Libraries Recruit Students for Battle of the Books

Twenty-four libraries from the Mid-Hudson Library System are recruiting students entering grades six through nine in September 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 encourage young people to read good books, build teamwork skills, and get together in friendly competition.

The program promotes a love of reading in middle school-age students, exposes them to titles and authors that they might not encounter in school, and inspires teamwork and good sportsmanship.

Libraries from Columbia, Dutchess, Greene, Putnam, and Ulster Counties are registering students. Students will participate in coaching activities and practice-battles this summer. 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. During each battle round, teams are asked 25 trivia questions based on eight books that they have read. The 2014 champions will be determined after all other teams have been eliminated. The Beacon Bees from Howland Public Library in Beacon reign as 2013 champions.

There is no fee to participate. Contact your local library for the book list, details, and whether or not they are participating.

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