2020 Battle of the Books Information
Battle of the Books Team Managers, Parents and participants,
We hope everyone is doing well as we learn how to navigate our lives during the current crisis. After careful consideration, it is with much sadness that we announce that Sewickley Public Library has decided to cancel this year’s 4th & 5th Grade Battle of the Books competition. Given the amount of uncertainty that we are currently facing, the near impossibility of scheduling and the technology that is required to make the event a success, we believe that this is an unfortunate, but necessary decision.
With your help, we would like to send all the participants packets that will include certificates of participation, and “mini” Battle of the Books quiz. If possible, please send Mrs. Farmerie, firstname.lastname@example.org all the address of your team member by Friday, April 17th, that way we can get packets out to the participants the week of April 20th.
We look forward to the return of Battle of the Books in 2021!
Thank you for all of your help and patience during this time,
WHAT IS THE BATTLE OF THE BOOKS?
The Battle of the Books is a program designed to encourage reading and to give recognition to those who like to read. Team members read from a list of books selected by the Children’s Department of the Sewickley Public Library, and compete with other teams by answering questions based on the books. We also have a team poster contest and we encourage teams to dress up in themed costumes for the evening of the Battle.
WHO MAY PARTICIPATE?
Students MUST have a LIBRARY CARD IN ALLEGHENY COUNTY to be eligible to participate in the Battle of the Books. Participants should organize their own teams and submit a registration form to the library. Teams may be made up from different schools and neighbors. Each team must consist of five members, an adult team manager and a team name. All five team members will participate in the competition. A student may only be on one team.
HOW DOES A TEAM REGISTER?
Registration forms will be available at the Sewickley Public Library and at area elementary schools. The forms should be returned to the Sewickley Public Library as soon as possible. Space is limited! All team members and team managers SHOULD attend the appropriate informational meeting. Copies of the reading list will be distributed at that time. Each team member may check out 1 book that evening. Bring your library card! New this year: Penguin Book Shop will be at the meeting, if you would like to buy a copy of the Battle Books!
WHAT IS THE PROCEDURE FOR THE “BATTLE”?
Teams participating in the “BATTLE” will meet at 6:45 PM at their respective locations on the day of the Battle. Each team will be seated in a circle. After the moderator reads a question, each team will have 30 seconds to confer and decide upon the answer to the question. The team captain will write the answer on the paper provided. Answers must be complete and specific. Four points are awarded for the correct response and an additional point is given if the team writes the author’s last name; spelling counts. Each team will have the option to challenge up to 3 questions and/or answers.
WHAT DOES A TEAM MANAGER DO?
The adult team manager may be a parent, teacher, relative or anyone over the age of 18 who will serve as the contact person between the team and the Sewickley Public Library. The team manager is responsible for filling out and returning the registration form to the library, keeping the team members motivated, and arranging team transportation to and from the site of the Battle of the Books Tournament. Team managers will serve as assistants during the tournament.
If you have any questions please feel free to contact:
Jen Farmerie, Head of Children’s Services
500 Thorn Street
Sewickley, PA 15143
Children’s Desk – 412-741-0937
The Battle of the Books is sponsored by the Friends of the Sewickley Public Library.