Battle of the Books

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***Due to weather, the January 4 meeting has been rescheduled to February 1.***

Next Meeting:

  • Thursday, February 1, 2018
  • Westchester Library System
  • Coaches’ meeting 9:30 am, followed by board meeting

What is Battle of the Books?

Battle of the Books is a book-based trivia tournament for Westchester youth grades 4-10.

What does a Team Coach do? The goal of the program is to promote a love of reading in kids and teens, to expose them to titles and authors that they might not encounter otherwise, to encourage them to think of their local public library as a resource for entertainment and to inspire teamwork and good sportsmanship in an atmosphere of friendly competition.

Manage your library’s BOB team(s) by: recruiting team members, having team members read BOB selected books, running BOB book-based trivia practice sessions with buzzer systems (borrowed from WLS). Team coaches are also encouraged to help on sub-committees, suggest books for BOB, and read and submit questions for the BOB event.

2018 Board:

  • President – Kathlyn Carroll
  • Vice President – Jonathan Heifetz
  • Treasurer – Pat Brigham
  • Secretary – Liz Anastasi
  • Rules – Amy Kaplan
  • Volunteers – Suzy Zavarella & Debbie Fletcher
  • Communication and Outreach – Marie Pierre
  • Book Donations – Kim Larsen
  • School Liaison – Elise Landesberg
  • Social Media – Sarah Prosser
  • Questions and Book Selection – Mallory Marinaro & Linda Surovich

2018 Timeline, Rules, & Sample Questions:

What can I do to help? 
What is expected of a Battle of the Books volunteer?

  • Book Suggesters – Everyone can suggest books for the 2018 Battle. Does not require regular meeting attendance or having a BOB team.
  • Question Writing – Everyone can write questions for the 2018 Battle based on the selected books. Does not require regular meeting attendance or having a BOB team.
  • Volunteer on Battle Day – We need tons of volunteers on the big day from emcees to runners and more! We accept teen and adult volunteers. Need community service? This is a great opportunity! Contact us for more details.
  • Refreshments – Bring refreshments (snacks, drinks, etc.) to be shared with participants and volunteers on Battle day.
  • Donate! – The BOB accepts both monetary and in-kind gifts (refreshments, publisher book donations, prizes for participants, etc.) as donations.

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For previous years, check out the Battle of the Books Archive.

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