Thursday, July 16, 2015

Trivia Night

My library had another Trivia Night last week. This is a team competition, held every two or three months. I'm the captain of our team, which consisted of four people the first two times we competed. This time one of our members couldn't make it, so we did some recruiting and got up to six people.

The contest consists of 10 questions in each of 5 categories. When I saw the list of categories, I thought we were doomed:

National Parks

One of our members owns a health food store . . . how much could we possibly know about candy? An embarrassingly large amount, as it turned out.

Railroads? National Parks? A member is an editor of a children's magazine, and another member is retired from a similar job. As you might imagine, they've picked up lots of useful facts—useful on Trivia Night, anyway. And I was startled at how many National Parks answers I pulled out of thin air. I have no idea how I knew them. I didn't know beans about railroads though.

I was hoping for some math problems (the not-terribly-difficult variety), but the questions in that category were about the history of math. One of our members is a college student, and another remembers her education. (What a concept.) We did well.

As for superheroes, my grandson keeps me up to date on Batman, and the others took care of some of the rest. It was our worst category, but still not bad. We came in a close second. But I award us my own personal Grand Prize for sustained hilarity.


Julia said...

It sounds like it was a lot of fun. I probably would have failed at railroad and National Parks.
Have a great day.

Susan said...

Thanks, Julia! Why couldn't they have a rug hooking category? LOL

crystal said...

You must be the only other person I know besides me and my sister who goes to the library. I would have been good at superheroes - I read all the comics and watched the movies :)

Susan said...

Our library is fairly popular, I'd say--and not just with retirees. They have a nice children's section with regular activities, and the same for young adult. Lots of general activities too, like book clubs and the Scrabble I play every week.

Too bad I couldn't have emailed you on the Superheroes during the competition, Crystal. :-)

crystal said...

:) The library here sounds like yours. Lots of people of all ages. I was just there today with my sister and picked up a few movie DVDs. One recent thing I like about it is that it has kindle books that can be checked out online ... yours too?

Indigo Bunting said...

Love it!

Helen said...

What fun! And our library is always hopping; it's become a community centre of sorts.

Susan said...

Yes, they have electronic books for download. And audio books for mp3 players. And probably other options I haven't heard about.

I'd say our library is a community center of sorts too. It has come a long way from the little storefront library that existed when my kids were small, run by a non-librarian who told me I was a bad mother because I wouldn't let my 2-year-old have a lollipop she offered. :-)