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Pass the Book by the Numbers – February 25, 2011

There were four registrations this week. Book 1193 was registered in both Laurel, MD and Spanish Fork, UT, and passed 1845 miles between the two places. Book 1193 is the first copy of Pay the Piper registered in Utah, and our second Pass the Book registration in the Beehive State. Copy 562 of The Secret Hour was registered in Riverton, UT back in December 2009.

In local news this week, book 1173 and book 768 were both registered in Laurel for the first time.

1173 Laurel, MD 20723, USA 02/18/11 02:48 AM
768 Laurel, MD 20723, USA 02/20/11 07:07 PM
1193 Laurel, MD, USA 02/22/11 04:35 AM
1193 Spanish Fork, UT, USA 02/22/11 04:37 AM

There are now copies of Pay the Piper in eight states:  Kansas, Maryland, Michigan, New York, Nevada, Pennsylvania, Utah and Virginia. Here’s a look at our table of totals:

- Secret Hour Pay the Piper Total
Active Copies 235 120 355
Number of Passes 337 141 478
Passed Twice 59 16 75
Passed Three Times 17 3 20
Passed Four Times 4 2 – Book 1073 Book 1158 6
Passed Five Times 1 – Book 446 - -
Passed Six Times 1 – Book 562 - -
Participating States 17 8 -
Participating Countries 7 4 -

We’re closing in on 150 passes of Pay the Piper, and 500 total passes. Where will you pass the book? Pick up a specially-marked copy of Pay the Piper from the closest branch of Howard County Library today.

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Pass the Book by the Numbers – February 18, 2011

Five books were registered this week, including a fourth registration for book 1158, which was passed this week from Wichita, Kansas to Henderson, Nevada, just outside Las Vegas. Book 1158 has now traveled 2310 miles, and made four stops in four different states. Nevada is the sixth state to host a copy of Pay the Piper. In other news, book 658 was registered in Columbia, MD for the second time this week, and three books were registered for the first time, including book 20 and book 495, two copies of The Secret Hour.

708 Aberdeen, MD, USA 2/11/2011 14:01
1158 Henderson, NV, USA 2/12/2011 18:38
658 Columbia, MD 21046, USA 2/15/2011 17:27
495 Ellicott City, MD, USA 2/15/2011 18:25
20 Ellicott City, MD, USA 2/17/2011 18:39

Here are the latest totals for Pass the Book, now including a count of participating states and participating countries:

- Secret Hour Pay the Piper Total
Active Copies 235 117 352
Number of Passes 337 137 474
Passed Twice 59 15 74
Passed Three Times 17 3 20
Passed Four Times 4 2 – Book 1073

Book 1158

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Passed Five Times 1 – Book 446 - -
Passed Six Times 1 – Book 562 - -
Participating States 17 7 -
Participating Countries 7 4 -

Check in next week for more information about Pass the Book, and remember to register, read and pass the book! We’re only 26 passes away from pass number 500!

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Pass the Book by the Numbers – February 11, 2011

Another week, another note-worthy pass for book 1158, which is now in Wichita, Kansas after stops in West Point, NY and Columbia, MD. Book 1158 has traveled 1327 miles, and is the twentieth book to be registered three times.

Two other books were registered for the first time this week: Book 658 was registered in Columbia, and book 877 popped up for the first time in downtown Baltimore close to the B & O railroad museum.

1158 Wichita, KS, USA 02/04/11 07:21 PM
658 Columbia, MD 21044, USA 02/04/11 09:07 PM
877 Baltimore, MD 21230, USA 02/08/11 04:53 AM

Here are updated totals for this week:

Secret Hour Pay the Piper Total
Active Copies 233 115 348
Number of Passes 335 134 469
Passed Twice 59 14 73
Passed Three Times 17 3 20
Passed Four Times 4 1 – Book 1073 5
Passed Five Times 1 – Book 446
Passed Six Times 1 – Book 562

Do you have a specially-marked copy of Pay the Piper? Do you have friends or family far away? Why not pass the book this week!

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Pass the Book by the Numbers – February 4, 2011

We’re pleased to report another international pass for Pay the Piper. February opened with book 1117, first registered in Jessup, MD  in November 2010, landing in Petworth, West Sussex, U.K., to the south-west of London. Book 1117 has traveled 3640 miles across the Atlantic, and has been registered twice.

Book 1117 is the first copy of Pay the Piper registered in England. Three copies of The Secret Hour (books 183, 468 and 585) were registered there last year. Book 468 was registered there twice.

Also this week, book 1158 has traveled 215 miles back from West Point NY to Columbia, MD.

1158 Columbia, MD, USA 01/29/11 01:36 PM
1117 Graffham, Petworth, West Sussex, UK 02/01/11 05:26 PM

Here are the cumulative totals for Pass the Book:

Secret Hour Pay the Piper Total
Active Copies 233 113 346
Number of Passes 335 131 466
Passed Twice 59 14 73
Passed Three Times 17 2 19
Passed Four Times 4 1 – Book 1073 5
Passed Five Times 1 – Book 446
Passed Six Times 1 – Book 562

Ask at your library for a copy of Pay the Piper, then register, read and pass the book!

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Gold Records & Grammys

Create a gold record to hang on your wall, predict Grammy winners for a chance at a prize, and pick up a copy of the 2011 Pass the Book, Pay the Piper. Wear something to paint in, and bring a photo or other image for your album cover.

Wednesday February 9, 4.30pm, Elkridge Branch.

Register for this event.

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Pass the Book by the Numbers – January 28, 2011

Another week, another state! Thanks to a long-time friend of Pass the Book who helped us out with book 562 last year, book 1158 was registered this week in West Point, New York, 215 miles from Columbia, MD.

1158 West Point, NY, USA 1/23/2011 23:30

Within the United States there are now copies of Pay the Piper in Maryland, Michigan, New York, Pennsylvania and Virginia. Internationally there are books in Australia, India and Japan. Here are our current totals:

Secret Hour Pay the Piper Total
Active Copies 233 113 346
Number of Passes 335 129 464
Passed Twice 59 12 71
Passed Three Times 17 2 19
Passed Four Times 4 1 – Book 1073 5
Passed Five Times 1 – Book 446
Passed Six Times 1 – Book 562

If you have a specially-marked Pass the Book copy of Pay the Piper, the time is right to pass it on. If you would like to get a copy, visit your nearest branch of Howard County Library, or talk to the media specialist at your Howard County school, then register, read and pass!

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Pass the Book by the Numbers – January 21, 2011

Book 941 was passed up I-270 from Clarksburg to Frederick this week, and registered for the second time.

941 Frederick, MD, USA 2011-01-18 23:00:26

Here are the totals for this week. We’ve registered 112 copies and logged 128 passes since October:

Secret Hour Pay the Piper Total
Active Copies 233 112 345
Number of Passes 335 128 463
Passed Twice 59 12 71
Passed Three Times 17 2 19
Passed Four Times 4 1 – Book 1073 5
Passed Five Times 1 – Book 446
Passed Six Times 1 – Book 562

Remember to register, read and pass the book! Ask for a book at your closest branch of Howard County Library, or check with the media specialist at your Howard County Public School!

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Pass the Book by the Numbers – January 14, 2011

We recorded another out-of-state pass this week, with another long-lost copy of The Secret Hour! Book 199, a copy first registered in Columbia, MD on June 17, 2010, was passed to Summerville, South Carolina on January 11. The book traveled 466 miles and is now located just to the north-west of Charleston. This is the second copy of The Secret Hour that has been passed to South Carolina. Book 54 was registered there on November 23, 2009, before being passed back to Maryland and on to Canada.

In local news, book 691 was registered in Ellicott City for the first time. Here is the update for this week:

199 Summerville, SC, USA 2011-01-11 01:09:47
691 Ellicott City, MD, USA 2011-01-12 02:36:43

Our totals continue to rise with each week of new registrations and passes. 345 different books have now been registered a total of 462 times. We’re getting closer to our 500th registration!

Secret Hour Pay the Piper Total
Active Copies 233 112 345
Number of Passes 335 127 462
Passed Twice 59 12 71
Passed Three Times 17 2 19
Passed Four Times 4 1 – Book 1073 5
Passed Five Times 1 – Book 446
Passed Six Times 1 – Book 562

Keep registering, reading and passing the book!

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Pass the Book by the Numbers – January 7, 2011

After book 1073 crossed the Pacific to Japan last week, Pass the Book has entered 2011 with another exciting international registration! On New Year’s Eve book 31, a copy of The Secret Hour first registered in Highland, MD in November 2009, found a second reader 4000 miles away in Ramstein-Miesenbach, Germany. We also added another state to our list this week as book 627 was registered for the second time, in Altoona, Pennsylvania, 170 miles away from Ellicott City. Here are the details:

31 Ramstein-Miesenbach, Germany 12/31/10 12:34 PM
1045 Ellicott City, MD, USA 01/03/11 11:45 PM
627 Altoona, PA, USA 01/05/11 06:30 PM

There are now copies of Pay the Piper in Maryland, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Virginia. Internationally, Pass the Book is spreading around the world. Germany joins Canada, The United Kingdom, China, Norway, the Republic of Ireland and Russia on the list of countries playing host to a copy of The Secret Hour, and there are copies of Pay the Piper in Australia, India and Japan. Our totals are climbing steadily as copies of The Secret Hour and Pay the Piper are registered in some interesting places.

Secret Hour Pay the Piper Total
Active Copies 233 111 344
Number of Passes 334 126 460
Passed Twice 58 12 70
Passed Three Times 17 2 19
Passed Four Times 4 1 – Book 1073 5
Passed Five Times 1 – Book 446
Passed Six Times 1 – Book 562

Congratulations to everyone who has registered, read and passed the book. Copies are still available at your nearest branch of Howard County Library. Collect one today!

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