Saturday, November 8, 2008

Vote For Books at Fast Break Event

Last Sunday (November 2) the 6th Annual Fast Break for Fathers and Families event was held at Carnegie Science Center. Anita and I helped Charity with a table to represent the Allegheny County Libraries Association. Our theme this year was “Vote for Books!” Since the election followed this event, we decided it would be nice to give children a chance to vote on some of the 2008 ALA Notable books. The following eight books were selected for our voting ballots: Nic Bishop Spiders, Lightship, The Many Rides of Paul Revere, Henry’s Freedom Box: A True Story from the Underground Railroad, Pictures From Our Vacation, Frankenstein Takes the Cake, Robot Dreams, and There is a Bird On Your Head. These books were also purchased to be raffled off to participating book voters after the event. Each voter received a voting pin and or a "Vote for Books" book mark. We made book lists designed as bookmarks, with the 2008 ALA Notable titles printed on them and brought many of the books to display at our tables. Beginning for Books also supplied us with stickers, bookmarks and some pamphlets on their programs.

There was a great turn out for the event! We had 55 voters cast their vote and the winner (drum roll please) was Frankenstein Takes the Cake: Which is Full of Funny Stuff Like Rotting Heads and Giant Gorillas and Zombies Dressed as Little Girls and Edgar Allen Poe. The Book, We Mean, Not the Cake by Adam Rex. We selected eight children to receive the books we had purchased and sent the books to be picked up at the library near each child.
We also had a table for children to create posters to tell everyone what book they like. We had a few children create posters for us, but there were so many things to do at the Science Center that our poster station did not receive enough attention. However, we were thrilled to see a few children take the time to sit and view the books we had on display before casting their vote! Nic Bishop Spiders was also a big hit!