Library quizzes patrons

Come early, and grab a table of family, friends, co-workers or classmates to test their trivial knowledge in Marvin Auditorium at the Topeka Shawnee County Public Library.  Doors open at 6 p.m., and trivia goes from 6:30 to about 8:45. Food and drinks are available for purchase at the Millennium Café before the event.

Each team consists of five to eight members, and is open to any age group. There are ten rounds with ten questions per round.  Each round uses a new category of questions.

On each table, there are answer sheets, along with scratch paper for guessing answers. Team members can take turns writing down answers. Before the questions begin, each team writes down their predicted cumulative score for all ten rounds. Prizes are awarded for first, second and third places. If there is a tie, the team closest to their predicted score gets it. Prizes can include coffee mugs, Frisbees, pens, or other items.

The only rule to the game is to not shout out your answers. Thad Hartman is the host and scorekeeper for the event.

Trivia nights have been going on for about nine years. Some of the categories featured were Current Cartoons, Good Clean TV (Soap Operas) and True Story (biography or autobiography). Some of the categories can be audio, like the category Lullabies, that were set to songs like Aerosmith’s “Dude (Looks Like A Lady),” or Madonna’s “Material Girl.”

Other categories can be visual, like popular automobile symbols. Each team gets a sheet of paper with either photos or symbols, and have 10 minutes to guess the answers to the round.

The next scheduled Trivia Night will feature Mystery categories in conjunction with the Big Read, “The Maltese Falcon” by Dashell Hammett. It will be from 6:30 to 9 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 5.

To reserve a table for your team, call the Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library at (785) 580-4400, or visit