Reduce, Re-use, Recycle, Read and Release: The World is Your Library

Via Todd Mayville
on Nov 30, 2008
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Books are one of my favorite things in life, and a quick glance at the bookshelf… err, make that bookSHELVES… in my house reflect that… I have books in (almost) every room in my home, and each of them is overflowing.  I grew up with books; I always had a bookshelf in my bedroom as a kid, and I’ve consistently viewed reading as one of those unique pleasures that I just don’t get to do enough.  (Craigslisters take note: if you’re ever looking to get rid of a bookshelf, especially a bigger one, let me know… I somehow always seem to be looking for one.)  One of the coolest things to come along on the internet (at least for the serious bookworms among us) has got to be is the brainchild of Ron Hornbaker and was inspired by various other tracking sites on the ‘net, like  Launched in April of 2001, has (as of this date) over 728,000 registered members in over 130 countries.  The premise is simple: if you have a book that you just don’t like, have an extra copy of, or know you just won’t read again, then you just go to and register it (after you register yourself, of course… registration is free, by the way, for both you and the book[s]).  You’re given a Bookcrossing I.D. number for the book that you note in the book (usually on a label you can put on the inside cover), then go somewhere like a local coffee shop, and just let the book go (leave it there for someone else to find).  You note where it was released and when, then when someone else finds it, they can go and register where and when they found it; they read it, release it, and the cyle repeats itself.  You can follow the book’s adventures where ever it goes, adding to the fun.  There are forums on the site as well as conventions that take place from time to time in various locations.  As an educator, is a great way to get my students not only interested in reading, but in geography as well.  I’ve released a few books with more in the works; I’d love to hear about others’ experiences with Bookcrossing… anyone?


About Todd Mayville

Todd is a single dad of four diverse and lively kids, and is an English teacher and climbing team coach at a local public high school. A rock climber, cyclist and avid reader, Todd also practices yoga and meditation as often as he possibly can, which helps him stay at least a little centered and sane.


2 Responses to “ Reduce, Re-use, Recycle, Read and Release: The World is Your Library”

  1. Dani Moore says:

    I Love the fact that Bookcrossing just keeps growing! Having been an avid book reader all my life as well, I was so glad to find Bookcrossing that I now manage 2 Official Bookcrossing Zones in my home town. One is at the Public Library another is at an Espresso Bar. So many people are releived to have somewhere to send their “left over” books rather than throw them away(Gasp!) or send to a paper recycler. I often get books in the mail from members all over the world! Bookcrossers are very generous people as well.
    I so love seeing people discover that the books are Free! It often makes their day.
    You should try it.

  2. Bookcrossing is awesome!! I definitely include finding my first book in the wild as one of the best things thats happened in my life so far! There are so many awesome bookcrossers, and I don’t know what I used to read before BC, now that I have a huge stack (known as Mt. To Be Read) of books!