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I first heard about Bookcrossing from an Australian couple I met on a cruise. We became friends on Facebook and they have recently been them posting about their attending the Athens convention. I know that they regularly meet with friends who also bookcross in their local area. Do most people belong to a local group? And if so, how do you find out about these groups? I am from the Chicago suburbs and would be interested in joining such a group. Thanks for your help! Pat

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I first heard about Bookcrossing from an Australian couple I met on a cruise. We became friends on Facebook and they have recently been them posting about their attending the Athens convention. I know that they regularly meet with friends who also bookcross in their local area. Do most people belong to a local group? And if so, how do you find out about these groups? I am from the Chicago suburbs and would be interested in joining such a group. Thanks for your help! Pat
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Hi, and welcome!

Not all BCers attend meetups, and some areas have more active meetings than others. Some groups use Meetup.com to organize the gatherings, others have used Yahoo groups, and some post in the Conventions and Meetings forum ( http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/22/ ).
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You could have a look at "browse members" ( http://www.bookcrossing.com/findmembers ) to see if there's other members in your area. If no meetings in your area its listed on the forum, you could plan one yourself. Maybe you'd like to send a message to the members in your area and ask of they're interested in taking part in a meeting.
A meeting can simply be to meet at a café or something like that, bring some books and talk about books, bookcrossing or whatever comes to mind. So the only thing you have to decide is where and when to meet. You can discuss this in a thread, so that those who are interested di that you can agree on a time and place that work for the most people.
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Thanks so much for your suggestions!
I checked the area that I live in and there are hundreds of members listed. I am very hopeful that I will be able to meet some of them at some point.
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Do most people belong to a local group?

I guess not. But there are many different ways to be a bookcrosser. Some meet up with other to exchange books. Some take part in bookrings. Some register all the books they can get and release tham in the wild. Some talk in the forum. Some never entered the forum. Some...
And if so, how do you find out about these groups? I am from the Chicago suburbs and would be interested in joining such a group.

I would write a note in the convention and meetup forum http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/22

Good Luck :-)
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How about creating a facebook group and inviting the people you discover on the website to join? There's a BookCrossers group but it only has 1000 members or so and I'm sure there are many more of us!
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I'm not on Facebook, but I think I read in the forums that there are several BookCrossing Facebook pages/groups.

ETA: Found one thread: http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/531601/

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