Twenty-four public libraries throughout the Mid-Hudson Library System’s five counties (Putnam, Dutchess, Columbia, Ulster and Greene) are pleased to be taking part in the 9th annual Battle of the Books Saturday, Sept. 7, at Arlington High School in Poughkeepsie.

The battles begin at 10 a.m. and will run until 2 p.m. Battle of the Books is a nationally recognized literature contest in which young people answer trivia questions based on specific books they have read. It is designed to encourage young people to read good books, build team-working skills, and get together with other students in friendly competition.

Approximately 300 students, entering grades six through nine, have spent the summer reading the same eight books chosen by librarians and staff from participating libraries. Individual library teams worked hard all summer with their librarians and coaches to prepare for this final battle in hopes of being the 2013 Battle of the Books champions. Reigning champions are from the Poughkeepsie Public Library District.

Friends and families are encouraged to come out and support the teams. Much appreciated fiscal support includes a generous donation from The Allstate Foundation through volunteerism of the Sorrentino Allstate Agency in the Town of Newburgh, M&T Bank, Foundation for Hudson Valley Libraries, donations from various library Friends groups, and Hannaford Supermarkets.

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