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Library News

Battle of the Books Returns!

Battle of the Books is back at Burlington Public Library! Students and teachers, this means it's time to test your book knowledge. Do you know which character in Alice's Adventures in Wonderland always has tea with the Hare? If you guessed Mad Hatter, you just scored five points for your Battle of the Books team!

This yearly event—a tradition since 1986—is back in action after a COVID break. Burlington Public Library is thrilled to host it again!

Battle of the Books is a fun and fast-paced, Jeopardy-style tournament that challenges teams of students in Grades 3 to 8. The round-robin competition focuses on book trivia questions and encourages kids to stretch their reading muscles.

How It Works

Schools can register one Junior (Grades 3 to 5) and one Senior (Grades 6 to 8) team of six players and up to three substitutes.

During the tournament, the teams score points by identifying the titles, authors, and characters of books from questions based on the plots and settings of stories. The competition can run over several days, depending how many teams participate.

At the end of the tournament, the judges total the scores for each team. The two highest-scoring teams in each grade division compete against each other at the Grand Battle to determine the Burlington Battle of the Books champions.

A staff member talks to students and teachers in front of a stage with two tables and twelve chairs ready for the teams.

Battle of the Books Builds Skills for Life

Battle of the Books helps boost children's literacy skills, excites them about reading, and introduces them to new books and authors. It also helps build essential life skills such as good sportsmanship, fair play, and cooperation. Whether teams win or lose, Burlington Public Library aims to make sure all participants have a fun and positive experience!

Want to Participate?

Battle of the Books runs in April. Teachers and homeschoolers: if you're interested in participating, the deadline to register is March 1, 2024. You can find all the information you need to register and prepare your team on the library's website.