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We have our Book Madness winners!

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on April 7th, 2015

It was extremely close, but J. R. R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings edged out Margaret Atwood’s A Handmaid’s Tale to be named ICPL’s 2015 Book Madness champion in the Teens & Adults bracket.

The Children’s bracket winner was the Percy Jackson series by Rick Riordan. The demigod beat out Mo Willems’ Elephant and Piggie series.BookMadness

Nearly 100 patrons turned in completed brackets, but only 14 had the winning title in their bracket — seven in the Teens & Adults bracket, and seven in the Children’s bracket. We moved to a point system to determine our winner (one point for every correct title moving on to Round 2, two points for every correct title in the Sweet 16, three points for every correct title in the Elite 8, etc.).

The winner of the Children’s bracket racked up 72 points, while the winner in the Teens & Adults bracket earned 81 points. We will contact them this week.

Library staff also participated in the competition, though none had Percy Jackson winning the Children’s bracket and only one staff member picked Lord of the Rings to win the Teens & Adults bracket.

Thank you to everyone who participated in this year’s Book Madness! Remember, you can find a list of all 2015 titles here.

 

Book Madness: The Final Round

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on April 4th, 2015

At the beginning of March, 128 books (64 titles in two brackets: Children’s, and Teens & Adults) were vying for ICPL’s 2015 Book Madness champion title.BookMadness

Your votes have narrowed that vast field of classic literature, childhood favorites, and pop culture must-reads to four books: Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale; The Lord of the Rings by J.R. R. Tolkien; Rick Riordan’s Percy Jackson series; and the Elephant and Piggie series by Mo Willems.

Now it is time to choose which books will be named the 2015 Book Madness Champion in their bracket.

2015 BOOK MADNESS: ADULTS & TEENS

The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

vs.

The Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien

2015 BOOK MADNESS: CHILDREN’S

Percy Jackson (series by Rick Riordan)

vs.

Elephant and Piggie (series by Mo Willems)

Voting begins now and will continue until we close Monday night. We will announce our winning Book Madness titles Tuesday and will contact our contest winners soon after. Remember, you can vote by visiting the Library. You can also vote online on our Facebook page or send a tweet to @ICPL using the #ICPLBookMadness hashtag! We’ll accept social media votes until 9 p.m. Monday.

You can find the list of all books in this year’s Book Madness literary competition here.

Book Madness Update: And then there were four

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on March 30th, 2015

It wasn’t easy, but you managed to whittle 64 titles down to four in ICPL’s Book Madness.BookMadness

In the teens and adults bracket, How to Tell If Your Cat is Plotting to Kill You by The Oatmeal was the winning title in our Humor Me category, while Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale won the Books That Blow Your Mind category. Local author Sarah Prineas was voted the winner of the Iowa Writers category and The Lord of the Rings was named the best Big Book Worth the Effort.

In the children’s bracket, Percy Jackson edged out The Pigeon to win the Beloved Character category, while Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White won the Books That Got You Hooked on Reading category. Elephant and Piggie were named the Best Series and Bill Thomson’s Chalk took the Wordless Picture Book category.

How will these books fare against each other? Your votes decide!

Voting for the Finals begins now and continues until 6 p.m. Saturday. Be sure to stop by the Library this week to vote for the books you want to see go head-to-head. We will update the bracket Sunday morning.

We are open from noon to 5 p.m. on Easter Sunday.

If you can’t make it to the Library before Saturday, you can vote on our Facebook page or send a tweet to @ICPL using the #ICPLBookMadness hashtag! We’ll accept social media votes until 6 p.m. Saturday.

You can find the list of all books in this year’s Book Madness literary competition here. We also have extra brackets at the Children’s Desk, Help Desk and Info Desk if you’d like to pick one up as a reading list.

BOOK MADNESS 2015: TEENS & ADULTS FINAL FOUR

How to Tell If Your Cat is Plotting to Kill You by The Oatmeal vs. The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

The Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien vs. The Magic Thief series by Sarah Prineas

BOOK MADNESS 2015: CHILDREN’S FINAL FOUR

Percy Jackson vs. Charlotte’s Web by E. B. White

Elephant and Piggie vs. Chalk by Bill Thomson

Book Madness Update: We have our Elite Eight!

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on March 28th, 2015

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The votes are in! Below are the titles and beloved book characters that are our 2015 Book Madness Elite Eight!

Be sure to visit the Library this weekend to vote for your favorite book(s) to advance to the Final Four! We’ll update the brackets on Monday!

If you can’t make it to the Library this weekend, you can vote on our Facebook page or send a tweet to @ICPL using the #ICPLBookMadness hashtag! We’ll accept social media votes until 8:30 a.m. Monday.

And if anyone knows how to choose between Island of the Blue Dolphins and Charlotte’s Web in the Books That Got You Hooked on Reading category, please let us know. It’s too hard!

You can find the list of all books in this year’s Book Madness literary competition here. We also have extra brackets at the Children’s Desk, Help Desk and Info Desk if you’d like to pick one up as a reading list.

Book Madness 2015: Adults and Teens

HUMOR ME

  • How to Tell If Your Cat is Plotting to Kill You by The Oatmeal
  • Bossypants by Tina Fey

BOOKS THAT BLOW YOUR MIND

  • The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
  • Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card

BIG BOOKS WORTH THE EFFORT

  • The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
  • The Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien

IOWA WRITERS

  • Dewey: The Small-Town Library Cat Who Touched the World by Vicki Myron
  • The Magic Thief series by Sarah Prineas

Book Madness 2015: Children’s

BELOVED CHARACTERS

  • Percy Jackson
  • The Pigeon

BOOKS THAT GOT YOU HOOKED ON READING

  • Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O’Dell
  • Charlotte’s Web by E. B. White

BEST SERIES

  • Little House on the Prairie
  • Elephant and Piggie

WORDLESS PICTURE BOOKS

  • Flora and the Flamingo by Molly Idle
  • Chalk by Bill Thomson

Book Madness Update: What titles, characters will make our Sweet 16?

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on March 23rd, 2015

I didn’t fill out a NCAA basketball bracket this year and that’s a good thing because it would be busted by now. My Book Madness bracket, however, still has a chance.BookMadness

Below are the titles in our Second Round. You have until the Library closes on Wednesday to vote for the titles, characters you want to see advance to the Sweet Sixteen. We will reveal the updated bracket Thursday morning.

If you would like a list of every title in this year’s Book Madness competition, click here.

Book Madness 2015: Adults and Teens

HUMOR ME

  • Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
  • How to Tell If Your Cat is Plotting to Kill You by The Oatmeal
  • Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
  • The Bedwetter by Sarah Silverman
  • One for the Money by Janet Evanovich
  • A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole
  • Bossypants by Tina Fey
  • I Drink for a Reason by David Cross

BOOKS THAT BLOW YOUR MIND

  • A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving
  • House Rules by Jodi Picoult
  • Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro
  • The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
  • Foundation by Isaac Asimov
  • Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk
  • Cat’s Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut
  • Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card

BIG BOOKS WORTH THE EFFORT

  • 100 Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  • Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
  • Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace
  • The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
  • East of Eden by John Steinbeck
  • David Copperfield by Charles Dickens
  • The Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien
  • Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand

IOWA WRITERS

  • A Lantern in Her Hand by Bess Streeter Aldrich
  • A Thousand Acres by Jane Smiley
  • Lila by Marilynne Robinson
  • Dewey: The Small-Town Library Cat Who Touched the World by Vicki Myron
  • The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid by Bill Bryson
  • On the Island by Tracey Garvis Graves
  • What’s Eating Gilbert Grape? By Peter Hedges
  • The Magic Thief series by Sarah Prineas

Book Madness 2015: Children’s

BELOVED CHARACTERS

  • Olivia
  • Laura Ingalls Wilder
  • Winnie the Pooh
  • Percy Jackson
  • Pete the Cat
  • Curious George
  • Little Critter
  • The Pigeon

BOOKS THAT GOT YOU HOOKED ON READING

  • Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O’Dell
  • A Bargain for Frances by Lillian and Russell Hoban
  • The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
  • The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster
  • Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
  • The Giver by Lois Lowry
  • Charlotte’s Web by E. B. White
  • Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery

BEST SERIES

  • Lunch Lady
  • Diary of a Wimpy Kid
  • Magic Tree House
  • Little House on the Prairie
  • Amulet
  • Babymouse
  • Rainbow Magic Fairies
  • Elephant and Piggie

WORDLESS PICTURE BOOKS

  • Journey by Aaron Becker
  • The Snowman by Raymond Briggs
  • Flora and the Flamingo by Molly Idle
  • A Boy, a Dog, and a Frog by Mercer Mayer
  • Owly by Andy Runton
  • The Umbrella by Ingrid and Dieter Schubert
  • Chalk by Bill Thomson
  • Fox’s Garden by Princesse Camcam

 

And the winners are …

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on April 8th, 2014

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Harry Potter was able to disarm Mo Willem’s pigeon, taking the top spot in the 2014 ICPL Book Madness Children’s Bracket. It was a close race between The Chosen One and the mischievous bird, but the final round of voting had a clear winner.

We will give the pigeon a cookie, with nuts, as a consolation prize.

In the Teens and Adults bracket, Harper Lee’s classic, To Kill a Mockingbird, defeated Douglas Adams’ The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.

Several weeks ago, we asked our Facebook friends to name a book they had to read in school and ended up loving, and most responses listed To Kill a Mockingbird. Take heart, English teachers. Your students still love that book.

Thank you so much for participating in our first ever Book Madness! We can’t wait to do it again next year!

ICPL Book Madness Final Four

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on March 31st, 2014

The ballots have been counted and we have our ICPL Book Madness 2014 Final Four!

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2014 BOOK MADNESS FINAL FOUR

Children’s Bracket

Harry Potter vs. Shel Silverstein poems

Pigeon books by Mo Willems vs. Amelia Bedelia books by Peggy Parish

Teens & Adults Bracket

The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins vs. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams

Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris vs. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

Voting in this round continues through Saturday so stop by and vote for your favorite(s). If you can’t make it to the Library this week, feel free to leave your vote in the comments.

Eight titles advance in ICPL’s Book Madness

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on March 29th, 2014

I don’t know how your March Madness bracket looks at this point, but if it’s anything like some of the comments we’ve received in our Book Madness voting, things have not gone the way you hoped.book madness 8

It isn’t easy pitting books against each other. One father told me Nancy Drew was doomed, as our bracket had her competing against The Chosen One (Harry Potter) in the first round.

You don’t have to be a girl detective to know that wasn’t going to end well for Nancy.

Still, our patrons pushed on, casting votes for their favorite children, teen and adult titles, allowing us to narrow our brackets from 64 titles to eight.

That’s right — we have our Elite Eight.

2014 BOOK MADNESS ELITE EIGHT

Children’s Bracket

Harry Potter versus the Magic Tree House series

Curious George by H.A. Rey and Margaret Rey versus Pigeon books by Mo Willems

Amelia Bedelia books by Peggy Parish versus Mercy Watson books by Kate DiCamillo

Shel Silverstein poems versus Smile by Raina Telgemeier

Teens & Adults Bracket

The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins versus The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris versus Hyperbole and a Half: Unfortunate Situations, Flawed Coping Mechanisms, Mayhem, and Other Things That Happened … by Allie Brosh

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee versus The Shining by Stephen King

Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson versus The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams

Elite Eight voting continues through Sunday, so be sure to show support for your favorite(s). If you can’t make it to the Library this weekend, feel free to leave your vote in the comments.

We’ll post an update naming the 2014 ICPL Book Madness Final Four on Monday.

 




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