Did a Seattle Library Just Break a World Record?

Melissa Knowles

Today's solstice marks the official start of summer. For most school-age kids, the beginning of summer is not just an opportunity to sleep in but also a reminder that those long summer reading lists await them. The Seattle Public Library wanted to do something to get students pumped up about getting started on their summer reading.

So the library teamed up with two college students to kick off its 2013 Summer Reading Program by breaking a world record. It took seven hours, but with the help of 27 volunteers, who set up 2,131 books, the library displayed a book domino chain that spelled the word "READ."

According to the library, its book domino chain broke the world record for the longest book domino chain ever. As each book collapses onto the next, casual readers sit and lie among the books, lounging on beach towels. The book domino chain seems to span the entire lower level of the library, and once the final book falls (neatly into the hands of a student), those present erupt into cheers because their book domino chain was a success. That's definitely the loudest you'll hear people at the library.

The video for the library's impressive feat has been viewed more than 315,000 times on YouTube so far. Commenters are loving the clever idea. One person wrote, "I love that the first book is called, 'Fall.'"

The library makes note that no books were harmed during the filming of the video. All books used in the domino chain were either donated or out of use, and they are now for sale to help raise money for library programs and services.

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