Sunday, May 02, 2004

Champion BookCrosser Worked in Saskatchewan Libraries

I'm sad to see this story in this week's BookCrossing News from Ron Hornbaker:

I'm saddened to report that long-time BookCrosser Richard Loeffler
(screen name rloeffle) of La Ronge, Saskatchewan died suddenly on
April 17th, 2004. Richard currently has the most books registered on
BookCrossing (7,551) and was responsible for distributing most of them
around small communities in the north of his Canadian province. He was
employed by the library system in La Ronge, and used his library
contacts to spread the BookCrossing word widely across isolated
Northern communities.

Richard was passionate about committing 'random acts of literacy'
anonymously. He was featured in a great USA Weekend story on
(, and did
that and much more to help promote our cause. His family has asked
that, in lieu of flowers, memorial donations be made in his name to
the La Ronge Public Library Building Fund, c/o First Call Funeral
Services, 708 La Ronge Ave., La Ronge, SK., Canada S0J 1L0.

Not too long ago I had visited rloeffle's page on BookCrossing and marvelled at what he had done. Definitely a special person.

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