Pop Goes the Library

Using Pop Culture to Make Libraries Better.

by Sophie Brookover, Liz Burns, Melissa Rabey, Susan Quinn, John Klima, Carlie Webber, Karen Corday, and Eli Neiburger. We're librarians. We're pop culture mavens. We're Pop Culture Librarians.


If It's Spring Then It Must Be March Madness

Ah, Spring. How do I tell that thou are near? Is it thy birds singing in the trees? Or perhaps thy new buds that are making me sneeze? Oh, vernal equinox that marks the earth’s tilt toward the sun’s fiery ball you are sweet, but not as sweet as the tilt of the ball in the basket of the sixty-four to the sweet sixteen.

Tomorrow it begins. March Madness. The first round of the Men’s College Basketball NCAA Tournament where 64 teams play for the chance to be one of the Final Four in Atlanta. Why do I love this tournament? Because anything can happen. A school that is an underdog can take down a school that is a Goliath. It is bound to happen. Who will it be this year? And I don’t have to miss it because my library is showing the first round of the tourney on the big screen in our TeenZone.


  • At 1:15 AM, Blogger The Editor said…

    This is without a doubt, my FAVORITE two days of sports for the whole year. I just love the energy of the first few days. That's very cool that your library is showing the games. Even at the academic library where I am now our students (all mid 20s to 30s) were filling out brackets and getting excited about the tourney.

    When I was still working in NY publishing, one day we left work at noon (none of us work there anymore) and went to a bar and starting watching games and drinking. We never made it back to work.

    John Klima

  • At 6:26 AM, Blogger Susan said…

    John, I know exactly what you mean! Somehow I don't think offices across America will be completely focused on work this Thursday and Friday. So if a normally quiet and reserved officemate suddenly shouts "Whoo-Hoo!" out of the blue in the middle of the afternoon don't be alarmed. He or she is probably just watching the Big Dance.

  • At 8:13 AM, Blogger Stephanie said…

    That's fantastic that your library is showing the Madness! I am taking the afternoon off from schoolwork to watch, too!

  • At 11:51 AM, Blogger Kathy said…

    I run a NCAA Final Four Gepgraphy challenge contest for my stduents every year. I have a large map of the US, I put map pins and stickers to identify all 64 college teams in the Tournamane then I ask the stduents questions everyday and they put their answers in a box in the media center and I pick 2 winners each day and they get little prizes (such as candy). My question today is, How many teams are locates in states that border a great lake?

    On Monday I will take off the teams that lost over the weekend and continue asking Gepgraphy questions that the kids can answer by looking at the map.

    It's a bit of work for me, but the students seem to like it! And this year the Final Four is in our backyard (Atlanta) so it is a bit more exciting, too bad I couldn't get tickets for the big prize!

    i will try and post pictures of my map on my blog.

  • At 4:21 PM, Blogger Susan said…

    Kathy, what a cool, creative and fun way to learn geography!

  • At 4:22 PM, Blogger Susan said…

    Kathy, what a cool, creative and fun way to learn geography!


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