2009.

    If you don’t see this bookplate & sticker, and if there’s a library barcode sticker in the top right corner on the back cover of the book, then you’re looking at a book from the library’s collection that you can check out, read and return, but probably shouldn’t pass!

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  • What if I Don’t See My Book on the Map?

    What if I don’t see my book on the map?

    Expand the map, then zoom in on the place where your marker should be.  Your maker may be covered by another marker in the same spot.  (If two book passers both register their book using the same location, the map will stack two markers on that location.  You may need to zoom in all the way to see if there are multiple markers.)

    Don’t forget to read, register, and pass!

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  • What Does a *Pass the Book* Book Look Like?

    Wondering if you have a specially marked copy of Scott Westerfeld’s The Secret Hour?  Pass the Book books have a circular label on the cover and instructions on the first page.  They look just like this:





    Don’t forget to read, track, and pass!

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  • Where Can I Get a *Pass the Book* Book?


    Where can you find a Pass the Book book?

    Pass the Book copies of The Secret Hour by Scott Westerfeld are available at any Howard County Library! (…while supplies last…)

    Look for a Pass the Book display like the one pictured here.

    After all of the books have started their journey, you can get one from a friend.

    If you receive a specially marked copy of The Secret Hour, don’t forget to read, track, and pass!

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