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  • The value of Hawaiʻi
    The value of Hawaiʻi
  • Seconds
    Seconds
  • The prince & the guard
    The prince & the guard
  • The junkyard bot
    The junkyard bot
  • Nothing can possibly go wrong
    Nothing can possibly go wrong
  • Egg & spoon
    Egg & spoon
  • Star Wars
    Star Wars
  • Spider-man character encyclopedia
    Spider-man character encyclopedia
  • The shadow of the wind
    The shadow of the wind
  • Us conductors
    Us conductors
  • Inception
    Inception
  • Les misérables
    Les misérables
  • The hypnotist's love story
    The hypnotist's love story
  • Splat the Cat dreams big
    Splat the Cat dreams big
  • The miraculous journey of Edward Tulane
    The miraculous journey of Edward Tulane
  • Judy Moody & Stink
    Judy Moody & Stink
  • Kingdom come
    Kingdom come
  • Broken dragon
    Broken dragon
  • The Usborne art treasury
    The Usborne art treasury
  • What shall I draw
    What shall I draw
  • Camille and the sunflowers
    Camille and the sunflowers
  • The Dumb Bunnies' Easter
    The Dumb Bunnies' Easter
  • Planes
    Planes
  • Miss Brooks' Story Nook
    Miss Brooks' Story Nook
  • Bubble blowers, beware
    Bubble blowers, beware
  • Princess, princess
    Princess, princess
  • SpongeBob SquarePants.
    SpongeBob SquarePants.
  • The elephant whisperer
    The elephant whisperer
  • The guardian.
    The guardian.
  • The Bletchley circle
    The Bletchley circle
  • The guardian
    The guardian
  • The guardian.
    The guardian.
  • The illusionist DVD 171 & DVD 394
    The illusionist DVD 171 & DVD 394
  • Slim by design
    Slim by design
  • Bloodsucking fiends
    Bloodsucking fiends
  • Painkillers, heroin, and the road to sanity
    Painkillers, heroin, and the road to sanity
  • The complete guide to nutrients
    The complete guide to nutrients
  • Ending back pain
    Ending back pain
  • Batman.
    Batman.
  • If you don't know me
    If you don't know me
  • A man called Horse
    A man called Horse
  • Lone survivor
    Lone survivor
  • Despicable me 2
    Despicable me 2
  • Courageous
    Courageous
  • Sweetwater
    Sweetwater
  • Act of valor
    Act of valor
  • You're next
    You're next
  • The wolfman
    The wolfman
  • The hunters
    The hunters
  • The place beyond the pines
    The place beyond the pines
  • A dangerous path
    A dangerous path
  • We were liars
    We were liars
  • My promised land
    My promised land
  • A practical guide to dragons
    A practical guide to dragons
  • Written in my own heart's blood
    Written in my own heart's blood
  • Mother, mother
    Mother, mother
  • The ark
    The ark
  • Pete the Cat
    Pete the Cat
  • The napping house
    The napping house
  • If you were a dog
    If you were a dog
  • Lion, lion
    Lion, lion
  • The pigeon needs a bath
    The pigeon needs a bath
  • You are (not) small
    You are (not) small
  • Monsters in space
    Monsters in space
  • Galaxy Zack.
    Galaxy Zack.
  • Galaxy Zack.
    Galaxy Zack.
  • Gray Mountain
    Gray Mountain
  • Nora Bonesteel's Christmas past
    Nora Bonesteel's Christmas past
  • Dear Dumb Diary Year Two #5: You Can Bet on That.
    Dear Dumb Diary Year Two #5: You Can Bet on That.
  • The 7 habits of highly effective people
    The 7 habits of highly effective people
  • All the truth is out
    All the truth is out
  • Neil Patrick Harris
    Neil Patrick Harris
  • The scarecrows' wedding
    The scarecrows' wedding
  • The Unwanteds.
    The Unwanteds.
  • Franklin.
    Franklin.
  • The brave little toaster
    The brave little toaster
  • Jumanji
    Jumanji
  • Popular mechanics for kids.
    Popular mechanics for kids.
  • 3 ninjas
    3 ninjas
  • My Little Pony.
    My Little Pony.
  • Ariel's favorites
    Ariel's favorites
  • Rockabye baby
    Rockabye baby
  • Mocking jay
    Mocking jay
  • Who do you love
    Who do you love
  • Eek! There's a mouse in the house
    Eek! There's a mouse in the house
  • Turkey surprise
    Turkey surprise
  • Taking care of Mama Rabbit
    Taking care of Mama Rabbit
  • Little Red writing
    Little Red writing
  • Breakfast with Buddha [a novel
    Breakfast with Buddha [a novel
  • Florida
    Florida
  • Pompeii
    Pompeii
  • Lincoln Rhyme novel.
    Lincoln Rhyme novel.
  • Hidden mercies
    Hidden mercies
  • Demon hunts
    Demon hunts
  • Raven calls
    Raven calls
  • Spirit dances
    Spirit dances
  • Autumn winds
    Autumn winds
  • The unfinished life of Addison Stone
    The unfinished life of Addison Stone
  • Beauty of the broken
    Beauty of the broken
  • Isla and the happily ever after
    Isla and the happily ever after
  • The spiritglass charade
    The spiritglass charade
  • Astray
    Astray
  • The Queen of the Tearling
    The Queen of the Tearling
  • The Queen of the Tearling
    The Queen of the Tearling
  • This moose belongs to me
    This moose belongs to me
  • Where the wild things are
    Where the wild things are
  • Ninja Red Riding Hood
    Ninja Red Riding Hood
  • The duckling gets a cookie
    The duckling gets a cookie
  • Still life
    Still life
  • A world without princes
    A world without princes
  • Scooby-Doo
    Scooby-Doo
  • Bad English
    Bad English
  • The chopped cookbook
    The chopped cookbook
  • How to speak Klingon
    How to speak Klingon
  • How to speak Klingon
    How to speak Klingon
  • Murder in Shakespeare's England
    Murder in Shakespeare's England
  • The kitchen house
    The kitchen house
  • Goldi Rocks and the three bears
    Goldi Rocks and the three bears
  • Ready readers.
    Ready readers.
  • Duck for President
    Duck for President
  • Change of heart
    Change of heart
  • 10% happier
    10% happier
  • 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 348 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 stars102
    2Diary of a Wimpy Kid81
    3Divergent67
    4Wonder57
    5Gone girl48
    6The invention of wings45
    7Naruto.43
    8The book thief42
    9Eleanor & Park41
    10Unbroken41
    CURRENT RANK AUTHORS NUMBER AWESOMES
    1Riordan, Rick.243
    2Patterson, James216
    3Green, John142
    4Willems, Mo.141
    5Rowling, J. K.141
    6Hunter, Erin.135
    7Kinney, Jeff.135
    8Osborne, Mary Pope.118
    9Collins, Suzanne.111
    10Dashner, James84

    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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