When the Kansas City Royals beat the Toronto Blue Jays 14–2 in Game 2 of Major League Baseball’s American League Championship Series, the Kansas City (Mo.) Public Library (KCPL) staff took the opportunity to do some friendly ribbing by using “book spine poetry.” The library tweeted to Toronto Public Library a picture of three stacked books, which all together read: “Canada.” “Sorry You Lost.” “What Bluebirds Do” (referring to Toronto’s mascot, the blue jay).
— KCMO Public Library (@KCLibrary) October 20, 2015
Toronto Public Library responded, saying, “Warning.” “Kansas City.” “It Ain’t Over till It’s Over.”
The humorous exchanges continued, gaining the attention of numerous news organizations, including NPR, The Huffington Post, and BuzzFeed. Liesl Christman, KCPL’s social media manager, has been the brain behind the Twitter “battle,” and the library’s Twitter account has gained at least 2,000 more followers since the battle began on October 20.
— KCMO Public Library (@KCLibrary) October 24, 2015
With the New York Mets and Kansas City Royals now facing off in the World Series, the Twitter library/baseball feud has continued, now featuring New York Public Library (NYPL), Queens (N.Y.) Library, Mid-Continent Public Library in Kansas City, Missouri, and LaGrange Library in Poughkeepsie, New York, among others. (Mid-Continent Library Director Steven Potter and NYPL President Tony Marx have also made a wager for bragging rights.)
— Queens Library (@QueensLibrary) October 27, 2015
— NY Public Library (@nypl) October 29, 2015
— LaGrange Library (@LaGLibrary) October 29, 2015