Friday, October 29, 2010

How we setup the UCPL Book Challenge

We went back to see how we started with our competitive reading.  We did talk it up to the staff but also sent everyone this official invite memo.asking them to participate.  We sent this to them on January 4 figuring they could still remember anything they had finished reading thus far in 2010.  This memo is also given to all new hires.  We will prorate anyone who joins the contest after the official beginning.

Looking back, we didn't really post a whole lot of rules.  Here is a document with all of our posted rules.

Here are some ideas for your contest.  Post new ideas that you come up with so we can all benefit.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

More information

Look at the fire in their eyes! These people know what is going on because they attended the session at the Missouri Library Conference about Competitive Reading. They are forming their teams now. Click here to get up to speed by looking at our presentation (minus the witty repartee).

Want the scoop short and sweet? We wanted to start a blog but didn't want it to be neglected so we started a reading contest. The only way you get credit for what you read is to post to the blog. Our competitive nature took over after that and we now have a lot of blog posts. Check it out here: We are having a lot of fun with it and think it is time to move into team competition. We want you to start a team and see if you can out read us.

Per the last post about getting started, so far, we have started this blog. We will share our "getting started" materials and you can share yours. Next, we will make up some rules. We have a great prize in mind for the team competition...a trophy, of course,...we can call it the Missouri Reading Cup at least until a better idea comes up. This week, we will be recruiting teams every way we know how. When your team is together send an email to and we will set you up as an author to this blog.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

It's easy to get started

This is all you have to do to get started with your competitive reading:
1.  Start a blog (if you don't already have one).
2.  Make up some rules.
3.  Gather some prizes.
4.  Recruit your team.
5.  Register your team by sending an email to - we will set you up as an author to this blog.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Start your engines!

This is the place where it will all happen starting January 1, 2011.  Missouri libraries are invited to compete in the Missouri Book Challenge, the preeminent reading competition in the nation.  Don't hesitate to register your team by sending an email to