Book Madness, the Park Ridge Library’s version of the popular college basketball tournament brackets contest, begins Monday, March 2. During Book Madness, Library patrons can complete a set of brackets by guessing which of 16 of the most popular books of last year will become the champion. In the children’s department edition, 32 books will compete. Sixteen books will be featured in the teen version.
Patrons of all ages can pick up a blank set of brackets at one of the Library service desks. There is a separate set of brackets and different prizes for kids, teens and adults. Children and teens must turn in their completed brackets by Sunday, March 8, in order to qualify for a prize. Adults' brackets are due March 15. Points are awarded for each correct guess and prizes are awarded to the top finishers.
Through April 12, patrons can vote weekly for their favorites to make it through each round to become the winner. Voting can be done online or at the service desks at the Library.
“Book Madness is a chance for readers to cheer on their favorite book or author,” said Laura Scott, Adult Services manager. “It also gives us a chance to share with patrons which books were the most popular of the past year.”
Staci Greenwald, Youth Services Manager, agrees. “Kids and teens get really into the idea of their favorite books advancing through each round,” she said. “Given all the popular book series, it’s exciting to see which authors return from one year to the next and which newcomers make it deep into the tournament.”
Books are chosen based on patron demand in 2019. For more information, call 847-825-3123.