So You Want to Be a Knight...
Welcome to the
Knights of the Ring
Do you have what it takes to be a modern-day knight in defense of libraries everywhere? Here's a quick test to see if the Knights of the Ring program is for you:
Are you brave?
Can you handle suspense?
Do you know how to
solve riddles and puzzles?
Are you a team player, but also an individual?
Do you like to make things?
Are you skillful at something?
Are you courteous to others?
Can you think fast?
Do you like to read?
Do you think libraries are great places?
Do you have a good imagination?
Can you do good deeds?
Can you think of any
'dragons' to slay in this world (i.e. things you'd like to make
Do you like to have adventures?
Are you ready for the most exciting thing you've ever done in your life?
If you answered YES to most of these questions, you may have what it takes to be a Knight of the Ring. Our Knights work in service to libraries all over the world, helping them by doing many fun activities. But you can't just 'be' a Knight. You have to earn rank, just as the knights of old did.
In the Knights, you'll strive to win the honor of knighthood by facing tests of bravery, skill and wit. You'll have many adventures and face many challenges-- both mental and physical.
If you think you have what it takes, read on! Here's what you need to do:
Tell your parent or guardian. Maybe they can help you with the next steps:
Print out the home page of the Knights of the Ring and bring it to your library.
Tell your librarian that you're really interested in the Knights and that you want to start a Knights at your library.
Tell your librarian that the program doesn't cost anything-- it's FREE.
Ask your librarian to visit the Knights web site, where he or she can get the full details about what to do.
Here's what Knights of the Ring say about what's it's like to be a Knight:
"I went through the Knights program when I was 14 years old. For me it was a great way to spend my summer. I learned a lot about the Renaissance time period. But most important was the many friends I made that summer. Most of the kids I met that summer I still talk to on a regular basis.
The biggest example I have to the testament of friendship that the Knights gives a person is the summer I was 16 I was in an incredibly bad accident. As I was lying in the hospital, wondering if I was going to lose my leg or not, many of the Knights came to visit me. I can tell you, seeing friends that I had made two years before meant so much to me. Some I hadnâ€™t talked to since the year I went through the program, but there they were, ready to be there for me when I needed them. It was truly amazing considering that people who said they were my friends never bothered to come visit."
"There really are many things that came to mind as I considered what the program opened to me. First, as a fairly shy kid from a "broken home", the program gave me an opportunity to be a part of something very positive. Granted, hanging out at a local library made me a "geek", "nerd", "loser" - pick a name - the lessons learned during that time are a part of my daily life. We didn't learn answers to our questions. We didn't memorize the Dewey Decimal system. We learned a much more valuable lesson: we learned HOW to find answers. We learned that we are surrounded by tools to solve the daily problems life hands us. We learned to approach each challenge given us using not only the wealth of information the books at our disposal could offer, but our friends, advisors and library staff, and families as well. These teamwork skills that were introduced to us and developed were further honed in college, and continue to be sharpened as my career unfolds.
"The other valuable lesson that struck my thoughts as I pondered my response were the friendships that we developed. By using the medieval period as the focus for learning, our progression through the various states of "knighthood" forced a dependence and a sense of teamwork that are invaluable in today's world. One particular challenge came to mind - not a single one of us thought that we'd ever get up onto the roof of the library, and indeed none of us would have had we not worked together. Granted, the neighbors of the library and the local police might have appreciated our failure moreso than our success, but the challenge was overcome - together.
We've gone our own ways, followed our own paths to this point in our lives, lost track of each other in most cases, but I believe that without exception if called upon to help face a challenge together again, we'd be there, and again we'd overcome as we always did. If we were "geeks", "nerds", or "losers" as individuals, as a group we were family, far more than each of us alone could have possibly been."
--Jonathen Woodman, One of the 11 original Knights of the Ring.
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