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January 6, 2016

Which Game of the First Library Olympiad Would I Medal In? - Guest Post by Chris Grabenstein


In the much-anticipated sequel to ESCAPE FROM MR. LEMONCELLO'S LIBRARY, MR. LEMONCELLO'S LIBRARY OLYMPICS, teams from across the country are competing in the most bookish competition ever created! There are library cart relay races, Dewey decimal classification games and even a Reading While Eating contest. Therefore, we thought it was only fair to ask the author, Chris Grabenstein, what he would excel at were he invited to play along. See his response, below!

If I were competing in MR. LEMONCELLO'S LIBRARY OLYMPICS, I'd have to hope that my teammates were really, really good. That way, they could cover for me the way my hero, Kyle Keeley's, teammates cover for him.

I don't think I'd be much help in the Dewey decimal classification games.   When I'm writing my Lemoncello books, I have a team of crackerjack librarians I can call on to help me get my classifications numbers right.  (All the librarians in the books are named after librarians on my Book Nerd Squad, not to be confused with the Geek Squad at Best Buy).

I'd probably do okay in the Reading While Eating competition.

I might also be pretty good in the library cart relay race, although I don't think I would have the fancy drill team moves demonstrated by the Pacific Team in the new book. By the way, library cart drill teams are a lot of fun to watch.  Especially when costumes and props are involved.

I got the idea for the Olympic game from the ALA's library cart drill team competitions, which take place at their annual conventions and deserve their own YouTube Channel.

In the end, I think I might perform best in the same games that my hero, Kyle Keeley, excels at:  the rebus puzzles and X-Boxish "Fly Like A Pterodactyl" game, which was inspired by the "Pterosaurs: Flight In The Age Of Dinosaurs" exhibit at the American Museum of Natural History here in New York City. Using motion sensor technology similar to that in an X-Box with Kinect, the AMNH exhibit allowed visitors to flap their arms and fly like the prehistoric creatures of the sky.