Maybe you don’t know who the Bella Twins are, or think that the only person who goes by the moniker “Edge” is a the guitarist for U2, but chances are you have young adult patrons who are fans of WWE’s WrestleMania and know that the Bella Twins are a WWE tag team, and Edge won Royal Rumble 2010! That’s why you should register for YALSA’s WrestleMania Reading Challenge!
Other reasons you should register:
- You get free posters and bookmarks!
- One of your patrons/students could win a trip to Atlanta to see WrestleMania live!
- Your library could win free books or $2,000!
- It is a great tie-in to Teen Read Week!
- You can reach reluctant readers you might otherwise not reach!
The WrestleMania Reading Challenge is really a great opportunity to reach out to the the reluctant readers and patrons you might not see as often. Bambi Mansfield, a library director in Michigan, found that participating in the Challenge brought new users into her library.
You must register by July 31st to participate in the Challenge, so the clock is ticking! The Challenge is open to patrons in grades 5 through 12. The commitment, length, and rules have changed this year, so if you participated in the past and felt it was too difficult, please reconsider.
It is free, and we will provide a toolkit and wiki with lots of ideas to implement the program. You can put forth as little or as much effort as you have the time, and you do not need to have an interest in wrestling to run it.
More information and the link to register can be found at YALSA’s website. If you have questions, we are more than happy to assist, or you can contact YALSA directly.
If you have participated before, please share your experience in the comments.