Sometimes things are Awesome.

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Just Awesomed

  • The housekeeper and the professor
    The housekeeper and the professor
  • Scream for ice cream
    Scream for ice cream
  • Are you here
    Are you here
  • Religious
    Religious
  • The best man holiday
    The best man holiday
  • Petals on the wind
    Petals on the wind
  • The cat in the hat knows a lot about that
    The cat in the hat knows a lot about that
  • Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
    Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
  • A long way down
    A long way down
  • As dreamers do
    As dreamers do
  • Amy & Roger's epic detour
    Amy & Roger's epic detour
  • The Bone Orchard
    The Bone Orchard
  • Shatter me
    Shatter me
  • Matched
    Matched
  • Red leaves
    Red leaves
  • The 100 simple secrets of the best half of life
    The 100 simple secrets of the best half of life
  • Bright side up
    Bright side up
  • The edge
    The edge
  • Race to win
    Race to win
  • The Lego Movie
    The Lego Movie
  • The Lego Movie
    The Lego Movie
  • Let's go for a drive
    Let's go for a drive
  • A big guy took my ball
    A big guy took my ball
  • Barbie in a mermaid tale
    Barbie in a mermaid tale
  • Barbie
    Barbie
  • When
    When
  • Confessions of a shopaholic
    Confessions of a shopaholic
  • Dolores Claiborne
    Dolores Claiborne
  • Firefly Lane
    Firefly Lane
  • Comfort & joy
    Comfort & joy
  • Equilibrium
    Equilibrium
  • No doors, no windows
    No doors, no windows
  • The song remains the same
    The song remains the same
  • Black sails.
    Black sails.
  • The burning room
    The burning room
  • The seven tales of Trinket
    The seven tales of Trinket
  • The Lorax
    The Lorax
  • Kung fu panda
    Kung fu panda
  • Ivy + Bean
    Ivy + Bean
  • Ivy + Bean.
    Ivy + Bean.
  • Playing for keeps
    Playing for keeps
  • Elysium
    Elysium
  • 50/50
    50/50
  • P.S.I love you / # 328
    P.S.I love you / # 328
  • Scary movie 2
    Scary movie 2
  • My sister's keeper
    My sister's keeper
  • Into the wild
    Into the wild
  • Silent house
    Silent house
  • You again
    You again
  • Character encyclopedia
    Character encyclopedia
  • Agatha Heterodyne and the beetleburg clank
    Agatha Heterodyne and the beetleburg clank
  • The Rosie project
    The Rosie project
  • Sisters
    Sisters
  • Weird but true! 3
    Weird but true! 3
  • Weird but true! 4
    Weird but true! 4
  • Thea Stilton and the mystery on the Orient Express
    Thea Stilton and the mystery on the Orient Express
  • Insignia
    Insignia
  • The Lost
    The Lost
  • Twilight
    Twilight
  • Songs of innocence
    Songs of innocence
  • Only by the night
    Only by the night
  • A saucerful of secrets
    A saucerful of secrets
  • The warlord's son
    The warlord's son
  • Babymouse.
    Babymouse.
  • The Martian
    The Martian
  • Owl Moon
    Owl Moon
  • The daughter of time
    The daughter of time
  • Unwritten
    Unwritten
  • The messenger
    The messenger
  • Turn coat
    Turn coat
  • The dog year
    The dog year
  • Blood rites
    Blood rites
  • Skin game
    Skin game
  • Cold days
    Cold days
  • The heretic's daughter
    The heretic's daughter
  • The China study
    The China study
  • Ronaldo
    Ronaldo
  • 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 367 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 stars111
    2Diary of a Wimpy Kid96
    3Divergent72
    4Wonder64
    5Gone girl60
    6Naruto.51
    7The invention of wings50
    8Unbroken48
    9The book thief47
    10Orphan train46
    CURRENT RANK AUTHORS NUMBER AWESOMES
    1Riordan, Rick.280
    2Patterson, James254
    3Kinney, Jeff.170
    4Rowling, J. K.169
    5Willems, Mo.166
    6Green, John161
    7Hunter, Erin.154
    8Collins, Suzanne.137
    9Osborne, Mary Pope.125
    10Dashner, James100

    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



    Get an Awesome Box at your library

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