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Tomorrow is the 2nd Free Stuff Friday!

That’s right — you have another chance to win a $10 gift card to either Target, Barnes & Noble, or Eat n’ Park TOMORROW for Free Stuff Friday! However, there have been some questions about how it works. So, here are a few simple rules!

  1. The first person to post a comment wins.
  2. You can only win once. (Sorry, Hannah D — you’ll always be our first winner!)
  3. Comments can be posted on ANY POST!
  4. BUT comments only count after the Free Stuff Friday post goes up tomorrow morning. Once you see we’ve posted, please comment on any other post (comments will be disabled on the Free Stuff Friday post itself).
  5. Make sure you leave your NAME and E-Mail address on your comment so that we can contact you! (Feel free to also let us know which library you frequent the most.)

Make sense? I sure do hope so. Leave a comment if you have any questions and I’ll be sure to answer before the contest starts tomorrow morning. Check back in the morning and WIN!

Corey
CLP, Main

Take our poll: Do you like Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss?

It was announced today that actress Jennifer Lawrence has been cast as Katniss Everdeen in the super-very-exciting Hunger Games movie!

What do you think of Jennifer Lawrence (Winter’s Bone) as Katniss?

(polls)

Bracketology 101 for Teens

Obama chose all four #1 seeds to make the Final 4, with Kansas taking it all.

March Madness is now officially underway, and millions of people all over the world, from offices to high schools, have their brackets all filled out and raring to go. Yesterday, President Barack Obama made his picks, as you’ve made yours.

Each year, as more star players bolt for the NBA early, the tournament seems as topsy-turvy as ever. So, how do you make your picks? Some people (me) use a simple combination of seedings and guts. But others use MATH.

You might remember the Five Thirty Eight Blog as the go-to place for election statistics and predictors, but with the NCAA Tournament rearing its ugly head, they’ve dedicated a few posts to the statistical research & analysis that goes into making tournament picks.

The bracket itself is here. The magic (i.e., the heavy data analysis), you can find here.

The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh also has a few books on the topic, from books about the history of the tournament and its cultural relevance to a thrilling mystery that uses the “Final 4″ as its backdrop.

Who do you have taking it all? I’ve got Pitt, UConn, Ohio State, and Kansas in the Final Four, with Kansas beating Ohio State 74-71 to win. See my bracket below (and for those of you doing the ESPN Tourney Challenge, you can compare your points with mine here!).

~Joseph
Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, Main – Teen

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