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May 11, 2006
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In The News

Here is just a smattering of some of the news featuring BookCrossing recently:

Library Uses BookCrossing to Help Make the World a Library

Read and Release at Libraries have always been the place to share books but now staff at Blackburn and Darwen Library and Information Service is taking this idea one step further as the borough’s libraries become official BookCrossing zones. Blackburn and Darwen is also encouraging their patrons to make the whole world a Library by recycling books for Greenweek 2006. Blackburn Museum and Art Gallery is also joining in the fun with a special place to swap books. And for Greenweek 2006, starting on May 13, Victoria Court in The Mall, Blackburn is also providing space to pick up recycled books. You can visit the Library's BookCrossing shelf here.

Creativity Corner

Look what member elewa did! Not only did she knit up an adorable Ballycumber, but she sent him on a book releasing adventure. See the full set of photos here.

We're also incredibly impressed with HotRodPizzaCo, who found a very cool way to support two really neat causes, BookCrossing and National Public Radio, by sponsoring 10-second ads on the local NPR station during the broadcast of Prairie Home Companion. So, if you're in Riverside, California, be sure to stop in Hot Rod Pizza, where you'll find a BookCrossing OBCZ, good food and creative folks. (And keep an ear out for those ads if you're in the listening area. They're running May through February!)

Both elwa and HodRodPizzaCo received wings for a month for their great ideas. Any time you stumble upon great ideas of BookCrossing creativity, send us a note via the feedback link under contact us.

How Does Your Bookshelf Grow? Announcing Tending Our Garden -- Our Newest BookPlate

A book is like a garden carried in the pocket. ~Chinese Proverb

Let your books show off your love of literature and of gardening and all that blossoms with our 15th edition Tending Our Garden bookplate by Leticia Plate. Click on over to our Supply Store, where you can order this beautiful plate today. We still have limited stock of earlier edition labels as well. Every purchase and donation you make at the store directly supports the BookCrossing movement, helping to cover costs for the hardware, software, bandwidth, and of course humans to keep the site and database running smoothly. Help support BookCrossing by making a purchase of one or more Release Kits — or perhaps just a pack of Bookmarks, Bookplate Labels or Sticky Notes. Grow for it!

And just to make it a little easier for your garden of books to grow, we've increased the number of wings that can be awarded with a group order at the Store. Click here for full details.

Drum Roll Please: The Race to Three Million Won By...

Congratulations to Kbud who registered The English: A Portrait of a People. This lovely book was the 3,000,000th book registered on BookCrossing! Considering how many British members have joined this year, no doubt due to the antics and actions of our loyal members on that side of the pond and the fabulous BBC coverage, it's only fitting that the English should be part of the title that tipped us over into the Race to 4 Million! And Kbud? Wings for a month for you on us!

Italian National Meetup in Viareggio

From June 2 through June 4, sunny and beloved Toscana will be home to the 2006 Italian National Meet Up. The event takes place in Viareggio, a well-known seaside resort in Tuscany. BookCrossers from all around Italy (plus some nearby foreign guests) are going to gather together to make new friends, enjoy old friends and spread the word about BookCrossing. If you are interested in learning more about this wonderful event, click on over to this forum thread where the whole programme is listed in detail. Many thanks to lisolachenonce for providing details of this great opportunity to read and release, Italian style!


Watching the Anonymous Finders
by Carolyn Salter (cnfotp)

A bulky man approaches
and slows as he nears.
He looks at it curiously
before sitting down
at a respectable distance.
Aloof and afar,
he looks like the book's
personal bodyguard.

[read it all at]

Spring Northamptonshire Meet up in Salcey Forest
by weebly

Today was most definitely Spring in Salcey Forest. I picked up VeganBob at Northampton station and we chatted all the way to Salcey Forest. Korky and Herrgirl were there when we arrived at 12.30, complete with a pile of books on the table. Patchworkperson soon arrived, followed by caffcaff with BigBoss and Tigzz (a welcome surprise that the whole BC-ing family came), rahar109, Gembear (and Mr Gembear) and droggie and angellica with her son liverpoolfan and 2 other non BC-ing family members arrived too. We all grabbed some delicious lunch and drinks from the cafe. At about 1.30 the rest of the weebles arrived - that is BC-Widow, Weebly-boy, WeeblyGirl, Sandysgrandy and Sandysgranny....

[read it all at]

The Irish lend a helping hand!
by Amberkatze

I talked about it, thought about it and even had an idea where to open it. However, finding the time was hard. And then, just before Easter, I finally did it! A new OBCZ in Vienna was born in Flanagans Irish Pub!...

[read it all at]

All of the details I could think of - gathered in one place.
by TexasWren

The Supply Store is not only a wonderful source for BC-related items, but a primary source of revenue for the site. If you haven't visited the store yet, you are in for a treat. You can find gorgeous labels and other release supplies, t-shirts, caps, several types of rubber stamps, notepads, postcards, earrings, backpacks -- and the list goes on and on! There are lots of great things to enhance your BC experience, and each order earns wings for 30 days. Consider this article a little “How To” regarding the Supply Store, and how best to get flying on BookCrossing!...

[read it all at]

BookCrosser JimOnTheRadio nominated for 'Radio BAFTA'
by YokoSpungeon

On Monday, 8 May, the 2006 Sony Radio Academy Awards, the UK's most prestigious radio accolades, were held at the Grosvenor House Hotel, Park Lane, London. Everyone who is anyone in radio broadcasting gathered together in the Great Hall at a glittering gala ceremony and reception dinner. Amongst the nominees was a radio presenter very dear to the hearts of BookCrossers all over the world – Jim Hawkins of BBC Radio Shropshire, who was nominated in the category ‘Speech Broadcaster of the Year’....

[read it all at]


Want to write for BookCrossing? If your article is accepted, you could see it featured here in the next newsletter. What topics do we need? Anything about books, reading, or BookCrossing — tutorials, release and catch stories, well-traveled book stories, funny BookCrossing experience stories — you get the idea. Write it up, then submit it here:


Top 10 Countries All-Time
USA 207,312 (45%)
UNITED KINGDOM 45,239 (10%)
CANADA 32,566 (7%)
GERMANY 30,670 (7%)
SPAIN 23,573 (5%)
AUSTRALIA 20,793 (4%)
ITALY 15,024 (3%)
FRANCE 9,718 (2%)
NETHERLANDS 6,946 (1%)
PORTUGAL 6,468 (1%)

Top 10 Countries Last Week
USA 523 (32%)
GERMANY 98 (6%)
CANADA 88 (5%)
SPAIN 87 (5%)
FRANCE 58 (4%)
ITALY 51 (3%)


Wild books released by our members are being caught all over the world, every day! Our site watch forum is where members post news of great wild book catches. Here are some of the best from the last few days...

Almost 2 years later...has it been in the same resturaunt all this time??

by zizzr

"I was filing my divorce papers when I saw the book" at the courthouse

I saw this in the "recently caught" sidebar and thought it might have been released for eggiweg's "Chef's Challenge," but no. ..
by editorgrrl

Rescued from the lost and found!
by IrishBookFan

Longtime catch
Empire Falls turns up after 3 years, 9 months. Congrats to Kelpweaver!
by MaryZee

"lost it in my car" - another long-missing release checks in!
This one was a book I'd had to rescue from a trash can, so I'm doubly glad to see it turn up safe:

Maybe we need to add "check the trunk of your car" to the list of ways to find BC books {wry grin}.
by GoryDetails

AF with a great sense of humor
by sha

What happens when a Bookcrosser from Switzerland..
..releases an American novel on a bridge in Ireland?

Good things, according to this anonymous finder!

by Trekwoman

Halfway round the world in three months!
And 2 new members.

by pumpkin-head

Great Journal Entries from Kids!
by KarenZero

3 years +

Quite a trip for this book from Lancaster, Pennsylvania to the British Virgin Islands. Nice catch for Katznbooks.
by MaryZee

This book survived 10 weeks on a mountain - in the snow/rain/sleet/hail...
I'm really glad to hear from this book again, since it was such a dreadful day (weather-wise) when I released it. The driving snow made it difficult to find the summit and we had to navigate with map and compass. It was so windy on the top I could barely stand and I suffered great pain in my hands due to the cold- despite thick gloves.
by swan-scot

One of my White House releases checks in
by ResQgeek

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