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Just Awesomed

  • Jimmy Stewart
    Jimmy Stewart
  • The World Almanac for Kids 2013.
    The World Almanac for Kids 2013.
  • Legends of Zita the spacegirl.
    Legends of Zita the spacegirl.
  • 'Tis herself
    'Tis herself
  • Jumping the broom
    Jumping the broom
  • A monster in Paris
    A monster in Paris
  • Hammer of the Gods
    Hammer of the Gods
  • Pain & gain
    Pain & gain
  • The mask
    The mask
  • Gospel 4 pack.
    Gospel 4 pack.
  • The postcard killers
    The postcard killers
  • By two and two
    By two and two
  • Homeplace
    Homeplace
  • Rare exports
    Rare exports
  • The essential dykes to watch out for
    The essential dykes to watch out for
  • Ordinary grace
    Ordinary grace
  • Gossip in the grain
    Gossip in the grain
  • Picaresque
    Picaresque
  • Bully
    Bully
  • Yourself or someone like you
    Yourself or someone like you
  • The invention of wings
    The invention of wings
  • Sherlock.
    Sherlock.
  • Emma
    Emma
  • Of human bondage
    Of human bondage
  • Hotel Transylvania
    Hotel Transylvania
  • Princess of thieves
    Princess of thieves
  • Bone
    Bone
  • Bone #3
    Bone #3
  • Crown of horns
    Crown of horns
  • Rock Jaw
    Rock Jaw
  • Zoom, zoom, zoom
    Zoom, zoom, zoom
  • Can't we talk about something more pleasant
    Can't we talk about something more pleasant
  • Letter composed during a lull in the fighting
    Letter composed during a lull in the fighting
  • Seasons of Gray
    Seasons of Gray
  • Truth & beauty
    Truth & beauty
  • Winx club.
    Winx club.
  • Married lovers
    Married lovers
  • Waking up white
    Waking up white
  • Dawn land
    Dawn land
  • Oz the great and powerful
    Oz the great and powerful
  • Murder on the home front
    Murder on the home front
  • Angela's ashes
    Angela's ashes
  • Chocolat
    Chocolat
  • The Spice Islands voyage
    The Spice Islands voyage
  • Everything on it
    Everything on it
  • The Best Thing About Valentines (H).
    The Best Thing About Valentines (H).
  • Radical homemakers
    Radical homemakers
  • Miracle in a dry season
    Miracle in a dry season
  • The Amish blacksmith
    The Amish blacksmith
  • The healer's touch
    The healer's touch
  • Dear daughter
    Dear daughter
  • About time
    About time
  • The eyes of the dragon
    The eyes of the dragon
  • Shots fired
    Shots fired
  • Crewel
    Crewel
  • Altered
    Altered
  • Babette
    Babette
  • The girl who loved wild horses
    The girl who loved wild horses
  • Secrets of six-figure women
    Secrets of six-figure women
  • Bob and Otto
    Bob and Otto
  • Those darn squirrels
    Those darn squirrels
  • Ties that bind
    Ties that bind
  • The canary caper
    The canary caper
  • The talking T. Rex
    The talking T. Rex
  • August acrobat
    August acrobat
  • The hidden gold
    The hidden gold
  • We hold these truths
    We hold these truths
  • Gone girl
    Gone girl
  • Animorphs: The invasion
    Animorphs: The invasion
  • The closer
    The closer
  • The last camellia
    The last camellia
  • Hooray for hat
    Hooray for hat
  • Secret of the sirens
    Secret of the sirens
  • Bark
    Bark
  • The invention of wings
    The invention of wings
  • Saga.
    Saga.
  • The evil dead.
    The evil dead.
  • Paranormal case files
    Paranormal case files
  • Child's play 3
    Child's play 3
  • White Fang 2
    White Fang 2
  • O sole mio
    O sole mio
  • A musical affair
    A musical affair
  • X-Men.
    X-Men.
  • David
    David
  • The truth about Emanuel
    The truth about Emanuel
  • The little girl who fought the Great Depression
    The little girl who fought the Great Depression
  • Locker 13
    Locker 13
  • Spanish disco
    Spanish disco
  • Me. I am Mariah
    Me. I am Mariah
  • The raven (2012
    The raven (2012
  • Monster High
    Monster High
  • Blood diamond
    Blood diamond
  • RoboCop 2
    RoboCop 2
  • NERDS: The villain virus
    NERDS: The villain virus
  • The Bohemians
    The Bohemians
  • Pete the cat
    Pete the cat
  • The very lonely firefly
    The very lonely firefly
  • We are in a book
    We are in a book
  • The maze runner
    The maze runner
  • The divorce papers
    The divorce papers
  • Let's go to the library.
    Let's go to the library.
  • Summer birds
    Summer birds
  • Who did it first
    Who did it first
  • Bellweather rhapsody
    Bellweather rhapsody
  • Make, take, murder
    Make, take, murder
  • Don Jon
    Don Jon
  • The other woman
    The other woman
  • Hammerhead Ranch Motel
    Hammerhead Ranch Motel
  • Penny from heaven
    Penny from heaven
  • Learning not to drown
    Learning not to drown
  • Excuse me
    Excuse me
  • A house in the sky
    A house in the sky
  • Frommer's Boston day by day
    Frommer's Boston day by day
  • 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 272 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 stars46
    2Divergent39
    3Gone girl32
    4The invention of wings32
    5Wonder31
    6The book thief28
    7Diary of a Wimpy Kid28
    8Eleanor & Park26
    9Life after life25
    10Ready player one24
    CURRENT RANK AUTHORS NUMBER AWESOMES
    1Riordan, Rick.105
    2Patterson, James91
    3Willems, Mo.78
    4Green, John69
    5Hunter, Erin.67
    6Osborne, Mary Pope.66
    7Rowling, J. K.66
    8Collins, Suzanne.61
    9Kinney, Jeff.49
    10Gutman, Dan.42

    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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