March Madness hits the library!

Here’s another great idea for a library display that goes along with March…or rather March Madness.  I swiped it from a librarian friend of mine, Susan R. Meyers who works in a neighboring district high school. Of course she credits her intern for the concept.  So go on over and read and see their set up.

Dorman High School Library’s March Madness 2013

It’s going to be a fun project.  Here’s how I came up with our version of a Library March Madness.

In our Destiny Program, I ran a report for the Top Titles (Reports–>Library Reports–>Top/Bottom Titles). I adjusted the time frame to use one year as basis for the report.

Reading the report, I eliminated those titles I knew had inflated circulations due to in-library use with classes in the library.  Once I had sixteen titles, I set out to create the brackets.

I found and printed the covers, seeded them (numbered them one through sixteen) and then worked out the brackets.  Yes, I had to research seeds in a sixteen-team tournament, but luckily our library assistant is a high school softball coach (and middle school basketball coach) so she is well versed in tournament brackets and how they work. She sketched out the brackets and where to place seeds.

Our Tournament of Library Books will be decided using voting.

  • For our “Sweet Sixteen” Week during week one, students will use a ballot to select a winning title from the paired books for each of the eight “games.”  This will determine our “Elite Eight” that will compete in week two of our tournament.
  • The ballot for the “Elite Eight” in week two will feature the four pairs competing in the quarterfinals, and students must select one from each pair, narrowing it down to the semi-finalist titles. 
  • Week three’s ballot will feature the semifinalists, aka the “Final Four,” and students will be invited to vote to narrow us down to the two books that will be squared off for the Finals.
  • Week four’s ballot will only have the two finalists on it, and students will decide using votes which book will be declared our March Madness Champion.

Prizes: I haven’t really come up with a great plan to reward students, but I think during Week One, we’ll ask students on the ballot to predict the champion title, and then all who predict accurately get in a drawing at the end to win our school’s “Cafe Coupon” on “Cavalatte Coupon” and a free book of their choice.  We’ll fund these with fine money–> twenty or so fifty cent coupons.


Want to know which titles are in our Sweet Sixteen?  Head on over to the library blog Cavaliers Read to see.

Can you name these “tweet” reads?

Our USC School of Library and Information Science school library intern Lori Willis-Richards created this awesome book display in our Dorman library during November. We are going to sponsor a contest in which our students must guess the books.

Want a taste? I don’t have all the pics, and we know we need to fix one, but here are a few. See if you can guess the popular YA Lit title.


Today live from Seattle, WA where the American Library Association‘s Midwinter conference was coming to a close today, a live webcast of the ALA Youth Media Awards was broadcast for anyone who wanted to tune in. EXCITING! This was the part of the conference that announces all the annual youth book awards (and assorted other media based on books) is announced. Some like to refer to it as the “Oscars” for children and youth book lovers.

So, yeah, today was a “nerdfest” of sorts for book lovers, and DHS librarians were entranced in listening live as well. It was exciting not only to hear the announced titles of the winners and honor books live (the Honor designation sort of means a second place shared by as many as eight books.) I actually guessed the Newbery title: “The One and Only Ivan,” written by Katherine Applegate, is the 2013 Newbery Medal winner. The book is published by HarperCollins Children’s Books, a division of HarperCollins Publishers.

Want to see the complete list of winners and honor books? CLICK HERE

Here are the titles from the list that my school, Dorman High School, has in its collection:

Coretta Scott King (Illustrator) Book Award recognizing an African American author and illustrator of outstanding books for children and young adults:
(Honor) “Ellen’s Broom,” illustrated by Daniel Minter, written by Kelly Starling Lyons and published by G. P. Putnam’s Sons, a division of Penguin Young Readers Group

Michael L. Printz Award for excellence in literature written for young adults
(Honor) “Code Name Verity” by Elizabeth Wein, published by Hyperion, an imprint of Disney Book Group;
(Honor) “Dodger” by Terry Pratchett, published by HarperCollins Children’s Books, a division of HarperCollins Publishers;

Schneider Family Book Award for books that embody an artistic expression of the disability experience:
The teen (ages 13-18) award winner is “Somebody, Please Tell Me Who I Am,” written by Harry Mazer and Peter Lerangis and published by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing Division.

Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Award for most distinguished informational book for children as well as YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults
(Honor for both lists) “Titanic: Voices from the Disaster,” written by Deborah Hopkinson and published by Scholastic Press, an imprint of Scholastic Inc.

Stonewall Book Award – Mike Morgan & Larry Romans Children’s & Young Adult Literature Award given annually to English-language children’s and young adult books of exceptional merit relating to the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender experience:
October Mourning: A Song for Matthew Shepard,” written by Lesléa Newman and published by Candlewick Press;

William C. Morris Award for a debut book published by a first-time author writing for teens:
Seraphina,” written by Rachel Hartman, is the 2013 Morris Award winner. The book is published by Random House Children’s Books, a division of Random House, Inc.
We have two of the four other books were finalists for the award:
Love and Other Perishable Items,” written by Laura Buzo, published by Alfred A. Knopf, an imprint of Random House Children’s Books, a division of Random House, Inc.;
After the Snow,” written by S. D. Crockett, published by Feiwel and Friends, an imprint of Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group

YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults:
(Honor) “Steve Jobs: The Man Who Thought Different,” written by Karen Blumenthal, published by Feiwel & Friends, an imprint of (Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group;

Odyssey Award for best audiobook produced for children and/or young adults, available in English in the United States:“The Fault in Our Stars,” produced by Brilliance Audio, is the 2013 Odyssey Award winner. The book is written by John Green and narrated by Kate Rudd. Side Note: While we don’t have this audio book, it did win an audio book category, and it’s an extremely popular print book at DHS.