Marshfield Public Library launches bracket challenge
BY MIKE WARREN
MARSHFIELD — The Everett Roehl Marshfield Public Library has come up with a fun and interactive way to promote children’s books. The library on Feb. 13 launched “Picture Book Madness,” a bracket-style contest to find out what Marshfield’s favorite picture book is, based on votes through Sunday, April 2.
The contest was the brainchild of Rob Schultz, Circulation Services/Library Specialist. “A number of years ago New York Times picked their top 100 picture books, and that’s basically where we got our list,” said Schultz. “So, this is the top 64 from that list essentially. And they’re kind of seeded, you know, just like the top four (teams),” Schultz added. “So, a lot of these people will be familiar with, but some they won’t. So you’ve got your ‘Cat in the Hat’ and ‘Olivia’ and ‘Harry the Dirty Dog.’ I’m sure you’ll recognize some of these, but probably not a lot of them, and hopefully that will encourage people to check them out.”
Schultz says the library’s online ballot includes direct YouTube links to every one of the books being read. “So even if the books aren’t available to be read, they’re all available to be read to you.”
Picture Book Madness brackets can be picked up at the library and online voting can be done at bit.ly/3HOuAaL. Fill out your initial bracket by Sunday, Feb. 26, then vote each week through the library’s website or Facebook page to keep your favorite picture books in the tournament.
“So, you fill out a ballot. We’ll collect those. You fill out which ones you think are your favorites as you work through. Eventually you pick your favorite picture book, just like March Madness with basketball. Depending on the votes in those matchups, that’s how they’ll advance,” Schultz said.
Completed bracket entries must be submitted by Sunday, Feb. 26. “There will be two winners – an adult and a youth – for the bracket challenge, and then there will be a random selection for everybody who participated by voting even one time,” according to Schultz. “Brackets are due by the 26th because that’s when the first round’s essentially going to be done. But, all the way up through April 2nd you can still vote and still participate.”
Point totals increase with each round, and entrants who earn the most points by correctly picking each round’s “winners” will win a copy of Marshfield’s Favorite Picture Book when all is said and done. The winning picture book will be announced on Tuesday, April 4, the day after the NCAA national championship basketball game.
“The goal is to increase reading and to have fun doing it,” Schultz adds. “We’ve all at some point encountered picture books in our lives, so that’s a good way to start something like this. We can all remember some old favorites, and I have always said that you’re never too old to read picture books.”