Last year in the lull of cold wintertime, I decided to create a march madness bracket between YA lit characters. After realizing the scale of work I was undertaking I offered up the program to four other branches in our district. With them on board we were able to launch our passive program that started in the last week of February and finished up that same week of the NCAA National Championship.
All the files I created are uploaded into google drive and most can be opened with Microsoft publisher.
I started the process in mid January and it was a sprint to gather up everything for the event but there were few things that were helpful.
- I gathered characters for the brackets from multiple teen librarians across our system.
- I was able to get funding for a Grand Prize (Kindle fires were on sale for that week)
- I did a lot of hand sells in week one, tempting kids two win the grand prize.
- After the initial voting period I also got another prize for kids to enter into a prize drawing. Every time they submitted a ballot their name was entered into the drawing. This helped kids who arrived late or made (terrible) Choices (no Jackson Artemis Fowl is not going to go all the way.) that kept them out of winning in the later rounds.
So for this bracket use the google drive.
- Create your list of Characters
- Print off a Giant Poster with the Brackets and dates. I divided up the regions with some silliness.
- Print off your ballots
- Print off the Brochures. there are ones for each region. If you add new characters replace and create a new bio.
- Print off a leader board. Points for founds increased each round. Round 1 a right answer is worth 1 pt, Round 2=2pts, Round 3=4pts, Round 4=8points, Round 5=16 points…etc
- Set out new ballots every week, and watch a harry potter character win…I mean err… Well probably a Harry Potter Character will win?
Overall this was a great passive program and with most the ground work done with a little printing a prize (even if it’s just bragging rights) you can set this up in your branch fairly quickly.