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  • Last one home
    Last one home
  • The hundred-foot journey
    The hundred-foot journey
  • The mother who stayed
    The mother who stayed
  • David and Goliath
    David and Goliath
  • The dog year
    The dog year
  • Vintage
    Vintage
  • Everyday food
    Everyday food
  • Quiet
    Quiet
  • Left neglected
    Left neglected
  • Night road
    Night road
  • All my puny sorrows
    All my puny sorrows
  • Hug machine
    Hug machine
  • Mein Kampf
    Mein Kampf
  • Execution
    Execution
  • Matched
    Matched
  • It's what I do
    It's what I do
  • Manhunt
    Manhunt
  • Healing anxiety and depression
    Healing anxiety and depression
  • Ulysses
    Ulysses
  • Ulysses annotated
    Ulysses annotated
  • When you reach me
    When you reach me
  • The midnight unicorn
    The midnight unicorn
  • Jacob's ladder
    Jacob's ladder
  • Dora's explorer girls.
    Dora's explorer girls.
  • The apple-pip princess
    The apple-pip princess
  • Let go
    Let go
  • Sundays at Tiffany's
    Sundays at Tiffany's
  • Abraham Lincoln
    Abraham Lincoln
  • Keeping the castle
    Keeping the castle
  • Dork diaries.
    Dork diaries.
  • A puzzle of paws
    A puzzle of paws
  • A shimmering splash
    A shimmering splash
  • The invention of Hugo Cabret
    The invention of Hugo Cabret
  • Who buries the dead
    Who buries the dead
  • Revenge of the witch
    Revenge of the witch
  • Percy Jackson & the Olympians.
    Percy Jackson & the Olympians.
  • Eye benders
    Eye benders
  • Time and again
    Time and again
  • Dark witch
    Dark witch
  • Percy Jackson & the Olympians #5
    Percy Jackson & the Olympians #5
  • Diary of a wimpy kid
    Diary of a wimpy kid
  • Finisher.
    Finisher.
  • Behind closed doors
    Behind closed doors
  • Lone survivor
    Lone survivor
  • The cat lady
    The cat lady
  • Unseen academicals
    Unseen academicals
  • Live right and find happiness (although beer is much faster
    Live right and find happiness (although beer is much faster
  • Double play
    Double play
  • Watch your back
    Watch your back
  • Love, again
    Love, again
  • The HD diet
    The HD diet
  • The diabetes reset
    The diabetes reset
  • Rethinking positive thinking
    Rethinking positive thinking
  • Lose the clutter, lose the weight
    Lose the clutter, lose the weight
  • Paper love
    Paper love
  • Off the radar
    Off the radar
  • The American experience in Vietnam
    The American experience in Vietnam
  • Confucius
    Confucius
  • Sherman's ghosts
    Sherman's ghosts
  • The queen of distraction
    The queen of distraction
  • The new health rules
    The new health rules
  • Stronger, faster, smarter
    Stronger, faster, smarter
  • See mom run
    See mom run
  • A woman's guide to diabetes
    A woman's guide to diabetes
  • The like switch
    The like switch
  • The overworked person's guide to better nutrition
    The overworked person's guide to better nutrition
  • Long-term care
    Long-term care
  • Rodale's 21st-century herbal
    Rodale's 21st-century herbal
  • The everything candida diet book
    The everything candida diet book
  • The mindfulness workbook for OCD
    The mindfulness workbook for OCD
  • The complete aromatherapy & essential oils handbook for everyday wellness
    The complete aromatherapy & essential oils handbook for everyday wellness
  • Life reimagined
    Life reimagined
  • Menopause
    Menopause
  • Dad's expecting too
    Dad's expecting too
  • A still quiet place
    A still quiet place
  • Sleep soundly every night, feel fantastic every day
    Sleep soundly every night, feel fantastic every day
  • Nutrition almanac.
    Nutrition almanac.
  • Think eat move thrive
    Think eat move thrive
  • Mindgym
    Mindgym
  • Fight diabetes with vitamins and antioxidants
    Fight diabetes with vitamins and antioxidants
  • Tuesdays with Morrie
    Tuesdays with Morrie
  • I know you like to smoke, but you can quit
    I know you like to smoke, but you can quit
  • Solving sleep problems in children with autism spectrum disorders
    Solving sleep problems in children with autism spectrum disorders
  • Living with rheumatoid arthritis
    Living with rheumatoid arthritis
  • The grace in aging
    The grace in aging
  • Wicked girls
    Wicked girls
  • House of doors
    House of doors
  • When You Reach Me
    When You Reach Me
  • Swipe
    Swipe
  • Somewhere safe with somebody good
    Somewhere safe with somebody good
  • Still life with bread crumbs
    Still life with bread crumbs
  • The Alamo
    The Alamo
  • Shut up
    Shut up
  • WAKE
    WAKE
  • The ascendance trilogy.
    The ascendance trilogy.
  • Stormbreaker
    Stormbreaker
  • Feathers for lunch
    Feathers for lunch
  • Revolution
    Revolution
  • This is the story of a happy marriage
    This is the story of a happy marriage
  • Mortality doctrine.
    Mortality doctrine.
  • Amelia Bedelia bakes off
    Amelia Bedelia bakes off
  • A sister more like me
    A sister more like me
  • 3:10 to Yuma
    3:10 to Yuma
  • Lucia, Lucia
    Lucia, Lucia
  • Gray Mountain
    Gray Mountain
  • The assassins of Rome
    The assassins of Rome
  • The bad beginning
    The bad beginning
  • The snow child
    The snow child
  • Cage of stars
    Cage of stars
  • The complete tales of Winnie-the-Pooh
    The complete tales of Winnie-the-Pooh
  • Identical
    Identical
  • Amaryllis in blueberry
    Amaryllis in blueberry
  • The smart one
    The smart one
  • Welcome to Birdwell Island
    Welcome to Birdwell Island
  • One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish (copy 4
    One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish (copy 4
  • No, David
    No, David
  • My teacher is a monster! (no, I am not
    My teacher is a monster! (no, I am not
  • On the fence
    On the fence
  • Freud's blind spot
    Freud's blind spot
  • My name is Mina
    My name is Mina
  • Cinder
    Cinder
  • What is the Awesome Box?

    It's an alternate returns box that sits alongside your library's regular book drop.

    If you are returning an item that you really connected with, drop it in the Awesome Box instead of the regular book drop. Library staff will tag it as Awesome and share it with your library community.

    We can get your Awesome Box online

    An account with us allows you to share items on the Web.

    • Web hosting for your Awesome Page
    • A widget for your library to plug into its website
    • An RSS Feed
    • Automatic Tweeting of awesome items
    • An API for displaying items in any way you want

    Your library chooses the pieces that work best.

    It is easy to get Awesome

    You create a physical box and determine how the Awesome Box will fit into your library. We provide you with ways to get started including a nice sign kit and other promotional materials.

    The details are up to your library and we're here to help.

    Many awesome libraries

    There are currently 405 Awesome Boxes in the United States. They're in public libraries, school libraries, and academic libraries.

    Awesome Network

    When we mix our Awesome data together we leverage the power of the Awesome Network to get things like top 10 lists.

    Of all the items dropped in all of the Awesome Boxes, these are the most awesome of all.

    CURRENT RANK TITLES NUMBER AWESOMES
    1The fault in our stars117
    2Diary of a Wimpy Kid107
    3Divergent75
    4Wonder70
    5Gone girl66
    6Naruto.61
    7Unbroken57
    8Diary of a wimpy kid.52
    9The invention of wings51
    10All the light we cannot see48
    CURRENT RANK AUTHORS NUMBER AWESOMES
    1Riordan, Rick.309
    2Patterson, James305
    3Kinney, Jeff.194
    4Willems, Mo.186
    5Hunter, Erin.180
    6Rowling, J. K.180
    7Green, John171
    8Collins, Suzanne.144
    9Osborne, Mary Pope.135
    10Dashner, James114

    Free to all

    Like the greatest public libraries, the Awesome Box is free to all.

    We are generously supported by the Harvard Library Innovation Lab, the Harvard Library Lab, and the Arcadia Fund.

    Contact us at info@awesomebox.io



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