The Beacon Bees Win It All!

Saturday, Sept. 12, at the George Fischer Middle School in Carmel, the Howland Public Library – Beacon Bees became the first team in the programs history to win the Annual Mid-Hudson Library System Battle of the Books Regional Competition for a third time!

beacon bees The ‘Bees’ congratulate each other on a hard won victory!

The final battle came down to the Beacon Bees (Howland Public Library) versus the Grinnell Grizzlies (Grinnell Public Library District). The Grinnell Grizzlies placed second and Can’t Catch Poughkeepsie! (Poughkeepsie Public Library District) went home with third prize.

This was the 11th year of this nationally recognized literature contest in which young people, in grades 6-9, answer trivia questions based on specific books they have read over the summer. It is designed to encourage young people to read good books, build team-working skills, and get together with other students in a friendly competition.

Congratulations to the more than 200 competitors and 22 libraries that participated in this year’s program. A big thank you to all of the volunteers and sponsors, this event would not happen without you!

2015 Sponsors

  • Carmel Central School District
  • Friends of the Brewster Public Library
  • Friends of Grinnell Public Library
  • Friends of Kent Public Library
  • Friends of the Kingston Library
  • The Allstate Foundation
  • Hannaford Supermarkets

To learn more about the MHLS Battle of the Books program visit If your library is interested in participating please email