This month marks the one-year anniversary of the “Books on Tap” program at the Bainbridge Island branch of the Kitsap Regional Library in Washington. Held at 7:30 p.m. on the first Wednesday of each month, the program invites patrons ages twenty-one and older to a popular local pub and pizzeria, the Treehouse Café, for literary trivia and word games. The library created this programming to specifically appeal to the elusive younger adult demographic (those in their twenties and early thirties), who—particularly compared to other age groups—were underserved by library programs.
The idea for the program was born at an all-staff day, and puts a special library twist on the practice of getting a drink with friends after work. All of the team games and trivia are book-related, taken from a list of approximately fifty books that is compiled before the event. For those who are feeling particularly competitive, the book list is available and can be picked up at the library beforehand.
Those who haven’t pre-read solely in preparation for trivia domination aren’t excluded, however, as the titles that make the monthly list range from current bestsellers, to staples from a tenth-grade English classroom. Past works have included Tina Fey’s Bossypants, A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin, and Charlotte Bronte’s Jane Eyre. Following the trivia is an hour of word games, such as Scrabble, and those who don’t wish to play themselves can act as referees.