Librarian Book Cart Drill Championships to be held

Contacts: Macey Morales / Jennifer Petersen
ALA Media Relations
312-280-4393 / 5043
mmorales@ala.org / jpetersen@ala.org

NEWS
For Immediate Release:
June 11, 2009

CHICAGO – The fifth annual Library Book Cart Drill Team Championship, showcasing library workers performing inspired dance routines with costumes and creatively decorated book carts, will be held from 4 to 5:30 p.m., Sunday, July 12.  The competition is one of the many events taking place during the American Library Association’s (ALA) Annual Conference held July 9 – 15 at the McCormick Place West.

Book Cart Drill Teams increase the visibility of the library in their community. Teams can be found at community events such as parades and festivals, traveling to grade schools to promote literacy and provide library staff with the opportunity to build morale and encourage teamwork.

“Each year this event brings in a standing room only crowd to cheer on their favorite team,” said ALA Conference Services Director Deidre Ross. “The competition is just another example of how librarians, like libraries, can be fun and hip.”

This year’s competing teams include: 

  • “Oak Park Public Library Warrior Librarians,” Oak Park (Ill.) Public Library
  • “Delaware Diamonds,” The State of Delaware
  • “Baraboo Bookers” Baraboo (Wis.) Public Library
  • “Steel City Kings,” University of Pittsburgh
  • “Cart Wheels,” Des Plaines (Ill.) Public Library

This event is sponsored by DEMCO, who will provide book carts for the event as well as prizes.  First, second and third place winners will receive a plaque, Gold, Silver or a Bronze full-sized book cart. Award-winning children’s book author/illustrator Mo Willems (The Elephant and Piggie books) and Jon Scieszka “The Stinky Cheese Man and other Fairly Stupid Fairy Tales”) will serve as Color Commentators for the event.

Media wishing to attend the event may contact Macey Morales, Media Relations manager, 312-280-4393 or via e-mail at mmorales@ala.or, or Jennifer Petersen, ALA PR coordinator, 312-280- 5043 or via e-mail jpetersen@ala.org.  For more information regarding the ALA Annual Conference please visit www.ala.org/annual.