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2nd Annual Becky’s Hugs Release Challenge (Feb. 2012)

ResQgeek is hosting the 2nd annual release challenge in honor of his daughter, Becky. Find details about this year’s release challenge over at the BookCrossing Release Challenge Forum.

You can now get a link to buy labels or download & print your own labels for your books by visiting our Remembering Becky page.

And be sure to visit for the Becky’s Hugs Facebook page.

Article in Street Sense

Street Sense, a Washington, D.C.-based biweekly street newspaper, featured an article about BookCrossing and BCinDC in the April 27, 2011 issue. Check out the great article here: Not All Those Who Wander Are Lost

T-shirts, Magic Catch Dust, and Thank Yous– oh my!

There are some t-shirts leftover after the convention that need good homes. Supplies, sizes, and colors are limited so it’s first-come, first-served. Check out the Convention Merchandise section of the How to Help page for a list of the shirts and sweatshirts available and how to order one (or more). If you already paid for a shirt but yours was one of the few in the original order that was missing, we’ll be contacting you (if we haven’t already) about sending you your shirt. The shirts only just arrived.

It’s been exactly one month since we last updated the convention fundraising meter and can officially report that, with your generous assistance, we made it to 84.4% by the end of the convention. We want to extend our gratitude to all of our amazingly generous Convention Sponsors who helped us out of serious debt. Thank you to everyone who registered for the convention, purchased extra Bally Bucks or apparel, participated in the hair dyeing fundraiser, or donated any amount. If you’d still like to donate, you’ll still get listed on our Thank You page. All money raised from this point forward will go toward the difference the fundraisers had to pay out of their pockets to the hotel.

If you’d like to get a little something back for your donation, you can donate using a special button and get a small bottle of magic catch dust (great for summer/winter gift-giving and it can even be personalized). Full details are on the How to Help page.

Convention Snarf Checklist

For those Markeroons who joined us on snarfari in downtown Washington and Alexandria, you might be having trouble remembering what all those buildings you visited were. If you would like a full list, please click here. If you have any difficulty downloading the PDF file, please email or PM us. Thanks!

Gaithersburg Book Festival

You can expect some news, links, and photos from us regarding the convention and Kensington very soon. But until then, here’s a post about BCinDC’s upcoming table at the Gaithersburg Book Festival.

The Gaithersburg Book Festival is scheduled (rain or shine) for Saturday, May 21, 2011, from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM in Gaithersburg, Maryland, USA. BCinDC will have an official tent where we will be able to distribute FREE books to all festival-goers. This is the second year in a row that the city of Gaitherburg has kindly invited us to join their festivities. It was great fun last year, and we’re determined to make this year’s festival even better.

All Bookcrossers are invited to attend. Whoever wants to man the tent is free to do so. You are under no obligation to remain in the tent the whole time, as there is so much else to do at the Festival. We will just congregate in the tent and explain the fun of BookCrossing to visiting festival-goers. The admission price to the fair is… FREE!!!

Mark your calendars now! If you have any questions about the festival, feel free to contact SqueakyChu by PM.

Please visit this page: and report in with the number of books you’ve pre-released to the festival, so we can get a good count. You can also send books to SqueakyChu, but they must arrive by May 14 so she has time to organize and box them up for the festival.