In 2010, the Armstrong Library made its debut in the annual Christmas Parade. We had a dilemma - what does a library do in a parade! We decided to follow the example of other libraries across the country and pimp our book carts and do a book cart drill.
Pimp My Bookcart is a parody of MTV's Pimp My Ride and is an annual contest run by Unshelved, a hilarious webcomic by Gene Ambaum and Bill Barnes that is about a public library and is read by public library staff across the country. The purpose of the contest is to see who can best pimp, trick out, or otherwise improve a standard library book cart. The entries range from outrageous to clever. Check them out here. So we decided we could decorate some book carts for the parade.
But it gets worse. There is also a Book Cart Drill Team competition sponsored by Demco, a library supply company, that is held at the annual American Library Association conference. We decided to try (and we do mean try!) to do a book cart drill.
The theme of the Christmas Parade was Broadway. So how many librarians are characters in Broadway plays? What a challenge! Then our Director remembered - Marian the Librarian from The Music Man. And what better music to drill to than 76 Trombones! We may have made total fools of ourselves, but we definitely had fun.
And that's how our Pimped Out Book Cart Drill Team got started.
Pimping book carts and doing book cart drills are only the tip of the iceburg when it comes to putting a new face on libraries and their staff. Libraries are no longer as quiet as they used to be, and none of us wear our hair in a bun! We invite you to come to the Library and see your local librarians in a whole new way!