It’s summertime and many students are eager to put away the books. However, there are more than 300 students in the Mid-Hudson Library System who are taking out the books and getting ready for a little friendly competition in the fall.
Right now, students from 26 member libraries are gearing up for the Mid-Hudson Library System’s Battle of the Books, a trivia competition for students in grades six through nine (as of Fall 2015). The 11th Annual Battle of the Books regional competition takes place on Saturday, September 12th, at the George Fischer Middle School in Carmel.
Students get ready for the competition by reading eight (8) previously selected books. Teams from participating libraries meet and practice at their libraries throughout the summer to prepare for the regional battle. Teams are also encouraged to participate in local battles with other libraries throughout the summer.
Battle of the Books is a nationally recognized literature contest where young people answer trivia questions based on specific books they have read. The program is designed to encourage young people to read good books, build team-working skills, and get together with other students in a friendly competition.
For more information about Battle of the Books, visit http://mhbattleofbooks.org/
-“Let the Battle of the Books Begin,” was authored by Kristin Charles-Scaringi, Reference Librarian at the Kingston Library and member of the MHLS Battle of the Books Publicity and Promotion subcommittee.