Team members representing the Santa Monica Public Library won first place in the fourth annual Library Book Cart Drill Team World Championship at the American Library Association’s annual conference in Anaheim Sunday, June 29th.

According to the American Library Association, book cart drill teams are established to “increase visibility of the library in their community, while shattering the conservative stereotype of librarians.”

Teams typically consist of library workers who perform choreographed routines while pushing uniquely decorated book carts. The teams can be found at libraries across America and often perform in community parades and festivals. The Library Association created the Book Cart Drill Team World Championship competition to bring together these drill teams to compete for national acclaim and prizes at its annual conferences.

This year, the Santa Monica Public Library formed a team and entered the competition for the first time. Dubbed the “Well Stacked Sci-brarians,” the team dressed as mad scientists-turned-zombies and put together a routine which included potion-mixing, costume changes and mon- ster makeup.

The Santa Monica team competed against seven other drill teams representing public and school libraries across California, Texas and Delaware. The competition was close, but the Well Stacked Sci-brarians earned first place and were awarded the grand prize — a gold full-sized book cart provided by DEMCO, the competition sponsor.

The team members, who represented four different divisions within the library, include Norma Angel, Diane Bednarski, Rachel Foyt, Lana Fukushima, Shana Johnson, Simran Khalsa, Christa Muscatine, Donnae Tidwell, Ann Wagner and Ivy Weston.

A video of the winning performance can be seen on the official YouTube link at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zZAL0bcO_k8/.

Information about the Book Cart Drill Team World Championship competition, the American Library Association Web site at www.ala.org/.

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