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. Although one team is awarded first place, we think all of the participants are winners.
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. Five team members are 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!!
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 the front of the room. After the moderator reads a question, each team will have time 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.
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.
Please phone the Children’s Department at the Sewickley Public Library if you have any questions. 412-741-0937