Howard County Library

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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