I'm on the learning end of this topic. I've been blogging for 2 1/2 years, but haven't gotten heavily involved in networking or partnering, so I'm anxious to learn more. My limited experience was while I was working at the library - I teamed up with a fellow blogger and another library to create Library Bingo.
The originial idea came from Jenners at LifeWithBooks. She created the "Take-A-Chance Challenge". With Jenners' permission, I adapted her idea to work as a reading program for library patrons. We featured six categories:
- Random library location - draw a shelf number and read a book found on that shelf.
- Random word - draw a word from the hat and read a book with that word in the title.
- Random author - all fiction authors available at the library were thrown in the hat - draw a name and read anything by that author.
- Random year - draw a year and read any New York Times Bestseller from that year.
- Judge a Book By It's Cover - select a book you are unfamiliar with based solely on the cover design.
- Read a non-fiction book.
Each patron received a standard 5X5 bingo card containing 25 different book categories - romance, mystery, 2010 bestsellers, staff recommendations, Kansas authors, foreign setting, etc. Reading five books, one from each category in a row, made a BINGO and earned a prize. A blackout - reading all 25 categories - earned a larger prize plus immunity from library fines for 1 year. The program was a huge success. One high school English teacher used it in her classroom, several area libraries hi-jacked the idea for their own reading programs. I even sent sample cards to libraries and bloggers outside our area because they read it about it on this blog. And all because I read a book blog . . .