"What really knocks me out is a book that, when you're all done reading it, you wish the author that wrote it was a terrific friend of yours and you could call him up on the phone whenever you felt like it."
Here is a copy of the letter that is being sent home to parents before students can participate in the project:
I would like to invite your son/daughter to take part in a new reading initiative called BookCrossing. The practice of BookCrossing involves leaving books in a public place to be picked up and read by others, who then do likewise. The books that are released into the public are given a unique identity via registration to the BookCrossing website and are tagged and labelled with an identification number. As the book is passed from reader to reader it can be tracked. There are places around the world called ‘Official BookCrossing Zones’ where books can be left directly for this scheme. There are official zones in Derby and Nottingham where books can be released, but books can also be left in various public places in the hope of someone finding them.
Having been a member of the scheme for four years, I enjoy passing on my passion for reading through a different medium and hope that your child will too. Participation will require your child to register to the website using an email address and create a user profile – all of which will be done in our first meeting. Please note that members have to be over thirteen years of age to register to the website. Fortnightly meetings will be held for students to discuss the books they have read, contribute to the book review forum and register books to pass on. The school will provide books for your child to read and release so they do not have to use their own.
If child would like to take part in the BookCrossing scheme please return the slip below.
The school year is over, so I thought I'd update you all on how my school club has gone!
We've had 8 dedicated students over the year who have regularly attended meetings and taken books to read and pass on. Their parents signed the permission slips to allow them to join the site, as agreed with my headteacher for child protection purposes. They have learnt how to label and register books and are now familiar with the website. They absolutely love it! I've also had staff join as they've popped their heads in my classroom to "see what you're upto", so overall I'm thrilled with the response I've had!
Many thanks to those who sent me books to get this off the ground - it was much appreciated!
We released 56 books today and only 4 were left over at the end of the event! The students have asked if we can have another give away in a few months, so I'll no doubt be asking you generous lot for some more donations! :)