Howard County Library

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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