Battle of the Books Team Forming

Butterfield library looking for middle-school readers

The Butterfield Library in Cold Spring is looking for middle-school students who love to read, are great with details and enjoy friendly competition to be a part of its 2016 Battle of the Books team. An information meeting will be held at the library at 4 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 11.

Battle of the Books is a program for students in fifth through eight grades. Participants read eight books throughout the spring and summer and in September compete in a regional trivia battle against more than 20 other Mid-Hudson Libraries. The purpose of the program is to introduce middle school-age students to new authors and titles and allow them to experience teamwork and competition.

Participants will begin meeting in March and will be expected to read the assigned books by the meeting day so that they can take part in discussions, games and practice questions about the titles. During the summer, the team will meet weekly and join other area libraries for practice battles in preparation for the Regional Battle to be held on Sept. 10. All team members must be available to attend the Regional Battle.

The books are chosen by a committee comprised of librarians from the participating libraries. The titles for 2016 are Leviathan by Scott Westerfield; Nimona by Noelle Stevenson; The False Prince by Jennifer Nielson; The Fourteenth Goldfish by Jennifer Holm; The Night Gardener by Jonathan Auxier; Every Soul a Star by Wendy Mass; Small as an Elephant by Jennifer Richard Jacobson; and City of Orphans by Avi.

The Butterfield Library has participated in the Mid-Hudson Battle of the Books program for more than a decade and has twice won first place.

For more information, email Maureen McGrath at [email protected].

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