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If there's an existing bookshelf, I'd say sure - and a waiting area such as a laundry room would also seem like a good release spot, unless there's no place to leave the books where they wouldn't be in the way of the normal use of the space. [If the only surface is the laundry-sorting table, I wouldn't leave books there, but if there's an end table or magazine rack or even a window ledge, that might do.]

I do recall concerns about National Park releases, especially if the books were left lying around in places where they'd detract from the experience; a book-in-a-bag might be a delightful surprise to many people, but if it can be seen halfway across a Civil War battlefield it might just look like litter. If in doubt, definitely ask the park staff - maybe they know of swap-shelves that could use some books. Leaving books at the nearest bus stop to the site might be good; parking lots, too.

If the park includes hiking trails, see if there are huts for hikers; those may very well have book-swap shelves, and even if you don't want to hike up there yourself, you might find a ranger - or other park visitor - who's willing to schlep the books up there.

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I am into tent camping at state parks (usually at Louisiana State Parks and Mississippi State Parks). I notice in the laundry room, they have tables for people to fold there clothes. I am thinking that the next time I go tent camping at a state park, I will bring a few books to leave in the laundry room. Is this a good ideal?

If I remember correctly, either Bogue Chitto State Park in Franklinton, Louisiana or Percy Quin State Park in McComb, Mississippi actually had a shelve in the laundry room were you could trade books (the sign said "take a book, leave a book).
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I have left books in National Parks in Australia, but outside in a protective sealed plastic bag. I also usually leave it in the shade as our sun here in summer can be strong and yellow paper. Examples:
This one I left outside an information centre:
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/11763720/
At a lookout in a forest:
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/11741079/
By a stream in a park:
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/11932820/
At a lookout:
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/11765163/

I leave it where enough people will find it.
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telling us in the forums that it is illegal in National Parks, but that was a long time ago, and I'm not 100% sure of the rules.
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If there's an existing bookshelf, I'd say sure - and a waiting area such as a laundry room would also seem like a good release spot, unless there's no place to leave the books where they wouldn't be in the way of the normal use of the space. [If the only surface is the laundry-sorting table, I wouldn't leave books there, but if there's an end table or magazine rack or even a window ledge, that might do.]

I do recall concerns about National Park releases, especially if the books were left lying around in places where they'd detract from the experience; a book-in-a-bag might be a delightful surprise to many people, but if it can be seen halfway across a Civil War battlefield it might just look like litter. If in doubt, definitely ask the park staff - maybe they know of swap-shelves that could use some books. Leaving books at the nearest bus stop to the site might be good; parking lots, too.

If the park includes hiking trails, see if there are huts for hikers; those may very well have book-swap shelves, and even if you don't want to hike up there yourself, you might find a ranger - or other park visitor - who's willing to schlep the books up there.
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Another possibility is leaving books at the information desk where you enter the park or campgrounds. I would ask the park rangers if it's okay. If they have room, they might let you put it on the info desk or near the maps.
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I've left lots of books in parks both in Canada and the US. I've never had any complaints about it and quite often I have had catches. I think people are actually more open to the experience of finding a book if they are on vacation.

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