Howland Public Library and 23 other libraries from the five counties of the Mid-Hudson Library System are recruiting students entering grades sixth through ninth in September of 2014 to participate in the 10th annual Battle of the Books. Battle of the Books (BOB) is a nationally recognized literature contest in which young people answer trivia questions based on specific books that they have read during the summer. It is designed to expose young people to good books, and build teamwork skills and good sportsmanship while enjoying friendly competition.
Students at Howland Public Library will participate in coaching activities and practice-battles every Thursday from 5 to 7 p.m. between June 26 and Aug. 28 (includes pizza). The library will supply the books and team t-shirts. On Saturday, Sept. 6, all 24 teams will participate in the regional Battle of the Books at Columbia-Greene Community College in Hudson, New York, where the 2014 Battle of the Books winner will be chosen. The Beacon Bees have been the champions in 2010 and 2013.
Like most public library programs, there is not a fee charged to participants. The program itself is funded through individual libraries and donations from Friends Groups. Howland Public Library received a generous donation from the Friends of the Library, The Allstate Foundation, and M&T Bank. Contact Ginny Figlia at email@example.com or 845-831-1135, ext. 103.