" A book is not only a friend, it makes friends for you. When you have possessed a book with mind and spirit,
you are enriched. But when you pass it on you are enriched threefold"
Henry Miller, 1969
Have you ever read a book that was so good that you wanted to share it with others? How many of you have read a book based upon the recommendations of a friend, or given a book as a gift? What about donating a book to a library or fundraiser?
Although this may sound like a book club, it's very different- actually it's like no other program. Well, a book crossing takes this premise a step further. This an entirely FREE program that has been compared to a modern-day "message in a bottle". Curious? Let's begin with a definition:
n. the practice of leaving a book in a public place to be picked up and read by others, who then do likewise.
(added to the Concise Oxford English Dictionary in August 2004)
Well, with this program what you can do is share a book that you have read, enjoyed and think others may like by placing a preprinted label inside the front cover. Then you'll go to the Book Crossing website and register the book. They'll give you a number to put on the label (and to keep for yourself). Next, you "set it free" by leaving it in a public place.
The idea is that the next person will pick up the book, read the note inside, and then the book. After they do this they too will continue the process. You can type that original number back in to the website and actually track where your book has traveled. As readers check in, they may also leave their thoughts and opinions about the book on the website. You can even find out where other people have left other books. These books have traveled to other towns, cities, states and even countries! Imagine the entire world as your library! Pretty cool, huh?
If this sounds interesting to you, talk to your folks about joining. I will have all the labels and information about the program, but if you would like a flyer about the program, click here
If you would like to visit the website for more information, or to register click here:
"If you love books, let them go!"