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Tracking it: traveling from home

April 13th, 2004 · 1 Comment

Liz Lawley wrote a post about her family’s enjoyment of Bookcrossing. I hadn’t heard of it – guess I’m even later to the party than she is – but the idea of “catching” labelled books and “releasing them into the wild” sounds wild indeed! in fact the terminology brings salmon to mind – must be the Northwest girl in me – but the concept sounds like a great fit for Seattle too…including her example of finding a book at Starbucks…

I’d heard of other ways to track objects. An article in the Bremerton Sun this spring described how a homeschooling family sent a stuffed animal dog across the country to other homeschooling families in different states. That was cute, but also a bit more deliberate and predictable, with a planned course for the pooch via the post office.

Last fall as a gift, Michaela was given a Wrapsack. This one is new, without a history, and came with number for tracking at the site. There are various ways to try to search for a particular sack, based on number, city of origin and “last seen”. I guess though that we need to find our sack a new home so we can watch it go!

Teaching the girls geography is one of my goals and tracking items as they travel across the country and perhaps even across national borders (as Liz Lawley’s son’s book had!) would create fun opportunities for studying maps and cultures…
….Would anyone enjoy a few extra books and a red gift bag?!

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  • 1 Garrett Fitzgerald // Apr 14, 2004 at 7:50 am

    A similar plan was that of Butterbug One. A copy of Lois McMaster Bujold’s A Civil Campaign was sent across the country for the _fans_ to autograph. Unfortunately, it got lost enroute, and never made it back to LMB. Maybe we’ll find it on eBay someday….