2131 books go down

July 26, 2013 • 12:30 pm

Only in Seattle (well, it could have happened in Portland, too). . .

On May 31, the Seattle Public library, with the help of many volunteers, successfully created the world’s largest domino chain of falling books—2131 of them. As the YouTube site notes:

The Seattle Public Library launched the 2013 Summer Reading Program by setting a new world record for the longest book domino chain!

The books used to make this domino chain were either donated or are out of date and no longer in the library’s collection. They are now being sold by the Friends of Seattle Public Library to help raise money for library programs and services.

No books were harmed during the filming of this video.

h/t: SGM

22 thoughts on “2131 books go down

  1. That was fun! But, they must have been under the influence of the christian to have put that many books in danger.

      1. If it wasn’t for the HUGE number of books that I want to read that are not available on Kindle, this would be true, unfortunately we’re not in the paper book free world just yet.

    1. Nah. They used donated books that were either already part of, or destined for, the library’s Friends book sales.

      They did have to pick ’em all up, though, but that would have been done by the volunteers.

    1. I think there is a theorem that goes there are no uninteresting numbers. If you find one, that would be the first one and that would be interesting in itself…

      1. I think the number 4 in itself is boring. But if you combine it with a 2 it makes perfect sense. Which in a way is interesting, so I guess you’re right.

        There are no absolute uninteresting numbers.

  2. At the finale there was a sidebar taking you to an explanation of how the Canada US border was established. Most interesting too.

  3. Hmmm as a former public librarian I tried to fit this into S R Ranaganathan’s Five Laws of Library Science:

    Books are for use.
    Every reader his [or her] book.
    Every book its reader.
    Save the time of the reader.
    The library is a growing organism.

    just don’t see it

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