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'Attention!' Librarians Take the Stage for Drill Team Competition

May 8, 2008

Falmouth, Mass. - Decorated book carts, music, and dancing librarians aren't the usual fare at libraries -- but the Massachusetts Library Association conference in Falmouth today will be the site of the state's first librarian book cart drill team competition. Four teams will compete for the best-choreographed dance, and Gerry Deyermond, from the Memorial Hall Library in Andover, is excited about the events scheduled.

"We have one signature drill, it's a pinwheel. We all get in line and then form a circle. It seems to get a lot of rave reviews."

The conference has been going on all week with seminars covering topics such as computer skills and gaming. Deyermond says the drill team competition is a fun way to team-build.

"It's a completely different concept to have the conference at a library and I think it helps with morale. With the budget cuts and layoffs, it just kind of helps."

Libraries from Andover, Plymouth, Sandwich and Arlington will be competing. Deyermond says Andover may have a leg up, as their library drill team performs every year at the town parade.

A national competition will be held by the American Library Association later this year in California.

Kevin Clay, Public News Service - MA