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We have our winners!

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on April 15th, 2019

Another year of Book Madness has come and gone, and this year’s winners are ….

(drum roll, please)

Children’s Bracket: Dragons Love Tacos by Adam Rubin

Adult and Teen Bracket: Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

Fans of Adam Rubin’s laugh out loud picture book came out in full force the last weekend of voting, stuffing the box with their votes for the taco party enjoyed by dragons. In the end, it was 70 votes for Dragons Love Tacos versus 58 for the beloved duo Frog and Toad.

The Adult and Teen bracket came down to our Facebook poll for a tiebreaker, with both Pride & Prejudice and Becoming garnering the same number of votes in the voting box and on Twitter. The Facebook vote had the final say, with Pride and Prejudice taking the title by six votes.

Thank you, everyone, for participating in this year’s competition! We’ll be contacting our winners soon!

It’s Book Madness time!

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on March 5th, 2019

Our annual literary competition, Book Madness @ ICPL, is back for another year!

Books competing in the 2019 “tournament” fall into eight categories; four for the children’s brackets and four for the teen/adult bracket. The 2019 categories are as follows:

CHILDREN’S: Sports Reads, Dynamic Duos, LOL Picture Books and Historical Fiction.

TEENS/ADULTS: All You Need Is Love, Listen Up!, Short Reads, and Rise Up!

The brackets are displayed in the Library’s Gallery on the first floor. Voting in the first round started on March 4. Remember, it’s up to you to decide which titles advance in each round, so be sure to stop by and vote! We will update the brackets every Monday until there’s a winner. Make sure you vote every week. Books that advance through the “tournament” will be posted on the Book Madness webpage, the first floor display, and updated on Facebook and Twitter.

It’s Book Madness Time at ICPL!

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on March 5th, 2018

It’s Book Madness time at ICPL!

Voting in Round One of our annual literary competition starts today! Stop by the Library before closing time on Sunday, March 11, to see what books are in this year’s competition and submit a vote for your favorite(s). If you want to vote for just one book, you can, or you can choose 32 titles to move forward in the first round; it’s up to you!

Here are the voting dates to remember:

  • First Round: March 5 through March 11
  • Second Round: March 12 through March 18
  • Sweet Sixteen: March 19 through March 25
  • Elite 8: March 26 through April 1
  • Final 4: April 2 through April 8
  • Championship Game: April 9 through April 15

Be sure to check in and vote regularly! The winning book in each bracket will be announced on Monday, April 16.

Book Madness 2017: And the winners are …

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on April 17th, 2017

We counted the votes — all 1,073 of them — and we have our winners!

2017 BOOK MADNESS – CHILDREN’S BRACKET

The Giver by Lois Lowry

2017 BOOK MADNESS – TEEN AND ADULT BRACKET

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

Thank you to everyone who participated! Patrons who submitted the winning brackets will be contacted this week with details about how they can claim their $25 gift certificate to Prairie Lights prize.

Remember, you can find the complete list of books in this year’s literary competition here.

Book Madness Championship Round

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on April 10th, 2017

There’s just one week left in our 2017 Book Madness literary competition, with the following books still in the running for this year’s crown:

2017 BOOK MADNESS – CHILDREN’S BRACKET

The Giver by Lois Lowry vs. Little House series by Laura Ingalls Wilder

2017 BOOK MADNESS – TEEN AND ADULT BRACKET

1984 by George Orwell vs. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

Be sure to stop by before the Library closes on Sunday for vote for your favorite title. We’ll announce the winning books, one in each bracket, on April 17!

Here’s our 2017 Book Madness Elite Eight!

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on March 27th, 2017

Many NCAA March Madness brackets blew up this weekend — and the same could be said for our Book Madness brackets, too. We were surprised to see which titles didn’t advance to our Elite Eight (sorry, Drama). We have no idea what our Final Four will look like. Be sure to stop in before the Library closes on Sunday to vote for your favorite remaining books!

2017 BOOK MADNESS – CHILDREN’S BRACKET

Banned Books

  • The Giver by Lois Lowry vs. A Light in the Attic by Shel Silverstein

Forgotten Classics

  • Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren vs. George and Martha by James Marshall

Series and Sequels

  • Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney vs. Little House series by Laura Ingalls Wilder

Best Book Artists

  • Mo Willems vs. Brian Selznick

2017 BOOK MADNESS – TEEN AND ADULT BRACKET

Dystopian Fiction

  • 1984 by George Orwell vs. The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

Graphic Novels and Comics

  • Naruto by Masashi Kishimoto vs. Blankets by Craig Thompson

Historical Fiction

  • The Book Thief by Markus Zusak vs. Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe

Whodunit?

  • The Complete Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle vs. In Cold Blood by Truman Capote

It’s here: Book Madness Sweet Sixteen!

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on March 20th, 2017

Here are the titles that advanced to the Sweet Sixteen round of our 2017 Book Madness competition:

2017 BOOK MADNESS – CHILDREN’S BRACKET

Banned Books

  • Drama by Raina Telgemeier
  • The Giver by Lois Lowry
  • A Light in the Attic by Shel Silverstein
  • Yertle the Turtle by Dr. Seuss

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2017 Book Madness: Time to vote for the Sweet Sixteen

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on March 13th, 2017

The Book Madness brackets have been updated to show titles advancing to the Second Round.

2017 BOOK MADNESS – CHILDREN’S BRACKET

Banned Books

  • Drama by Raina Telgemeier
  • The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman
  • A Wrinkle in Time by Madeline L’Engle
  • The Giver by Lois Lowry
  • A Light in the Attic by Shel Silverstein
  • Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson
  • Yertle the Turtle by Dr. Seuss
  • Julie of the Wolves by Jean Craighead George

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It’s Book Madness Time at the Library!

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on March 1st, 2017

Grab your brackets and a pencil (or pen, if you’re feeling lucky) — it’s Book Madness time at ICPL!book-madness

Visit our display on the Library’s first floor to see which titles will face off in this year’s literary competition. Be sure to pick up a bracket! Anyone who returns their bracket by March 5 is in the running for a $25 gift certificate to Prairie Lights! (We’ll have two winners; one in the Children’s bracket and another in the Teens and Adults bracket).

Beginning March 6, you can vote for your favorite title in our Book Madness brackets. To start, we have 64 titles in four categories. Submit a vote for your favorite(s) – if you want to vote for just one book, you can, or you can choose 32 titles to move forward in the first round; it’s up to you! – and watch as the titles progress.

Here are the voting dates to remember:

  • First Round: March 6 through March 12
  • Second Round: March 13 through March 19
  • Sweet Sixteen: March 20 through March 26
  • Elite 8: March 27 through April 2
  • Final 4: April 3 through April 9
  • Championship Game: April 10 through April 16

The winning book in each bracket will be announced on Monday, April 17.

Here’s a list of this year’s books. Who do you think will win it all?

2017 BOOK MADNESS – CHILDREN’S BRACKET

Banned Books

  • Drama by Raina Telgemeier
  • And Tango Makes Three by Justin Richardson
  • George by Alex Gino
  • The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman
  • A Wrinkle in Time by Madeline L’Engle
  • Captain Underpants by Dav Pilkey
  • The Giver by Lois Lowry
  • In the Night Kitchen by Maurice Sendak
  • It’s Perfectly Normal by Robie H. Harris
  • A Light in the Attic by Shel Silverstein
  • Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson
  • Strega Nona by Tomie dePaola
  • Yertle the Turtle by Dr. Seuss
  • Bone by Jeff Smith
  • Julie of the Wolves by Jean Craighead George
  • It’s a Book by Lane Smith

Best Book Artists

  • Oliver Jeffers
  • Rosemary Wells
  • Jan Brett
  • LeUyen Pham
  • Mo Willems
  • Eric Carle
  • Tomie dePaola
  • Sandra Boynton
  • Kevin Henkes
  • Jerry Pinkney
  • Lois Ehlert
  • Graeme Base
  • Jon Klassen
  • Brian Selznick
  • Pamela Zagarenski
  • Molly Idle

Forgotten Classics

  • Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren
  • Millions of Cats by Wanda Gag
  • Heidi by Johanna Spyri
  • Pollyanna by Eleanor H. Porter
  • The Black Stallion by Walter Farley
  • Caps for Sale by Esphyr Slobodkina
  • The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams
  • Black Beauty by Anna Sewell
  • Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel by Virginia Lee Burton
  • Half Magic (Tales of Magic, #1) by Edward Eager
  • The Story of Ferdinand by Munro Leaf
  • A Girl of the Limberlost by Gene Stratton-Porter
  • The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare
  • George and Martha by James Marshall
  • Higglety Pigglety Pop! by Maurice Sendak
  • Time Cat by Lloyd Alexander

Series and Sequels

  • Big Nate by Lincoln Pierce
  • Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney
  • Galaxy Zack by Ray O’Ryan
  • Geronimo Stilton by Various Authors
  • The Princess in Black by Shannon and Dean Hale
  • A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket
  • American Girl by Various Authors
  • Who Was … by Various Authors
  • Little House series by Laura Ingalls Wilder
  • Olivia by Ian Falconer
  • Frog and Toad by Arnold Lobel
  • How Do Dinosaurs… by Jane Yolen
  • Elephant and Piggie by Mo Willems
  • Amulet by Kazu Kibuishi
  • Zita the Spacegirl by Ben Hatke
  • Mercy Watson by Kate DiCamillo

2017 BOOK MADNESS – TEENS AND ADULTS BRACKET

Dystopian Fiction

  • The Passage by Justin Cronin
  • The Stand by Stephen King
  • 1984 by George Orwell
  • The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
  • The Testing Trilogy by Joelle Charbonneau
  • When She Woke by Hillary Jordan
  • The Children of Men by D. James
  • The Fireman by Joe Hill
  • The Road by Cormac McCarthy
  • California by Edan Lepucki
  • Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
  • The Red Rising Series by Pierce Brown
  • The Last Policeman Trilogy by Ben H. Winters
  • Neuromancer by William Gibson
  • The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer
  • Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess

Graphic Novels and Comics

  • All Star Superman by Grant Morrison
  • Batman: The Killing Joke by Alan Moore
  • Scott Pilgrim by Bryan Lee O’Malley
  • Locke & Key by Joe Hill
  • Palestine by Joe Sacco
  • March Trilogy by John Lewis & Andrew Aydin
  • Blankets by Craig Thompson
  • Fun Home by Alison Bechdel
  • Lumberjanes by Noelle Stevenson & Shannon Watters
  • Epileptic by David B.
  • Naruto by Masashi Kishimoto
  • Paper Girls by Brian K. Vaughan
  • Bone by Jeff Smith
  • Peanut by Ayun Halliday
  • The Sandman by Neil Gaiman
  • Attack on Titan by Hajime Isayama

Historical Fiction

  • Loving Frank by Nancy Horan
  • Clara and Mr. Tiffany by Susan Vreeland
  • All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
  • The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
  • My Name is Mary Sutter by Robin Oliveira
  • Cold Mountain by Charles Frazier
  • The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco
  • Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See
  • Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  • Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  • All the Pretty Horses by Cormac McCarthy
  • City of Thieves by David Benioff
  • Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel
  • The Alienist by Caleb Carr
  • The Quiet American by Graham Greene
  • Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe

Whodunit?

  • Under the Banner of Heaven by Jon Krakauer
  • The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson
  • Tell No One by Harlan Coben
  • Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
  • Shutter Island by Dennis Lehane
  • Death of a Red Heroine by Qui Xiaolong
  • In The Woods by Tana French
  • Death of the Mantis by Michael Stanley
  • In Cold Blood by Truman Capote
  • The Complete Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
  • Helter Skelter by Vincent Bugliosi and Curt Gentry
  • Bill Hodges Trilogy by Stephen King
  • Armand Gamache series by Louise Penny
  • Luckiest Girl Alive by Jessica Knoll
  • Baby Ganesh Agency series by Vaseem Khan
  • The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith

We have our Book Madness winners!

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on April 11th, 2016

It was a heated competition, but Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451 defeated Suzanne Collin’s The Hunger Games to be named ICPL’s 2016 Book Madness champion in the Teens & Adults bracket.

The Children’s bracket winner was Wonder by R. J. Palacio. This wonderful (pun intended) book beat out Erin Hunter’s Warriors series.BookMadness

Nearly 100 patrons turned in completed brackets, but only four had the winning title in their bracket — one in the Teens & Adults bracket, and three in the Children’s bracket. We moved to a point system to determine our winner in the children’s bracket (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.). We will contact the winners this week.

Thank you to everyone who participated in this year’s Book Madness! Remember, you can find a list of all 2016 titles here. Please let us know if there’s a category and/or book title you’d like to see in next year’s competition!