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November 15, 2010

A 60-second challenge

Families compete in Minute To Win It game at the library

Pencils flew through the air and cups toppled to the ground as more than 50 children and their parents raced to beat the clock in a Minute To Win It challenge Saturday afternoon.

The Logansport Cass County Public Library celebrated National Gaming Day by emulating the popular television game show that has contestants complete various tasks in less than 60 seconds.

“This is the first time we’ve celebrated National Gaming Day,” said Larina Shaffer, who organized the event. “A lot of the libraries have Wii tournaments. Our library isn’t quite set up for that.”

She said she watched “Minute To Win It” all summer and thought it was a lot of fun.

“The whole family can compete in the competition and have fun together,” Shaffer said.

Adults and children alike were partaking in the challenges Saturday afternoon.

None were quite as successful as 12-year-old Lena Dickerson.

Lena beat four of the five challenges, which included building and tearing down a pyramid of 36 cups, putting together a cereal box puzzle and bouncing marbles into thimbles all in less than 60 seconds.

She was the first to beat the Speed Eraser challenge.

That challenge required competitors to bounce pencils on their erasers and get them to land in the bottom of a cup. The player must land one pencil in the bottom of each of seven glasses in 60 seconds or less.

It took Lena about a dozen tries to land a pencil in every glass.

“She’s a determined kid,” her grandmother Susie Dickerson said.

When she beat it, Lena celebrated.

“I rock,” she said proudly.

Dickerson said she and her granddaughter waited for an hour at the library for the games to start.

“They do such fun activities with the kids here. Today’s game is especially fun, though,” Dickerson said. “I just wish there were more kids here.”

Melva Luna said she and her three kids wouldn’t have missed the challenges for anything.

“We’ve been waiting for this day at the library for a while now. We were so excited,” Luna said.

Luna and her kids watch almost every episode of the show.

It didn’t help Luna Saturday, though. She failed the Speed Eraser challenge, but she was able to bounce the pencil in at least a few of the cups.

“It’s a lot different when you’re working against the time,” she said with a laugh.

A number of kids said their favorite challenge was the cup pyramid.

That was Lena’s favorite, too.

Ironically, it was the only challenge she didn’t complete.

“I didn’t finish it in 60 seconds, but I did finish just for the satisfaction of completing it,” she said.

Luna said it was a fun afternoon.

“It’s a great day for this with it raining outside,” she added.

As families left the library Saturday, many of them hadn’t beat a single challenge. Some of them said they were going home to practice.

• Lindsey Ziliak is a staff writer at the Pharos-Tribune. She can be reached at 574-732-5148 or


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