Yeah, I know. I think it's Supermegafoxyawesomehot too. (If you don't work there, you may not be able to comprehend the sheer excellence of this idea. But trust me, it's a good one.)
Stay tuned. This is going to get wicked awesome.
No olympics is complete without a proper opening ceremony. As this is the library, this will obviously involve story time. Puppets. Picture books. Fake-dramatic readings of high literature. Real readings of work written by the staff. Skits. Spoofs. Costumes. The works.
This will be the opening ceremony to end all opening ceremonies.
(And obviously, all this will happen at the castle. I mean, where else, right?)
This is just a sampling of the possibilities.
Dewey Treasure Hunt
How well do you know the Dewey Decimal System?
Every team receives a clue that refers to a topic (and thus, a call number.) This event takes the team back and forth through the Junior and Adult non-fiction areas, solving Dewey Decimal riddles, and finding the next clue in the series.
Dressed as pirates. With swords.
The team who reaches the treasure with the fastest time wins.
Roly-chair Shuttle Run
Remember in elementary school when you had to do those physical fitness tests, and there was that weird one where you had to run to a line, pick up a block, take it to the line you started from, and then do it again, all as fast as possible?
That. Except on these blue chairs. At dangerously high speeds. Across freshly waxed tile flooring. With really heavy books.
Synchronized Cart Dance
No seriously. It would be hilariawesome. Points for different categories, just like in ice-skating. Coolness. Cart control. Choice of music. You get the picture.
Cart Speed Relay
Each team will have a cart from every section. (2nd floor, 1st floor, AV, JAV, Picture, and JF & JNF), and a person assigned to each cart. The carts are taken out one at a time. The assigned person must put it away as fast as possible, and bring the empty cart back to the circ room, where they will tag their teammate, and another will go out.
Honorable mentions are given for the fastest individual times, but the event is won by the team with the best overall speed.
Who can hold the most? Books are stacked, one at a time, in the carrying arm. The shelving arm is used only to steady the pile. Count stops when the books are dropped. The contestant whose pile weighs the most is the winner.
Need I say more?
Book-to-Movie Quote Showdown
Like jeopardy, but cooler.
"Horace, do you mind if I take this? I do love knitting patterns."
Capture the flag. With lasers. Inside the library. While it's dark. Anything goes. (Including the attic).
Insult-the-patrons Improv Standup
It's open mic night, and you get to say what you've always wanted to. The patrons will never know. Winner is decided by a panel.
We literally just eat alphabet soup. And alphabits. And pretty much anything letter or word related. (There is no winner. We just eat because it's what we do.)
Ever watch that show? They gave a bunch of super-moms shopping carts and set them loose in a grocery store. They had to get as much stuff as possible, and whoever had the most expensive bill at the end won. There were secret prizes on some products, and some things were more expensive than others.
This isn't that.
But it has similarities.
You are timed, so you have to be fast. And there will be hidden prizes if you choose certain books.
But (much to your relief, I'm sure), it does not involve rampaging around and throwing huge stacks of books into a shopping cart.
Each team has a pre-chosen list of qualifications. "An action-adventure for a third grade boy" or "an emo-tastic teen vampire romance". Your team rushes around the library getting books for each item on the list. Check off as many as you can in the time period. The team with the most points wins. **(see below for more specific rules.)
All the really obnoxious ones have to go. They just do.
(Everyone wins this event.)
Book Drop Derby
Race the bookdrop carts down-hill without crashing. Extra points are given for exceptional steering ability.
Follow the map of middle earth... er... I mean the library. Find the 9 hidden ringwraiths on the map. Go to the rooms they're in. Solve a puzzle/riddle to defeat the ringwraiths. If you fail, you go back to the beginning and start again. If you win, grab the marker, and return to the circ room in the fastest time.
Without any elevators. And no, Sam can not carry you.
A little more of that Laser Tag Capture the Flag fun. Except without flags. And without lasers. And no teams, either.
Plastic weapons hidden around in the stacks. Every man for himself. One winner.
(There are much more detailed rules to this, too, but it's 1:24 am. So I'm not going to write them here.)
The carts in the back make pretty good barricades. And Nerf guns make pretty good toys. Have at it.
(No one wins this one either. It's just for kicks. And camaraderie.)
Those white bins, and those semi-indestructible books are quite a temptation, sometimes. I think an aiming and throwing competition is in order.
Well, obviously. Where would we be without some healthy nerdicism?
Those carts can be mighty hard to handle. Sometimes it seems like they actually want to be rammed into walls.
Complete an obstacle course with a full cart, without smashing too many things. Points are awarded for speed, and taken away for crushing small children.
Points are tallied. Gold medals are awarded. Team points are also tallied. Some people win. The rest eat more food.
Then some more rambunctious silliness. More stories. More spoofs. More puppets.
Oh, and there were Twinkies the whole time.
** Point Rules for Supermarket Sweep: Some books count for more points than others. Popularity, as well as general quality are considered. For example, the item "Young boy finds out he's really a wizard". Harry Potter would get several points for being amazing, but would lose quite a few of them because everyone and their Great Aunt Muriel has heard of it. It would probably come in at 2 points, as a result.
On the other hand, Slathbog's gold would barely get half a point for being dreadful, but no one even know's what the heck it is, so it would gain significantly, and probably reign in at 4 points. Thus making it a better choice than HP.
However, Slathbog's Gold would also qualify for "Has a wardrobe that transports a kid to a magical land", "turns a troll into stone by tricking it into staying out after the sun rises", and "90% of it is plagiarized". You would have to pick only one of these.
Classics get extra points because they aren't in their own section, and the finders must know the author.