Presenting library book cart drill teams (!?!)

Library book cart drill team

Library Book Cart Drill Team in the Westhampton Beach (New York) St. Patrick’s Day Parade

A couple of months ago I posted some videos of librarians doing parodies of popular songs. In the process of looking for them, I found some that featured library book cart drill teams.

That’s right. Beginning in 2004, the American Library Association and DEMCO, one of the major library vendors, have sponsored a Book Cart Drill Team competition. Teams of librarians choreograph routines that involve pushing or pulling library book carts to music. The idea has caught on! Enjoy.

The Cart Wheels (Des Plaines Public Library) rehearse for the 2007 Fourth of July parade in Des Plaines, Illinois.

2011 California School Library Association and DEMCO Book Cart Drill Team Competition, won by the Black Swan Book Cart Drill Team from San Bernardino (with no apologies to Tchaikowski’s Swan Lake!)


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A team from the Daniel Boone Regional Library took second place at the 2007 Missouri Library Association conference. They called themselves the Dewey Decimators–surely first place among all drill team names anywhere!

And the 2010 winners of the competition that started it all, the American Library Association itself. Enjoy “The Night of the Living Librarians.”

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Photo source: Some rights reserved by Joe Shlabotnik.


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