Relay for Life is a huge event in our town, and everyone participates in one way or another. This year, one of the teams kicked off a new fundraiser - a trivia challenge, held on a Saturday night, for which teams could sign up, register and compete.
Like a flash, the library put together a trivia team and excitedly registered.
It wasn't until weeks later we found out that apparently we were scaring off the competition. Folks in town heard that the library had a team, and were suddenly hesitant to register. Even the night of the challenge, several people commented that they didn't stand a chance against a crowd of librarians.
As it turns out, they were right. Our trivia team won the challenge, and celebrated by donating back the majority of our cash winnings that night.
It was great to contribute to this cause, we had a blast, we satisfied our competitive streak, but most importantly, folks around town recognized that librarians are smart, intimidating, to be taken seriously, and that maybe they should spend a little more time in the library.
And how. :-)