What do you do when you have lots of tote bags, pens, freebies, galley proofs, donated books and more floating around your library?
Host a Book Bingo, of course!
A few weeks ago, I teamed up with our Youth librarian to have a night of bingo at the library, and the meeting room was packed! Everyone who won a round had their choice from all kinds of goodies - and we didn't spend a dime except for popcorn and drinks!
We were told that bingo HAS to last at least 2 hours next time, and that we should do it quarterly. We've already booked our next Book Bingo night. :-)
Here was my favorite part:
We had about 50 of those annoying troll dolls that were popular a few years ago. We had lots of special rounds, and during one of them, we told them the winner would get to choose how many of the trolls they would like.
So we start the round, and a few minutes later, we hear "Bingo!" from the back of the room. This boy, maybe 10 or 12 years old, was our winner. After verifying his numbers, we asked how many of these uglyass trolls he would like.
You know what he said?
He wanted one for every person in the room, so that everyone got a prize for the evening.
We had just enough trolls, and they became the lucky charm for all our attendees.
Isn't that the sweetest thing?