Mount Juliet High School is having its first very own March Madness tournament with brackets and prizes and everything. It is not for basketball however, it’s for books.
Ms. Holloway, the library media specialist came up with the idea, with the help of other librarian friends and Pinterest, to hold this event. As far as she knows, this is the high school’s first march madness book tournament. Holloway thinks that it is the ideal season in the school year with all the hype about how fantastic our basketball team is doing.
The contest began last week, and it started with a long list of books that faculty and students both were encouraged to vote on. The voting for the first round ended on March 7 at noon. So far, over 360 students and faculty have voted. Odds are looking good for The Hunger Games and Harry Potter to say the least.
A Google Form was sent out through MJHS guidance’s Remind, and this is where students are able to vote each round. It will also be available on the media center’s website. The voting will close and another form will be sent out for each round. Sweet sixteen voting was opened up on March 8. Working similarly to the regular march madness championship, the highest rated books will go up against the lowest rated one. The class that has the most participation will have all of their library fines forgiven.
Holloway also revealed that at some point during the tournament, there will be brackets available in the library for people to predict the outcomes. Those who get closest to the actual results will not go unrewarded.
Some of the novels on the voting list are The Great Gatsby, The Help, the Harry Potter series, Twilight and The Fault in Our Stars. There are numerous books on the list, so picking out favorites should not be too strenuous.
If you want to keep up with the championship, the bracket, a sizable version, is displayed on the windows of the library, and will be updated as the tournament continues. This unique event is advertising for the library, promoting reading, and giving even bibliophiles something to be a part of.