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You have arrived at the BCinDC website, where you can choose your own BookCrossing journey! What would you like to do?

  1. Find out more about the local BCinDC meetup group
  2. Learn about the 2011 Convention in Washington, D.C.
  3. Contact BCinDC

2018 BCinDC Meetup Schedule

BCinDC meets the third weekend of the month, alternating between Virginia and Maryland and between Saturdays (odd months) and Sundays (even months) with special events taken into consideration.

Saturday, January 20: Rockville, MD

Sunday, February 18: Alexandria, VA (Becky’s Memorial Release Walk)

Saturday, March 17: Springfield, VA (OBCZ at location)

Sunday, April 22: Kensington, MD (Kensington Day of the Book Festival)

Saturday, May 19: Gaithersburg, MD (Gaithersburg Book Festival)

Sunday, June 17: Fairfax, VA

Saturday, July 21: Wheaton/Silver Spring, MD

Sunday, August 19: Alexandria, VA

Saturday, September 1: Washington Convention Center, DC (National Book Festival)

Saturday, September 15: TENTATIVE DC Zoo release walk (You’re Such an Animal Challenge)

Sunday, October 21: VA location TBA (possible FURBALL Halloween-themed release walk?)

Saturday, November 3: Westminster, MD (MaryZee Memorial Meetup at Birdies Cafe)

Sunday, December 16: VA location TBA (possibly authorauthor’s house; Holiday Party)

To attend any of our events, please join our Yahoo Group: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/BC_DC/ The group is where you’ll find information about each meeting such as time and specific location. We love meeting new book-loving friends, but please be aware that you will leave a BCinDC meeting with more books than you brought. Everyone does. We don’t understand how that happens! :-)

Meetup: Old Post Office Pavilion

BookCrossers met on June 23, 2013 at the Old Post Office Pavilion for the monthly BCinDC meetup. Once we determined how to go around the Barbecue Battle and found the correct door to use to get inside, we swapped books, chatted, and ate at the food court. The Ben & Jerry’s especially seemed to call to us (as did the books). A few bookrings for books by authors at several conventions began as well.

Afterward, we took a trip up the tower to see the bells and the view of the city.

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BookCrossers in attendance were: FURBALL, Ixion, KateKintail, krin511, nat4lee, SqueakyChu, 6of8. It was wonderful to meet 6of8’s good friend who happened to be in town and came to say hello.

Book Festival: Gaithersburg

On May 18, 2013, BCinDC had a great showing at the Gaithersburg Book Festival in Maryland. At our table, we gave away at least 1,750 books and–for the first time ever–the last few books on our table were taken home by a festival-goer, leaving the tables empty at the end of the day!


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BookCrossers in attendance: crrcookie, FURBALL, Ixion, KateKintail, lilgrovers, melydia, MomOyster, Nat4Lee, ResQGeek, 6of8, and SqueakyChu. Derwoodsman also stopped by to say hello and drop off some books at the table.

After the festival, most of us headed to Zio’s for pizza, a tradition of ours.

Mail from Afar!

BCinDC received some mail today from the BookCrossing Convention last month! Some warm wishes and friendly “faces” in the form of usernames. Check them out (click for larger versions):

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The most magical thing about these postcards arriving is that one made it to us without postage!

World Book Night 2013

A handful of BookCrossers assembled at the Franconia-Springfield Metro station on Shakespeare’s birthday (April 23) to give books out on World Book Night. The idea is to pass books out to people who don’t read much or at all in hopes of introducing them to the joy of reading! That’s definitely something we can get behind.

Luck was on our side: we each had a different book (and some different types/genres for people to choose from) and just as two of us ran out of books, another two of us arrived with their books as reinforcements. We gave away all 100 books in a little less than 2 hours. We also managed to attract the notice of security officers who asked us kindly to leave the covered areas of the station, which we did immediately and positioned our giveaway far enough away.

We developed quick catch phrases to sell our books. “It’s a classic!” or “It’s a movie with Brad Pitt!” or “Very funny!” or “Better than Twilight!”

Our group of dedicated book-givers!

Our group of dedicated book-givers!

KateKintail with one of her books.

KateKintail with one of her books.

Giving out the last book of the night!

Giving out the last book of the night!

The books we gave away were:

  • Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
  • Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game by Michael Lewis
  • Looking for Alaska by John Green
  • The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
  • Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett