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post #1 of 22
Thread Starter 
I am going to sign up today for this- what fun!

BookCrossing
post #2 of 22
I'm joining!! I like the idea of leaving the book somewhere even though I prefer selling it to Half Price Books for a little money, but still I think this is cool....I'm joining! Thanks for posting this Hissy!
post #3 of 22
prob is my books are like my babies - I don't want to give them up!
post #4 of 22
I know what you mean - I have trouble parting with books, too. Ones I don't want to keep I often leave at school, to encourage the kids to read, especially if they're in English. I've seen the "Book Crossing" here, in our train station. Somebody sets up a few tables, and you can give or take whatever you want. It's great!
post #5 of 22
I don't have time to read it in depth right now, but I will check it out later. It looks like something I would really enjoy.

thanks for the heads up!
post #6 of 22
Very cool! Thanks!
post #7 of 22
Thanks for posting this Hissy, I definately have a ton of books that I no longer need. I also have quite a few books that I would never ever even think of parting with! LOL

Our local library is also looking for used books. They will take any book they can get a hold of. Unfortunately, most small town libraries are always looking for books to be donated as the monies provided to small town libraries is little next to none.

For those people on the site who have books, think about donating them to your local library. One day a child might thank you!

April
post #8 of 22
I just joined and found a large community in my town! This is pretty fun, to search for the book left behind by another reader and then to leave yours behind. I really like this idea, almost reminds me of Orange County movie, where he found the book at the beach that inspired him to become a writer. Well once hubby gets home I'm on the hunt to find one of them that sounds interesting. I think I have one book I could release. With me, I read books and then I'm finish, I usually don't have any interest in reading them again since I already know the ending, so this is great concept to give it away to another person, most of the time I can't afford books so this is pretty cool concept next to checking out books at the library!
If you click on the 'hunt' after you join, there are so many communities from all over the world, it's really amazing. It's also neat to see where people leave books, either at a park, or a favorite coffee shop or busstop, pretty neat! Paws up to this idea!! Thanks again Hissy! I also posted that I got the website idea from this website so maybe we'll have new members
post #9 of 22
That is a cool idea Hissy - I might join up and I found Asheville! Way cool!
post #10 of 22
Thread Starter 
When i was first learning how to scrim, I was doing my practice pieces on seashells. Then Mike and I would drive to the coast and I would leave the shells on the beach for people to find.

One shell I did had a whaling ship on it, and we placed it in the sand then went off some distance and casually looked that way. This elderly gentleman came along with his dog, bent over to pick up the shell, looked at it a couple of times and then hugged it to his chest and walked away. It was a pretty cool feeling to have given someone something like that. I did about 8 shells in the course of the year and I wonder sometimes where they all are now.

I hope that when I leave a book for someone to find, they treat it with the respect it deserves.
post #11 of 22
Well, I have joined up and have registered one book. This is such a great idea!

Hissy - what a nice gesture, I am sure it meant a lot to this man!
post #12 of 22
Oh hissy, thats such a sweet story.

This book thing is kind of like Wheres George. It is this site that stamped lots of one dollar bills with their site address and sent them back into circulation. You can register with them and see where your dollar has been. We have three dollars that we've registered and so far only one has been to the east coast. The others have stayed in Illinois.

I have lots of books and this thing sounds cool! But I, too, have a hitch when it comes to parting with my books, especially the series ones.
post #13 of 22
I was just thinking, I wonder if they have something like that for money!!! LOL!! Can you give me the link so that I can start doing that. I used to color all over the dollar bills, completely changing it's look, nicely done of course just to mark it as my signature. But I would like to do that, see where the dollars end up!
post #14 of 22
I found my first book!! it was kinda neat, going in the store only to look for the book which was placed behind organic rootbeer, which I may try now that I think about it. Well my son wants to eat it so I have to keep it away from him LOL! This one is The Hobbit, prelude to the LOTR, so I'll check it out
post #15 of 22
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Originally posted by hissy
When i was first learning how to scrim, I was doing my practice pieces on seashells. Then Mike and I would drive to the coast and I would leave the shells on the beach for people to find.

One shell I did had a whaling ship on it, and we placed it in the sand then went off some distance and casually looked that way. This elderly gentleman came along with his dog, bent over to pick up the shell, looked at it a couple of times and then hugged it to his chest and walked away. It was a pretty cool feeling to have given someone something like that. I did about 8 shells in the course of the year and I wonder sometimes where they all are now.

I hope that when I leave a book for someone to find, they treat it with the respect it deserves.
That is so unbelievably sweet! MA..you & Mike have such warm hearts!
post #16 of 22
Thread Starter 
AWWWW! Shell you have adopted Cleo! He does tend to wander, but not quite that far! LOL
post #17 of 22
There was just something about the wording & the picture of that banner that touched me.

Hope you don't mind me sharing Cleo?
post #18 of 22
and it's weird, the head librarian is very blase, but the other twopeople I spoke to were ecstatic. I brought in 'The DaVinci Code' which they didn't yet have a copy of, and the 2 other ones were delighted. The head librarian then introduced herself to me as I was leaving, which was even weirder. I guess she isnt too outgoing. She asked me if I worked for a publisher and I told her I just had a bad reading addiction lol.

One librarian had told me that they don't get a huge discount from publishers, usually around 40%, altho I dont know what the publisher mark-up is. Each branch gets a budget to order books, and it couldnt have been too great this year, since they almost wound up having to restrict their hours substantially because of city budget problems.
post #19 of 22
Sorry it so long Jellybelly! the link is www.wheresgeorge.com
post #20 of 22
Don't apologize I'll register in my dollars and see where they travelled

Lucia that was really nice of you, I don't think people are aware of donating books to the library, especially small ones or small town ones. You made those ladies day, probably the most exciting librarian discussion over their home-made eggsalad, tuna sandwiches
post #21 of 22
I did sign up for the book program and registered 2 books.
Now I'm trying to figure out where to put them. I figured I'd put a book in a ziplock bag and thought I saw a good location to leave one outside under quite a bit of ivy growth, but there was a cop abt 10 feet away, and I didn't want him to think I was planting a bomb lol. (Or take me to Bellevue Psych, which was just down the block lol.)

I live in a large apartment complex now. Where I lived before, in a small building on a fairly quiet street, I would leave stuff on a fence by the building (like clothes I didnt want anymore) and a lot of the time I think they were picked up by people who could use them.
I know a few young people who furnished half of their apartments by picking up stuff that other folks put out on the street. (They have a verb for it: trash-picking lol)
I can't do that here though.
post #22 of 22
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Originally posted by SkyKitty
Thanks for posting this Hissy, I definately have a ton of books that I no longer need. I also have quite a few books that I would never ever even think of parting with! LOL

Our local library is also looking for used books. They will take any book they can get a hold of. Unfortunately, most small town libraries are always looking for books to be donated as the monies provided to small town libraries is little next to none.

For those people on the site who have books, think about donating them to your local library. One day a child might thank you!

I grew up literally on the block where this library is, and have a strong emotional attachment to it, since reading was my refuge from a nutsy family when I was young. I brought them mostly hardcover books, and some paperbacks, but when I walked around the stacks later, I didnt see a fiction paperback section, which I thought they did have. They do hold book sales though, so they can always sell them. Even in NYC, every penny counts for the libraries. They get some money from a foundation that supports the library system, but they get most of the $$ from the city budget, and if it comes to cutting library spending or NYPD/FDNY funding, the library isn't going to be the winner.
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