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Last week we announced the ultimate CSCC Library March Madness book champion…The Hunger Games. Now, we can answer the question that you are dying to know – which voting participant’s name was selected in the prize drawing?

Congratulations goes to:

Joyce Chapman!

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Joyce is the Business and Technology Secretary at Cleveland State, and was an avid voter in the March Madness competition. She wanted to participate in March Madness because she loves reading and the library and thought that the promotion tied in well to other events throughout March. Although she said that she had no idea who would win, Joyce voted for The Hunger Games throughout the entire competition. She is a huge fan of the book, especially the part when Katniss volunteers to take Prim’s place as a tribute. When asked about her favorite character in the book, her answer was clear:

“Katniss! I fell in love with her character in the first few pages. She loved her family and friends in every way possible. She stood up for what she believed in. Goodness always wins over bad.”

So what was Joyce’s prize? She was able to select a book to take home from a list of previous Pages titles. Which book did she choose? The Hunger Games, of course!

Congratulations Joyce, and thanks to everyone for participating in the competition! If you enjoyed playing along, keep an eye out for a similar promotion next year. May the odds be ever in your favor!

 

*Do you want to know more about Pages or give us feedback on the program? Share your thoughts with us here, or go to the survey.

 

 

The final votes are in, the responses have been tallied, and now, the moment you’ve all been waiting for! After a long, tough battle, the Ultimate CSCC Library Book Champion is…

 

 

 

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The Hunger Games barely scraped past classic favorite To Kill a Mockingbird by a margin of only 5 votes – not much, considering we had 145 votes in this round alone! The victory was certainly earned though, as the road to the Championship proved tough for this huge favorite. Remember – in the Sweet Sixteen, this victor was almost knocked out by Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice; only two votes separated the two.

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It’s been an exciting Library March Madness! Thanks to everyone for supporting your favorites throughout – we hope your bracket didn’t suffer from too many upsets along the way! Should this competition become an annual staple at the Library? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.

Are you curious as to who won the prize for their participation? Check back with us soon to find out who the lucky voter was!

Favorites were pitted against favorites, but, now only two are left standing. So here it is, the Championship Game that you’ve been waiting for:

The Hunger Games, which narrowly squeaked past The Great Gatsby (by only 3 votes!) will take on To Kill a Mockingbird, which had a strong showing over The Hobbit.

The Hunger Games vs. To Kill a Mockingbird

International bestseller vs. International bestseller

Female author vs. Female author

Young female protagonist vs. Young female protagonist

A time of great turmoil vs. A time of great turmoil

This should be interesting! Do you know who you think should win? VOTE NOW to support your favorite! Remember, for each vote you submit, your name is entered into our prize drawing. You can vote online or you can submit a paper ballot at the library.

  • Round 1 – Sweet Sixteen: March 3 – March 10
  • Round 2 – Elite Eight: March 11 – March 16
  • Round 3 – Final Four: March 17- March 23
  • Round 4 – Championship Game: VOTE NOW through March 30
  • March 31 – CSCC Library Book Champion announced and prize drawing held!

We’re just one week away from determining the ultimate CSCC Library Book Champion, so make sure you have your say in who wins!

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The Final Four

In what proved to be much more decisive battles than last week, the votes are in and the Final Four have been determined! The next round has what promises to be some very close matchups, so make sure to continue to VOTE for your favorites!

Final Four:

  • The Hunger Games
  • The Great Gatsby
  • To Kill a Mockingbird
  • The Hobbit

All four are international bestsellers. All four have film adaptations (three of which are very recent!). And all four have huge fan bases. So which two will make it to the Championship Round? Cast your votes now, so that you can have your say! Remember, for each vote you submit, your name is entered into our prize drawing. You can vote online or you can submit a paper ballot at the library.

  • Round 1 – Sweet Sixteen: March 3 – March 10
  • Round 2 – Elite Eight: March 11 – March 16
  • Round 3 – Final Four: VOTE NOW through March 23
  • Round 4 – Championship Game:  Vote March 24-30
  • March 31 – CSCC Library Book Champion announced and prize drawing held!

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The Elite Eight

The votes from Week #1 are finally in! Due to a last minute nail-biter between The Hunger Games and Pride and Prejudice, we had to extend the voting into Monday, but we are now ready to announce the titles that made it into the Elite Eight. There were some landslides, a few unexpected upsets, and some come-from-behind victories that even the Library Staff didn’t predict:

  • Tuesdays with Morrie  defeated The Golden Compass by 5 votes
  • To Kill a Mockingbird had a decisive win over The Kite Runner by taking 24 more votes
  • The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time showed well with 11 more votes than I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
  • The Great Gatsby soundly defeated Outliers: The Story of Success by 17 votes
  • Life of Pi beat out The Fault in Our Stars by 15 votes
  • The Hobbit came from behind to take over Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by 10 votes

And…what ended up being two down-to-the-wire decisions:

  • Water for Elephants oh-so-narrowly defeated popular favorite Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by 1 vote!
  • The Hunger Games  took the last minute win over the classic Pride and Prejudice by 1 vote!

Man, talk about some serious battles! Did your favorites make it through? If so, make sure you continue to VOTE for them in Round #2! There were some very close calls, so every vote definitely counts. Remember, for each vote you submit, your name is entered into our prize drawing. You can vote online or you can submit a paper ballot at the library. The (slightly revised) schedule is below, so make sure you keep playing throughout the month.

  • Round 1 – Sweet Sixteen: March 3 – March 10
  • Round 2 – Elite Eight: VOTE NOW through March 16
  • Round 3 – Final Four: Vote March 17-23
  • Round 4 – Championship Game:  Vote March 24-30
  • March 31 – CSCC Library Book Champion announced and prize drawing held!

The bracket has been updated below, so click here to cast your vote for the newest head-to-head matchups.

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Who says that March Madness has to be all about basketball? Join the library as we take part in this tournament… of books. Through a series of votes, we will narrow down a list of 16 book titles until we determine the ultimate CSCC Library Book Champion! Each week during the month of March, you will have the opportunity to vote on new matchups of two books. By supporting your favorite book, you’ll be entered in a drawing for a prize!

  • Round 1 – Sweet Sixteen: VOTE NOW  through March 9
  • Round 2 – Elite Eight: Vote March 10-16
  • Round 3 – Final Four: Vote March 17-23
  • Round 4 – Championship Game:  Vote March 24-30
  • March 31 – CSCC Library Book Champion announced and prize drawing held!

For each vote you submit, your name is entered into our prize drawing. You can vote online or you can submit a ballot at the library.

So, who made the Sweet 16 of books? Our library staff selected titles from a list of former selections for PAGES, our campus book club.

  • The Golden Compass by Phillip Pullman
  • Tuesday with Morrie by Mitch Album
  • To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
  • The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
  • Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling
  • Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen
  • I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
  • The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
  • The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
  • The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
  • The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
  • Outliers: The Story of Success by Malcolm Gladwell
  • Life of Pi by Yann Martel
  • Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
  • The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time by Mark Haddon

If you see one of your favorites, be sure to VOTE for it! Check out the head-to-heads below.

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Everyone loves the old claymation Rudolph film, right?  How about A Charlie Brown Christmas or How the Grinch Stole Christmas? The only problem is, when it comes to public viewings, those and many other favorites are copyrighted. Without proper permission and licensing, it is illegal to show these films in public. Nothing can ruin a warm holiday gathering like a police raid! The greatest gift you can give this year is the gift of copyright-free holiday videos. Here are some holiday gems that are guaranteed to put a smile on your face (or at least make you go, huh?).

Full length features:

Santa Claus Conquers the Martians

https://archive.org/details/SantaClausConquersTheMartians1964_201310

80 mins

Scrooge (1935)

https://archive.org/details/Scrooge_1935

78 mins

Santa Claus Versus the Devil. (1959, Mexico)

https://archive.org/details/SantaClausversusTheDevil

90 mins

Cartoons:

Christmas Comes But Once a Year (1936)

https://archive.org/details/ChristmasComesButOnceAYear-1936

8 mins

Santa’s Surprise (1947)

https://archive.org/details/SantasSuprise

8 mins

Jack Frost (1934)

https://archive.org/details/JackFrost_

8 mins

Snow Fooling (1949)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9FbV-96f7Zs

6 mins

A Christmas Tree (1959, Russia)

https://archive.org/details/a_christmas_tree_1959_russian_animation

10 mins

Live action, no sound:

Edison Studios – The Night Before Christmas (1908)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HHZdlOSG9ek

8.5 mins

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