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Age 60
Joined Tuesday, January 28, 2003
Recent Book Activity
4 weeks all time
books registered 2 4,141
released in the wild 7 3,865
controlled releases 0 271
releases caught 1 345
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books found 0 323
tell-a-friend referrals 0 113
new member referrals 0 45
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Extended Profile
I'm the Steward of 4 Little Free Libraries in Hopkinsville, KY. My first one - installed in August 2013 - is #7669 at Jeffers Bend Environmental Center. Just follow the Lake Trail until you come to a fork. Take the right trail with the red marker. The LFL is inside the bird observation hut overlooking the lake.
In June 2017 the city installed 4 more LFL's. It was my suggestion, but the libraries were built and painted by the Christian County High School JROTC and installed by Parks and Recreation and Public Works. They are at the North Drive and Pardue Lane trail heads of the Greenway and the downtown fire station playground. Come visit!


The picture above is my beloved kitty "Pud" Bagwell in one of her favorite spots - on whatever book I was reading. She was dumped on my parents' farm by someone who obviously didn't know how wonderful she was. She was with me for 17 years, until the vet recommended that we put her to sleep on August 23, 2007. I've never known a more loving and lovely animal, and she'll always be remembered and missed.


My wild releases caught: 387!!!
New members from wild releases: 194
Wild releases I've found: 8
The longest time from one of my wild releases to a journal entry:
Released on 5/10/2008 and journaled on 6/26/2022 - From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler: 35th Anniversary Edition "Traveling" around for 14 years and 1 month!


I'm pretty much a hermit since retiring from my "life of crime." All those years around jails and courtrooms have made me thoroughly appreciate being at home. I have my computer, kitties and books here; why would I want to leave? :-)(I realized that I left out Jim. Jim is here too!)

I had been a member of BookCrossing for more than a year and was still having a hard time releasing books. I held them too fondly and jealously. There seem to be very few members locally, so I finally decided that I would have to release some books if I wanted to spread the word. Now I understand the thrill of a release and the even bigger excitement of a journal entry when I least expect it. On the night we were married, my husband and I tossed a bottle into the ocean with a copy of our wedding blessing inside. Two months later, 1000 miles away, a woman found it on the beach and took the time to send us a message of her own. Bookcrossing feels just like that.


My wishlist for the International Birthday RABCK:

-Teen and children books for my 3 Little Free Libraries OR book bomb a LFL near you and send me a note to tell me about it
-Drop books at a local shelter or retirement community and send me a note to tell me about it
-Seaglass and a note to tell me where it was found
-Valentine-themed paper or stickers for making cards to send to the VA hospital (no glitter)
-Pressed/elongated pennies from outside the USA for my husband's collection
-Handkerchiefs (I'm trying to use fewer throw-away tissues)
-BC labels for registration or cover of book (homemade or store bought-especially for kid or teen books). I'd also appreciate links to labels I can print.
-Postcard from your town/country. Tell me something about your town or country.
-Geocaching travel tag/bug, registered or not
-Anything (postcard, photos) from County Tyrone, Northern Ireland (My 6th great grandfather was born there in 1720. He died in the US in 1776.)
-Wishlist books or cozy mysteries are always appreciated, but I'm behind on reading books from last year. It may take a little while before the book you send is read and back into circulation.
-I don't enjoy tea or coffee.

My Kentucky Counties release challenge:

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My National Park Service Passport has inspired me to make a challenge for myself. It's doubtful that I'll ever have a stamp from every national park, but I can reasonably expect to visit all of Kentucky's state parks during my wanderings. I've decided to release a book at each state park which I visit and keep track of my progress here.

9/4/06 - Lake Barkley State Resort Park, Cadiz, KY - The Pufferfish Caught on 9/11/2006 in Corydon, IN
10/12/06 - Ben Hawes State Park, Owensboro, KY - The Spanish Cape Mystery Caught on 10/17/06 w/a strange journal entry
10/12/06 - John James Audubon State Park, Henderson, KY - The Summons
12/2/06 - Kentucky Dam Village State Resort Park, Gilbertsville, KY - Animal Dreams
3/9/07 - Lake Malone State Park, Dunmor, KY - Finding Moon Journaled on 5/9/07 by a new member
3/9/07 - Jefferson Davis Monument State Historic Site, Fairview, KY - The Ghostway
5/15/07 - Mineral Mound State Park, Eddyville, KY - The Legend of Bagger Vance
5/19/07 - Kenlake State Resort Park, Hardin, KY - Alfred Hitchcock and the Three Investigators in the Secret of Terror Castle
6/30/07 - Natural Bridge State Resort Park, Slade, KY - Circle of Friends Caught on the same day by a new member!
7/26/07 – Wickliffe Mounds State Historic Site, Wickliffe, KY - The Tree Bride Journaled by a new member on 7/27/07 and re-released on 8/15/07
7/26/07 – Columbus-Belmont State Park, Columbus, KY - The Chamber Caught by a new member and re-released in Seattle, WA on 9/3/07
9/12/07 - Rough River State Resort Park, Falls of Rough, KY - The Telling
10/23/07 - My Old Kentucky Home State Park, Bardstown, KY - Happy Halloween Emily!
03/08/08 - Barren River Lake State Resort Park, Lucas, KY - The Da Vinci Code Caught by an AF the same day!
10/08/08 - Pennyrile State Resort Park, Dawson Springs, KY - The Virgin of Small Plains
10/17/08 - Perryville Battlefield State Historic Site, Perryville, KY - Cold Mountain
10/17/08 - Old Fort Harrod State Park, Harrodsburg, KY - My Mountain Song
11/18/08 - E.P. "Tom" Sawyer State Park, Louisville, KY - Second Contact
08/06/09 - Lincoln Homestead State Park, Springfield, KY - The Cat Who Played Brahms
04/19/11 - Pine Mountain State Resort Park, Pineville, KY - Lake Wobegon Days
04/21/11 - Kingdom Come State Park, Cumberland, KY - Tears of the Giraffe
04/22/11 - Dr. Thomas Walker State Historic Site, Barbourville, KY - Kentucky!
04/22/11 - Cumberland Falls State Resort Park, Honeybee, KY - The River King
04/22/11 - General Burnside State Park, Burnside, KY - Valley of Fear
04/12/12 - Levi Jackson State Park, London, KY - To Kill a Mockingbird
04/15/12 - Fort Boonesborough State Park, Richmond, KY - Big Fish Journaled by a new member on 7/25/2012.
05/18/13 - Blue Licks Battlefield State Resort Park, Carlisle, KY - Mary Engelbreit's Outdoor Companion
05/20/13 - Big Bone Lick State Historic Site, Union, KY - Skinny Dip
05/20/13 - General Butler State Resort Park, Carrollton, KY - Dead Over Heels
05/20/13 - Butler-Turpin State Historic House, Carrollton, KY - October Sky
10/03/15 - Green River Lake State Park, Campbellsville, KY - Passin' Through Journaled by an AF on 10/10/15.
01/31/16 - Old Mulkey Meeting House State Historic Site, Tompkinsville, KY - The Fuzzy Duckling
05/18/16 - Waveland State Historic Site, Lexington, KY - Here We Go Again: My Life In Television Journaled by an AF before I could make it home!
05/22/18 - Paintsville Lake State Park, Paintsville, KY - Runaway Pony
05/22/18 - Jenny Wiley State Resort Park, Prestonsburg, KY - Spence and Lila Journaled by a new member on 11/4/18.
05/23/18 - Yatesville Lake State Park, Louisa, KY - The Search for Delicious
07/25/18 - White Hall State Historic Site, Richmond, KY - Garden of Secret's Past
07/25/18 - Taylorsville Lake State Park, Mt. Eden, KY - The Magic School Bus on the Ocean Floor
10/31/18 - Grayson Lake State Park, Olive Hill, KY - Fishes Journaled by an AF on 11/9/2018
11/1/18 - Greenbo Lake State Resort Park, Greenup, KY - Hope Was Here
11/2/18 - Carter Caves State Resort Park, Olive Hill, KY - The Murderer's Maid: A Lizzie Borden Novel

And just in case I do make it to all the National Parks, here's a list of the books I've released so far:

3/12/05 – Chattanooga National Military Park in Chattanooga, Tennessee - Around the World in Eighty Days Caught by a new member on 3/12/05

4/16/05 – The Trail of Tears National Historic Trail in Hopkinsville, Kentucky - The Sum of All Fears Caught by a new member on 5/1/05

6/11/06 – Fort Donelson National Battlefield in Dover, Tennessee - Heaven and Hell

7/25/06 – Abraham Lincoln's Birthplace National Historic Site in Hodgenville, Kentucky - The Kalahari Typing School for Men

8/24/06 – Corinth Civil War Interpretive Center in Corinth, Mississippi - Dream Country

3/11/07 – Chickamauga National Military Park in Oglethorpe, Georgia - The Great Taos Bank Robbery and Other Indian Country Affairs

3/13/07 – Canaveral National Seashore in New Smyrna Beach, Florida - The Cat Who Sang for the Birds Caught by a new member on 3/19/07 and re-released in Houston Heights, Texas on 3/28/07

3/18/07 – Stones River National Battlefield in Murfreesboro, Tennessee - The Cobra Event

4/10/07 – Great Smoky Mountains National Park in Cherokee, North Carolina - Sacred Clowns

5/24/07 – Mammoth Cave National Park in Mammoth Cave, Kentucky - The Time Traveler’s Wife Caught by an AF on 9/5/07 in New London, Ohio

6/22/07 – Adams Presidential Birthplaces in Quincy, Massachusetts - To Kill a Mockingbird

6/23/07 – Roger Williams National Memorial in Providence, Rhode Island - Dubliners

6/25/07 – Cape Cod National Seashore in Eastham, Massachusetts - The Dragon Prince Caught by an AF in the lost and found on 7/03/07

6/28/07 – John H. Chafee Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor in Uxbridge, Massachusetts - Help! I’m Trapped in Summer Camp

6/28/07 – Quinebaug and Shetucket Rivers Valley National Heritage Corridor in Sturbridge, Massachusetts - Wild Orchard Caught by an AF on 7/01/07 and re-released in Moultonborough, NH on 7/14/07

6/29/07 – Gettysburg National Military Park in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania - A Good Scent from a Strange Mountain Caught by an AF in North Carolina on 7/04/07

6/29/07 – Catoctin Mountain National Park in Thurmont, Maryland - The Fly on the Wall Caught by a new member on 7/02/07

6/29/07 – Antietam National Battlefield in Sharpsburg, Maryland - The Lost Father

9/24/07 - Shaker Museum (Part of the National Park Service Shaker Historic Trail) in South Union, Kentucky - Artemis Fowl Caught by an AF on 9/25/07

3/9/08 - Lincoln Boyhood Home at Knob Creek in Hodgenville, Kentucky - The Canterbury Tales

7/8/08 - Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial in Lincoln City, Indiana - Prodigal Summer

8/6/08 - Lincoln Home National Park in Springfield, IL - Schweiz

8/9/08 - National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium (part of Silos and Smokestacks National Heritage Area) in Dubuque, IA - In a Sunburned Country

8/12/08 - Amana Heritage Museum (part of Silos and Smokestacks National Heritage Area) in Amana, IA - Head and Heart: American Christianities

8/13/08 - Jefferson National Expansion Memorial in St. Louis, MO - Wolf at the Door

9/14/08 - Lowell National Historical Park in Lowell, MA - A Short History of Nearly Everything

9/19/08 - Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historical Park in Williamsport, MD - Flirting with Pete

9/23/08 - Natchez Trace Parkway in Leipers Fork, TN - Kiln People

5/08/09 - Springfield Armory in Springfield, MA - The Reader Caught by a new member on 5/27/09

5/11/09 - Freedom Trail in Boston, MA - The Color Purple

5/27/09 - Vicksburg National Military Park in Vicksburg, MS - Cold Mountain

10/24/09 - Harpers Ferry National Historical Park in Harpers Ferry, WV - Touch

09/16/10 - Salem Maritime National Historical Site in Salem, MA - The Lace Reader Journaled by a new member on 10/12/10 and rereleased in Nova Scotia.

04/20/11 - Cumberland Gap National Historical Park in Middlesboro, KY - Clay's Quilt

09/16/11 - Touro Synagogue in Newport, RI - The Prince and the Pauper

09/18/11 - New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park in New Bedford, MA - Horrible Harry Goes to Sea Journaled by a new member on 9/22/2011.

09/22/11 - Flight 93 National Memorial in Shanksville, PA - Walk Two Moons

09/23/11 - New River Gorge National River in Fayetteville, WV - Flashback Journaled by a new member on 9/23/2011.

04/13/2012 - Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area near Stearns, KY - Velva Jean Learns to Drive Journaled by an AF and re-released in LaGrange, KY on 6/1/2012.

09/21/2012 - Thomas Edison National Historical Park in West Orange, NJ - Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass

05/17/2013 - Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park in Dayton, OH - The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio

05/25/2014 - George Rogers Clark National Historical Park in Vincennes, IN - Johnny Tremain

06/22/2014 - Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore in Porter, IN - Kilt Dead

06/23/2014 - Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore in Empire, MI - To Kill a Mockingbird

09/19/2014 - Ozark National Scenic Riverways in Van Buren, MO - Our Town

09/19/2014 - Wilson's Creek National Battlefield in Republic, MO - Dog On It Journaled by a new member on 9/28/14.

09/22/2014 - White Sands National Monument in Alamogordo, NM - The Day the Music Died Journaled by a new member and re-released on 9/28/14.

09/23/2014 - Carlsbad Caverns National Park in Carlsbad, NM - The Great Toy Escape Rescued from the lost and found by a park ranger on 11/21/2014.

09/25/2014 - Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona - Song of the Bones

09/26/2014 - Petrified Forest National Park in Arizona - Runaway Ralph Journaled by a new member and traveled to Australia!

09/29/2014 - Fort Smith National Historic Site in Fort Smith, AR - Picture of Innocence

05/04/2015 - Little River Canyon National Preserve in Fort Payne, AL - The Girl With No Shadow Journaled before I could make release notes by an AF.

05/08/2015 - Russell Cave National Monument in Bridgeport, AL - The Fifth Elephant

05/18/2016 - William Howard Taft National Historic Site in Cincinnati, OH - Homeland and Other Stories

10/12/2016 - Blue Ridge Parkway in Virginia - Midwife of the Blue Ridge Journaled by a new member on 12/27/16.

10/12/2016 - Shenandoah National Park in Virginia - A Discovery of Witches

10/13/2016 - Cedar Creek and Belle Grove National Historical Park in Middletown, Virginia - Big Stone Gap

10/13/2016 - Manassas National Battlefield Park in Manassas, Virginia - Truly Kentucky: A Culinary Gift from the Bluegrass Journaled by a new member on 10/17/16.

10/14/2016 - National Mall and Memorial Parks in Washington, DC - To Kill a Mockingbird

10/21/2016 - Fort Necessity National Battlefield in Farmington, PA - Spooky Magic

2/11/2017 - Shiloh National Military Park in Shiloh, TN - The Integral Trees

09/18/2019 - Assateague Island National Seashore in Virginia - Sweet Water

05/10/2022 - Appomattox Court House National Historic Park in Appomattox, Virginia - Baking Day at Grandma's

05/10/2022 - Jamestown National Historic Site in Jamestown, Virginia - Bunny's Book Club This book was journaled by a new member on 05/11/2022

05/12/2022 - Wright Brothers National Memorial in Kill Devil Hills, NC - The Tale of Peter Rabbit

05/13/2022 - Yorktown Battlefield in Yorktown, VA - Excellent Ed This book was journaled by a new member on 05/17/2022.

Wow! I really did move here from Florida! But how did they know that?

You Are 5% KENTUCKY!

You surely were't born and raised in the Bluegrass! You must have moved here from Florida! I think it's time for you to hit the library and do some serious research!!!!" style="color: blue;">How Kentucky Are Yall!" style="color: blue;">Take More Quizzes

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