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Wednesday, December 18, 2013

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The Traveling Book Project

We at the Lone Book Club had lunch one day with the goal to come up with new and exciting ways to spread interest in our blog and, more importantly, interest in reading. A few margaritas, side topics, and fits of laughter later, we came up with something. Something good.

We would like to present to you "The Lone Book Club's Traveling Book Project." We're really excited about it and hope everyone else will be too.  Here's how it works...

The four of us selected a book that we thought was accessible, relevant, and, above all, important to read. We decided on The Giver by Louis Lowry. We then went out and bought four copies, one for each of us, and now we are going to lose them. That's right, lose them. Maybe we'll lose it in a coffee shop, on a bus, in a park, who knows! The important thing is that we will leave this book behind without a word, and then someone will find it. 

When they do, they will see that it is no ordinary lost book, but one that was meant to be lost and then found. Inside will be a set of instructions encouraging the finder to read the book, email LBC telling us where they found it, take a photo of themselves with the book, and tell us what they thought of it. After that, they are to lose it for a new potential reader to find.

Our ultimate goal is to be able to track these four books as they pass from one person to another spreading the joy of reading and the message inside this great book around the country. If it works, we hope to post a map tracking their course. 

It may work, or it may not. Maybe no one will find the book, maybe they'll throw it away, maybe they'll never read it or never pass it on, but we are willing to give it a try. It's our social experiment and maybe it will turn into something beautiful.

So if you happen upon a not-so-ordinary copy of The Giver on a park bench or cafeteria table read it, enjoy it, and then share the joy with the world.

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