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Dear Members,

Since founding this club almost seven (!) years ago, I have been constantly amazed by the kindness of the people here.  Recently, we have been humbled yet again by the generosity of some members of the club, who took our Books for Schools program a step further and "adopted" three schools.

Longtime member Danny N (Alameda) chose to send 555 new Scholastic books to each of two Native American Schools (Red Cloud Indian School in South Dakota and Ponemah Elementary in Minnesota).  Originally a Kentucky boy, but a self-proclaimed "army brat" raised overseas in West Germany, Danny discovered a love of reading early in life.  He has lived on both coasts of the US and has a real passion for books, as well as for our nation and its people.  He chose these two schools, because, in his words, "Who else could be more worthy of our book donations than the children of the American Indians of this great country?"  Danny's wish, included on the certificates sent to the schools along with the new books, said: "I hope these books will be loved, enjoyed, and accepted in the spirit of sharing and friendship.  Everyone I have ever met has been nothing but a good life experience--rich or poor, young or old.  I feel privileged to help in this effort, and want to thank PaperBackSwap for this opportunity in the Books for Schools program."

Another member, Alice B (laceybooklover), donated 100 credits -  those credits were added to the books going to Ponemah Elementary in Minnesota, for a total of 655 new Scholastic books for Ponemah!  Alice's love of reading was inspired by her mother, who was a voracious reader.  Alice chose to make this gift because, in her words, "I think it is very important to cultivate a love of reading in others whenever possible.  Young people need to be shown how reading can open up a whole world of possibilities for them.  It can inspire imagination, new ideas, and help them to understand and appreciate diversity and be more tolerant of others.  I like to think that reading has made me a better person!”

Ponemah Elementary had this to say about the gift: “The books arrived yesterday.  Everyone is so excited! The books arrived while I was teaching my 3rd grade Reading group.  I opened the box.  You should have seen the children’s faces!  Their eyes lit up!  When I escorted them to their room, they brought several of the new books to show their teacher.   I appreciate all you’ve done for Ponemah!  Thanks so much!”

A third member, who prefers to remain anonymous, also adopted a school, with a donation of 500 credits. 500 new Scholastic books were sent on this member’s behalf to Nauvoo-Colusa Elementary in Illinois.  This member and spouse had fond memories of attending this school as children and their wish was “to enhance the library’s selection with a large influx of books to make the library shine and give the teachers in the school—some of whom we had as teachers 25 years ago—a chance to really engage the students with the valuable art of reading."

We thank these three members for setting such a shining example of the PBS spirit and the joy of giving!

Every day in the club, someone is doing something nice for someone else - from including an extra book in a shipment, to posting a Wish List book to share, to drawing a smiley face on the package to let the receiver know that good vibes come along with the book inside, to reviewing a book so that others can know more about it, to posting a supportive message in the Discussion Forum...every little kindness matters! 

A wonderful month to all of you, and happy reading!

Richard and
The PaperBackSwap Team

Looking for a summer read? Jump in to one of these great books, currently available for swapping! 

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  The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett.  It's a miniseries, it's one of the 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die, it's a must-read!  A saga set in twelfth century England around the building of a mighty Gothic cathedral, this is a story of intrigue and power, passion and romance, that will pull you in and girip you until the last page is turned.   See other suspense books currently available for swapping. 

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Unveiled by Francine Rivers.  This is the first book of the Lineage of Grace series, in which the story of Tamar (one of God’s five chosen women) is told. The series features biblical women in the genealogy of Christ: Tamar, Rahab, Ruth, Bathsheba, and Mary.  See other Christian Fiction selections currently available for swapping.

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Dark Lover (Black Dagger Brotherhood, Bk 1) by J. R. Ward.  In the shadows of the night in Caldwell, New York, there's a deadly turf war going on between vampires and their slayers...this is the first book in the wildly popular Black Dagger Brotherhood series (now 9 books strong).  See other Paranormal Romance books currently available for swapping.

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  Animorphs series by K. A. Applegate.  The human race is under attack and given the chance to fight back. Now Jake, Rachel, Cassie, Tobias, and Marco have the power to morph into any animal they choose  This brilliant series of books will fascinate your tween!  Browse other books for age 9-12 currently available for swapping.
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  Firefly Lane by  Kristin Hannah  In the turbulent summer of 1974, Kate Mularkey has accepted her place at the bottom of the eighth-grade social food chain. Then, to her amazement, the "coolest girl in the world" moves in across the street and wants to be her friend...a poignant, powerful story of two women and the friendship that becomes the bulkhead of their lives.   Browse other General Fiction books currently available for swapping.

Selected books newly available in the PBS Market!

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Accidentally Demonic by Dakota Cassidy Mild-mannered Casey Schwartz wakes up in jail with no memory of how she got there. But she has more to deal with than a foggy memory- like fireballs shooting from her fingertips and a vampire on her doorstep...  Browse Paranormal Romance books currently available in the Market.  

Retail Price: $14.00
In the PBS Market (Paperback): $7.09+1 credit (save 49%) or $10.49 (save 25%)

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Memoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac  by Gabrielle Zevin  If Naomi had picked tails, she would have won the coin toss. She wouldn't have had to go back for the yearbook camera, and she wouldn't have hit her head on the steps and woken up in an ambulance with amnesia. She certainly would have remembered her boyfriend, Ace. She never would have met James, the boy with the questionable past and the even fuzzier future, who tells her he once wanted to kiss her. She wouldn't have wanted to kiss him back.   But Naomi picked heads. See more Young Adult books currently available in the Market.

Retail Price: $8.99
In the PBS Market (Paperback): $4.59+1 credit (save 48%) or $7.99 (save 11%)
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Fly Away Home  After a politician’s extramarital affair makes headlines, three women are drawn into the painful glare of the national spotlight. Once the press conference is over, each is forced to reconsider her life, who she is and who she is meant to be. Written with an irresistible blend of heartbreak and hilarity, Fly Away Home is an unforgettable story of a mother and two daughters who after a lifetime of distance finally learn to find refuge in one another.   See more contemporary literature books currently available in the Market.

Retail Price: $26.99
In the PBS Market (Hardcover): $13.59+1 credit (save 49%) or $16.99 (save 37%)

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So Much Pretty by Cara Hoffman. Five months after she disappeared, a young girl's body is found in a ditch in Haeden, a small, upstate New York town. Suddenly, reporter Stacy Flynn has a big story, but no one wants to talk to her. So Much Pretty leads the reader into the treacherous psychology of denial, where the details of an event are already known, deeply and intuitively felt, but not yet admitted to  See other Thrillers currently available in the Market.

Retail Price: $25.00
In the PBS Market (Hardcover): $12.59+1 credit (save 49%) or $15.99 (save 36%)
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The Tiger's Wife by Tea Obreht.   Natalia, a young doctor, is on a mission of mercy to a Balkan orphanage when she receives word of her beloved grandfather’s death far from their home under circumstances shrouded in confusion. Remembering childhood stories her grandfather once told her, she stumbles across a clue that leads her to the story of the Tiger's Wife.  An involving mystery, an emotionally riveting family story, and a wondrous evocation of an unfamiliar world Browse other General Fiction books currently available in the Market.

Retail Price: $25.00
In the PBS Market (Hardcover): $12.59+1 credit (save 49%) or $15.99 (save 36%)


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House Rules  Jacob Hunt, a teenage boy with Asperger's Syndrome, is hopeless at reading social cues or expressing himself well to others. He's always showing up at crime scenes, thanks to the police scanner he keeps in his room, and telling the cops what they need to do -- and he's usually right. But then one day his tutor is found dead, and the police come to question Jacob...   See other Jodi Picoult books currently available in the Market.

Retail Price: $28.00
In the PBS Market (Hardcover): $14.09+1 credit (save 49%) or $17.49 (save 37%)
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Weeknight Meals Made Easy: 365 Sensationally Simple Dishes Ready in Just 30 Minutes  With a meal for every day of the year, this collection of 365 flavor-filled, 30 minute recipes helps the busy chef cook faster, prepare smarter, and plan better. Complete with cooking tips, ingredient swaps, and nutritional information, you can learn how to utilize the contents of your fridge, freezer, and cupboard like never before. Peruse recipes by main ingredient to find the perfect meal that meets your cravings!   See more books on Cooking, Food and Wine currently available in the Mark

Retail Price: $24.95
In the PBS Market (Hardcover): $4.89+1 credit (save 80%) or $8.29 (save 66%)
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Best Friends Forever   Addie's childhood best friend, Valerie, a beautiful blond weatherperson to whom she hasn't spoken since high school, appears on her doorstep one cold evening, upset and bloodstained.  Can Addie forgive and mend the mean-girl conflict that drove them apart as teens?  A story of loneliness, friendship, the search for love, the struggles of mothers and daughters, and the sheer misery of being a fat girl in a thin girl's world...   See more women's fiction currently available in the PBS Market.

Retail Price: $15.00
In the PBS Market (Paperback): $7.59+1 credit (save 49%) or $10.99 (save 26%)


Preview books - not just for Kindle users!  Check out the new "Kindle" button to the right of the "Buy from Amazon" button on the Book Details page (for books that are available in Kindle format).  Clicking the button will open a preview of the book in a (beta) Webreader! Typically the first chapter is readable in the web reader.   You can buy the book (in Kindle or regular book format) if you want, right from that same page.  Remember, buying your book from Amazon (Kindle OR regular format) using this button on our site supports PBS!


Don’t be left behind! Come sail away on the FIRST PaperbackSwap Cruise, February 4-9, 2012! This Carnival cruise is available to all PBS members and their guests; it willl be sailing out of Jacksonville, Florida to the Bahamas. 5 days of fabulous fun! Don’t let the ship leave without you!  Inside Cabins are $399 per person. Oceanview Cabins are $439 per person. Oceanview cabins on the Carnival's Fascination are going fast, but there are plenty of interior cabins still available.  Details are available in the Discussion Forum topic, or by contacting our Travel Specialist directly at 1-800-727-7601 ext. 229. For information from a Cruise Committee Tour Guide, send an email to pbscruise@hotmail.com or post in the Discussion Forum topic.  Note: Please don't send in Feedback, as PaperBackSwap is not coordinating this event.

Don't miss our Blog feature - Memories, Musings and Miscellany from our MoMs.  PBS Members of the Month hold forth on various topics - sometimes serious, sometimes hilarious, our MoMs always have something interesting to say.  As always, if you have suggestions for the blog or want to submit a book review, contact us at blog@paperbackswap.com .  We look forward to hearing from you!

This just in - the "Book Received" Process has been streamlined!  Soon you will be able to mark your multiple-book shipments received more efficiently - just a couple of clicks can mark a whole shipment received without a problem.  Check it out next time you go to mark an incoming book received.  This will save a lot of time when marking bulk shipments received - and remember, the time you don't  spend clicking, you can spend reading!   Read more about what's changed with the Book Received process in What's New.

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PBS Local Chapter News

The North Texas Chapter  will be having a meeting on Sunday June 12th, 2011 at 2:30 PM, at Panera's in Arlington.  They'll be discussing Mennonite in a Little Black Dress by Rhoda Janzen. Contact Shellie (aylamonster) for more information.

The Laveen Arizona Chapter will be meeting on June 12th at 2:30pm to discuss Weaveworld by Clive Barker. Contact  lisaparks for location/more information. 

We'd love to share your Chapter news - if you have some, please submit it to us

If you want to be a Local Chapter Leader for PBS, you just need to have a PBS NIckname, a viewable public profile, and some organizational skills...check the Local Chapter Leaders Forum List of Official Chapters to see if your area already has a local Chapter.  If not, and you want to do this, just contact us.  There are no formal guidelines for being a Chapter Leader.  All of the information is in the Local Chapter Leader Discussion Forum topic.    If you are an official Chapter Leader and want us to include your upcoming meetup in the Newsletter, send in a message to us with the date, at least a week before the end of the preceding month.


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Mary L. (MsRight)

Mary is coming up on her fourth anniversary of membership - she is an avid swapper who has sent out over seven hundred books, without even one problem swap!  She's not an official PBS Tour Guide, but many of you know her from the Discussion Forums, where she is always willing to help a member with a question.   Some of the comments submitted with the nominations we received were:

"She is great at answering questions in forums for newcomers...Very helpful. Thanks Mary!"

"She’s terrific in the forums. Always seems to have a simplified answer to some of the dumbest questions."

"...She is always very helpful in many of the forums...she is a full-time employed single parent who still manages to help."

"Mary is very helpful and informative in the forums without being a know it all. I like her style."

Mary, you have quite a following at PBS!  Your kind and helpful ways have touched a lot of people, and made a real difference in their experience here. You are our Member of the Month for May.  Congratulations!

If you have any nominations for Member of the Month, submit them to us hereYour nomination will not "expire"--anyone you nominate will have a chance at getting Member of the Month if enough nominations accumulate over time. Each month the person who has the most votes accumulated when the Newsletter goes to press gets to be Member of the Month and gets a newsletter mention and a nifty MoM icon to wear on profile and forum posts with pride.  So go for it! Tell us who's helped you in the Forums, who's been a great swapper, who in your opinion is a credit to PBS.  We are keeping a list of all the nominated members.  Who knows--one of them might be YOU!


Dear Librarian - I am going to be out of town for a few weeks (vacation yay!) and I am wondering how I should tell people not to order books from me while I am gone?   Also, I have a couple of books that I ordered that were just marked mailed to me yesterday.  What will happen if I am not home when they arrive?  Is there a way to stop the "did you get this book?" emails from coming, since I will be out of town and unable to check my mail?   - Planning for a Holiday in Hoboken

Dear Holly,

This subject is really pertinent to this time of year, when many are taking time off from work and home (and bookswapping!).  Since you won't be home to send out books, you should use the Vacation/Hold feature (the link is at the top of your account Bookshelf, and also under My Account) to put your account on hold while you are gone.   Just click the link and choose start and end dates for your vacation, then click Apply.  You will know that the Vacation/Hold has been scheduled because a pink banner across the top of your My Account page will appear - with links in it to adjust or cancel the Vacation/Hold.  Remember that your account will become active again in the very early morning of the end date you choose, so if you won't be ready to respond to requests on that date, choose an end date for your Vacation/Hold that is a couple of days later than that. 

The Vacation Hold will hide your Bookshelf from other members - it will also hide your Wish List, to keep you from being offered books and missing out on them while you're gone.  If you like, you can use the Auto-Request feature to keep some or all of your wishes active while your account is on Vacation Hold.

If you have incoming books while your account is on Vacation/Hold, you will still get all the usual emails from PBS asking if you got the book - the Vacation/Hold does not affect active requests which will proceed normally.  If you are away from home and unable to check your mail, don't worry about the reminders - just know that you will mark the book(s) received when you get home.  If any of them get declared "lost in the mail" before you get home, you will need to go to your Transaction Archive to mark the "lost" books received (see detailed instructions here).  

If you are going away for a long time, you don't want to ask members to send books to you that you won't be able to mark received - so for absences longer than a couple of weeks you should (1) turn off Auto-Request for all items on your Wish List, (2) make arrangements for your incoming mail to be held or collected for you, and (3) put your account on Vacation Hold.  If you are away from your account for a prolonged period and you have a book en route to you, it is possible that it will be marked received by the system - that happens to protect senders from sending books to inactive accounts and not getting credit.  Before a book would be marked received for you, you will be sent emails from PBS asking you to log in to demonstrate that your account has not been abandoned - if you don't log in within the time allotted, the system will mark the incoming book received.  This can sometimes result in an unreceived book being marked received, but that is actually very rarely the case.  If you do have books in the mail to you when you go away and you are able to log into your account at least once every two weeks during your vacation, the system won't mark any of the books received for you, and you'll need to do that when you get home.

We hope you have a wonderful vacation - don't forget the sunscreen!

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