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Wandering Books

Frequently Asked Questions


Wandering BooksWhat are wandering books?  How can I get my hands on one?

Beginning in mid-July, MHC and its partners will release 250+ copies of our One Maryland One Book (OMOB) selection, The Distance Between Us, in six communities: Calvert, Charles, Frederick, Harford, St. Mary’s, and Talbot Counties.
We will post clues to their locations throughout the summer via Twitter and Facebook. If you find a copy, log on to to register it, read the book, and then release it back into the world for the next reader to enjoy.

What’s in it for me? 

Wandering Books is an enjoyable, free and fun way to read a new book, participate in One Maryland One Book, and it’s a contest!  Readers who register a wandering book on will be automatically entered to win a $25 Barnes and Noble gift card. Four winners will be drawn in late September.

I found a wandering book and read it. What do I do next? 

Visit and enter the code number found inside the cover.  This is a FREE site, no paid membership is required.  Post your review or reflections on the book (feel free to share your thoughts on social media as well) and then release it back into the world!


I didn’t find a wandering book, but I want to join a discussion and/or submit a review.

You can send us your review via email at or post a comment on the OMOB Facebook page. You can find book discussions at partner and co-host sites via our events calendar. Better yet, sign up to receive our monthly E-newsletter, Opening Eyes, to receive information about what’s happening in your area.


I want to post a review, but I’m not sure what to say. 

The Reader's Guide found on the How to Participate page can provide you with lots of jumping off points via discussion questions, other reviews, and more.