Sometimes things are Awesome.

Checked out something awesome from the library? Return it to the Awesome Box.

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Just Awesomed

  • The terrible two
    The terrible two
  • Jimmy the kid
    Jimmy the kid
  • Out of place
    Out of place
  • Orphan train
    Orphan train
  • Almost perfect
    Almost perfect
  • The storied life of A.J. Fikry
    The storied life of A.J. Fikry
  • Pervye rekordy v kosmose.
    Pervye rekordy v kosmose.
  • In his own write
    In his own write
  • The best place to work
    The best place to work
  • The book of questions
    The book of questions
  • What comes next and how to like it
    What comes next and how to like it
  • Angel dog
    Angel dog
  • The last hope
    The last hope
  • Barefoot
    Barefoot
  • The red thread
    The red thread
  • The haunting of Derek Stone #1
    The haunting of Derek Stone #1
  • Top 25 soccer skills, tips, and tricks
    Top 25 soccer skills, tips, and tricks
  • Gods & heroes
    Gods & heroes
  • Sparky
    Sparky
  • The treachery of beautiful things
    The treachery of beautiful things
  • Graceling
    Graceling
  • Here, and again
    Here, and again
  • The fragile world
    The fragile world
  • A cup of water under my bed
    A cup of water under my bed
  • 300 sandwiches
    300 sandwiches
  • Miracle at Augusta
    Miracle at Augusta
  • Independence slay
    Independence slay
  • The swimmer
    The swimmer
  • Seveneves
    Seveneves
  • Grandma Gatewood's walk
    Grandma Gatewood's walk
  • Wild
    Wild
  • Exquisite captive
    Exquisite captive
  • Red queen
    Red queen
  • The Martian
    The Martian
  • The gruffalo
    The gruffalo
  • Best storybook ever.
    Best storybook ever.
  • The sweetheart
    The sweetheart
  • The firelight girls
    The firelight girls
  • I survived the Great Chicago Fire, 1871
    I survived the Great Chicago Fire, 1871
  • The one that got away
    The one that got away
  • The reading circle
    The reading circle
  • A tree grows in Brooklyn
    A tree grows in Brooklyn
  • To kill a mockingbird
    To kill a mockingbird
  • Term limits
    Term limits
  • Zoo
    Zoo
  • A life intercepted
    A life intercepted
  • A house in the sky
    A house in the sky
  • The sweetheart deal
    The sweetheart deal
  • The all you can dream buffet
    The all you can dream buffet
  • An unexpected grace
    An unexpected grace
  • What the river washed away
    What the river washed away
  • The good girl
    The good girl
  • Army
    Army
  • Transformers: Hunt for the Decepticons
    Transformers: Hunt for the Decepticons
  • Captain Awesome to the rescue
    Captain Awesome to the rescue
  • The buried giant
    The buried giant
  • Wedding belles
    Wedding belles
  • Red leaves
    Red leaves
  • A hundred summers
    A hundred summers
  • Firefly Lane
    Firefly Lane
  • Tales of a fourth grade nothing
    Tales of a fourth grade nothing
  • Dog and Bear
    Dog and Bear
  • Wild boars cook
    Wild boars cook
  • Goldie and the three bears
    Goldie and the three bears
  • Dear Dumb Diary, that's what friends aren't for.
    Dear Dumb Diary, that's what friends aren't for.
  • The Farm
    The Farm
  • Endangered
    Endangered
  • Landline
    Landline
  • Before, during, after
    Before, during, after
  • The things that keep us here
    The things that keep us here
  • Copper River
    Copper River
  • 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 439 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 stars132
    2Diary of a Wimpy Kid120
    3Divergent88
    4All the light we cannot see85
    5Naruto.80
    6Gone girl77
    7Wonder77
    8Unbroken68
    9The invention of wings61
    10Orphan train60
    CURRENT RANK AUTHORS NUMBER AWESOMES
    1Patterson, James379
    2Riordan, Rick.368
    3Kinney, Jeff.223
    4Rowling, J. K.223
    5Hunter, Erin.213
    6Willems, Mo.206
    7Green, John195
    8Collins, Suzanne.173
    9Osborne, Mary Pope.156
    10King, Stephen137

    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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