Wednesday, April 16, 2008

traveling books!

The most fun thing happened to me the other day. I was out walking Newton in the park close to our house and I spotted a plastic bag on one of the picnic tables. It looked like someone had left something there so I went over to see what it was. It was a plastic baggie - and inside was the book "Ramona Quimby, Age 8". It was a book registered with the website bookcrossing.com!



Basically the idea is to register books with a unique Book ID #, then release them "into the wild" as they call it, and then follow the book on it's journey, reading little journal entries along the way by the people that read it and place it somewhere else. Such a cute idea! My book was registered by Kira, from Mrs. Schatz' class in Olds, Alberta, Canada. It looks like I'm the first reader! I have no idea how it got from Alberta, Canada to a little picnic table around the corner from my house!



So over the past few days I've reread the book (I read it a million times when I was younger) and now I'm planning on where I should let it go. I'm thinking somewhere that maybe a high-school aged kid would find it, because maybe they also have great memories about Ramona Quimby -- but what if I get a high school kid that doesn't want to take the time to log the book and rerelease it? I think I'll leave it at the local Jamba Juice or Starbucks next time I'm there.

The website also has a cool "hunting" feature where you can locate books near you that have been released into the wild - so you can go and hunt for it and try to snag your own book to read and release. According to the hunting page, there are over 13,000 books in the US alone that have been released in the last 30 days and not yet been caught!

You can also register your own books you have sitting on your shelf, giving them a unique Book ID number and then releasing them into the wild. What a great idea for books you have sitting around collecting dust!

6 comments:

  1. I swear, the craziest things happen to you. So cool, I totally would do that I will have to look up that website and try to do my own book.

    I loved her books also as a kid, I should read them again.

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  2. Oh how cool! I think I've heard of this... sounds familiar, but now that I've read this, I'm so intrigued! I should release a few of my books that I've been going through, trying to pack and realizing that I have WAY too many books and should get rid of some.

    Oh, and I LOVED Ramona books too.

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  3. I was going to say the same thing as the pants family...the craziest things DO happen to you. That is the coolest thing. I haven't ever heard of it before. I want to find a traveling book. I am going to check out that website. What a fun book to reread. Have fun with the big DROP. Sounds so CIA-ish!

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  4. Funniest thing....I just read about this book-drop thingy in a magazing just last week! Sounds fun. I guess it's been around for awhile - I've just never known anyone who has done it. This article said that lots of people "drop" their books at airports, train depots, etc. It will be fun following your Ramona across the country. A suggestion: I'm wondering if Mrs. Adams' 3rd grade class would find this fun.....

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  5. What a cool and fun idea. I've gotten dollar bills with the whole "Where's George" thing but this is infinitely cooler. Except I have a hard time letting go of books. (Which is why I'm such a sucky library patron.)

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  6. that is so neat! my brother lives not that far from olds! how cool!

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