Participants meet Thursdays June 25–Aug. 27

Beacon’s Howland Public Library and 23 other libraries from the five counties of the Mid-Hudson Library System are recruiting students entering grades six to nine in September 2015 to participate in the 11th annual Battle of the Books. Battle of the Books 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 new friendships and to 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 25 through Aug. 27 (including pizza). The library will supply the books and team T-shirts. Then on Saturday, Sept. 12, all 24 teams will participate in the regional Battle of the Books at the George Fisher Middle School in Carmel, where the 2015 Battle of the Books winner will be chosen. The Beacon Bees were champions in 2010 and 2013.

As with most public library programs, there is no fee charged to participants. The program 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. To register or for more information, contact Ginny Figlia, head of Youth Services, at [email protected] or 845-831-1135, ext. 103.

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