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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!

April Displays

by Anna Sewell on April 2nd, 2014

The Library has several new displays this month… Stop by and check them out!

poetryThe National Poetry Month display is located next to the Help Desk on the first floor.  Staff are keeping it stocked with a good variety of new and classic poetry.  You can also celebrate National Poetry Month by coming to Meeting Room A on Tuesday, April 8, from 12-1:00 p.m. to hear The Read Aloud group from Iowa City/Johnson County Senior Center read some of their favorite poems.

YAWe have a new display of Young Adult books in the Gallery area on the first floor, One Read Fits All.  ICPL staff members love YA books!  Our 2012 and 2013 picks for Book of the Year were both YA books, John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars and Rainbow Rowell’s Eleanor & Park.  Come check out some of our other favorites.  You can always find more in the Young Adult collection on the Library’s second floor.

Book Madness is still going strong, and we’re down to the Final Four:

  1. Harry Potter vs. Shel Silverstein poems
  2. Pigeon books by Mo Willems vs. Amelia Bedelia books by Peggy Parish
  3. The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins vs. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
  4. Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris vs. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

Stop by before the end of the day on Saturday to vote for your favorites!

rainy dayAre you tired of this dreary weather? Come to the Library’s second floor and check out our Things to Do on a Rainy Day display to help inspire you to have fun indoors.  We’re keeping this filled with books about games, crafts, cooking, baking, organizing, indoor gardening, drawing, and so much more!

Stay tuned for a display from the Digital History Project on April 22.  We’ll have photos from the Digital History Project’s scanning days.  We will also have books about genealogy and family archive preservation on a display nearby that will be available for check-out.

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.