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World Series: Library Rivalries

October 30, 2015

As my friends and family know, the closest I come to appreciating baseball is rereading Shoeless Joe. 

Thanks to public libraries on Twitter, that’s changed.

When Toronto and Kansas City faced each other in the playoffs prior to the World Series, the Toronto Public Library and the Kansas City Public Library started a Twitter rivalry full of book spines and snark. It was magnificent.

Kansas City and Toronto Library Exchange Literary Insults on Twitter.

I’m agnostic about baseball, but I was marginally cheering for the Royals… purely because I am a huge fan of the Kansas City Library. (Hi, Kaite!)

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Liesl Christman sits at a conference table inside the Kansas City Public Library’s downtown branch, surrounded by stacks of books with snappy titles such as “Choke,” ”All Bets Are Off” and “Winning It All.”

The above sets the scene for a very cool behind-the-scenes look at the crafting of bookish Twitter trash-talk. Once again, the Kansas City Public Library is a great example of smart, excellent social media.

Even when they bring the fight to my backyard.

As the Royals and the Mets face off in the World Series, the Twitter feud has shifted to the NYPL and Queens Public Library.

Book spine poetry, baseball hats and snark.

NPR story on the rivalry (audio)

For live updates, follow @KCLibrary  @nypl and @QueensLibrary on Twitter.

If this keeps up, I might just watch baseball. Or at least, keep following it on Twitter

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