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Seattle Public Library Sets World Record for Longest Book Domino Chain

It took a total of seven hours of setup and five tries, but at around 11 p.m. on Friday, May 31, The Seattle Public Library set the world's record for the longest book domino chain.

The record-breaking event, which was held to launch the 2013 Summer Reading Program, took place on the third floor of the Central Library, 1000 Fourth Ave. A total of 2,131 books followed a complex pathway that included ramps up and across book stacks, around a large planter in the center of the floor, up and down sets of stairs, bridges and more. Watch the YouTube video to see the dominos in action:


To video the event, five film crew members and seven cameras were used, including a time lapse camera. Playfish Media in Seattle shot the video. Twenty-seven volunteers assisted with the setup of books.

Amy Twito, the Library's youth program manager, noted that if it the fifth attempt had not been successful, there wouldn't have been enough time to try again. "We had to be packed up and out of the building by midnight," she said. "Everyone was so happy that we were able to break the record."

Books used in the record-setting event can be purchased at upcoming Friends of The Seattle Public Library book sales. Each book will have a special sticker identifying that it helped set the book domino world record, as well as the Web address so the book buyer can watch the video.

To learn more about the library's summer reading program, read Seattle's Child's story "Keep Reading!"

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