Wikipedia tells us the first use of the word “trivia” to describe a competition in which players vie with each other in their knowledge of useless-but-fun facts appeared in the Columbia Daily Spectator on February 5, 1965. It’s doubtful if that piece of trivia will come up in the Library’s first Trivia Night, but librarians Maggie Nunley and Paula Archey guarantee that other more fascinating tidbits of insignificance will.
Library staff, undergrads, grad-students, and faculty—anyone interested in competing in teams of at least six—can sign up here and come to the competition in Alderman Library, Room 421 at 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, February 2nd—Groundhog day!
The format will be fun and quick and probably last about 30–40 minutes. If the trivia won’t entice you, come for the snacks! It’s an opportunity to get away from that laptop and test your knowledge of all things trivial. Nunley and Archey “thought it would be really fun to make part of the challenge to beat the ‘home’ librarian team.” Stickers will be awarded, and trophies that you’ll be proud to display in your office. If you don’t care to play but still have a great piece of trivia that you’d like to suggest, please send it to either Paula Archey or Maggie Nunley.
There will be four Trivia Nights in all—February 2nd, February 21st, March 15th, and April 25th. The Library will send out calendar invites for each.