If the weather is starting to get a bit warmer, things are looking a little more spring like, and you’re preparing to flip your calendar from February to March, it can only mean one thing. March Madness is almost here!
I’ve thought March Madness is the best time of the year for much of my life; partly because I love basketball, partly because I have a birthday smack in the middle of the first round of the NCAA Tournament, and partly because Spring is my favorite season – and March Madness ushers in the new season. But beyond that, March Madness brings us brackets, upsets, and the wild endings we’ve come to expect from the NCAA Tournament. It’s a time for us to bond around college basketball. Even those of us who don’t follow it the rest of the year fill out a bracket and follow the games until our brackets all end up in a paper shredder.
If you want to celebrate March Madness this year, the library has you covered:
- Fill out a bracket in our NCAA Bracket Challenge, which gives you the chance to have your name permanently put on a plaque in the library’s Sports Neighborhood. Just visit our website the Sunday evening after the brackets are announced, until the start of the games on Thursday, and fill out your bracket for a chance to win.
- Stop by the library and watch the first four days of games in our Auditorium. We will have two screens showing games simultaneously to quench the most avid college basketball fan’s thirst.
In the meantime, here are some titles from our collection to get you in the spirit of March Madness:
Cinderella: Inside the Rise of Mid Major College Basketball by Michael Litos
The Dandy Dons: Bill Russell, K.C. Jones, Phil Woolpert, and One of College Basketball’s Greatest and Most Innovative Teams by James W. Johnson
Shooting Star: The Bevo Francis Story: The Incredible Tale of College Basketball’s Greatest Scorer by Kyle Keiderling