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Battle Fact Sheet

The Battle of the Books began in 1990, and has been held yearly since. It is a program designed to encourage reading and to give recognition to those who like to read, organized by the Teen Department of the Farmington Community Library and sponsored by the Farmington Friends of the Library. Team members read from a selected list of books and then participate in a battle where they compete with other teams by answering questions based on the books. Although there will be one team that eventually wins first place, we believe that everyone who takes part is a winner.

This program covers a wide age range, approximately eleven to fourteen years of age. Therefore, books with a variety of reading and maturity levels will be chosen, representing different genres and authors. Books are chosen based upon the materials selection policy. While books chosen will be of high quality, the ultimate decision to participate in this program rests with the parent/guardian of the child. This program is completely independent of school curriculum, though some schools use it to complement their curriculum.

 

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Costumes!

Every year sees a truly amazing display of creative, fun, and clever costuming. Costumes should be related to the team’s name, and should not be expensive – use items already at home or purchase dollar store accessories, for example. Costume judging will be based on the creativity of the team’s costumes. Small prizes will be awarded to the three teams with the best costumes.

 

Digital Battle Information

In years when the Battle of the Books is held digitally, the following details apply.

Who May Participate?

All 6th, 7th, and 8th graders who live or attend school (public, private, or home) in Farmington or Farmington Hills are eligible to participate in the Battle of the Books. In 2021, students who were in 8th grade last year and were unable to participate are invited to create or join a team this year. Each team must have a team name and an adult team manager. It is recommended that teams consist of three to six members, but teams of one or two are permitted. A student may only be on one team. Members of teams need not be all from the same school. Students unable to get a complete team should contact their teacher or school media aide.

What Does a Team Manager Do?

The Team Manager may be a parent, teacher, relative, or anyone over 18 who will serve as the contact person between the team and the Farmington Community Library. The Team Manager is responsible for filling out the team’s registration form and keeping the team members motivated. The manager should help the team plan a team costume, submit costume pictures to FCL staff for judging the week before the Battle, and attend the Battle to cheer on their team. In addition, the Team Manager encourages the kids to have FUN with the program.

How Does a Team Register?

Registration for this year is closed. Adjustments to team rosters, names, etc. can be made by contacting school media aides or FCL teen librarians at fclteenbookreviews@gmail.com. The books on the list are available for checkout at both branches of the Library. A set of Battle Books will be kept behind the Information Desk at each branch for reference.

What is the Procedure for the Battle?

The Battle will be streamed through Zoom, but only the FCL teen librarians are required to be visible. And the questions, of course!

Battle questions will be in the form of Kahoot quizzes; one quiz per book. Battle questions will still have one-word answers; teams will pick the correct answer from the four provided. One member of each team will sign in per Kahoot – ideally the person who is most familiar with the book. All of the Kahoot scores will be tallied to determine the trivia winners, and the Kahoot points totals will be used in the case of tiebreakers.

Teams are encouraged to use chat through their school accounts, video chatting, or some other creative way of digitally gathering to cheer each other on and help consult on questions. Using notes or flipping through the books is permitted.

The members of the winning team(s) will receive a prize, and the members of the first place team will also have their names engraved on a plaque to be placed in the Library as well as in their school media center(s).

 

In-Person Battle Information

In years when the Battle of the Books is held in person, the following details apply.

Who May Participate?

All 6th, 7th, and 8th graders who live or attend school (public, private, or home) in Farmington or Farmington Hills are eligible to participate in the Battle of the Books. Each team must consist of four to six members and an adult team manager, and have a team name. A student may only be on one team. Members of teams need not be all from the same school. Students unable to get a complete team should contact their teacher or school media aide.

What Does a Team Manager Do?

The Team Manager may be a parent, teacher, relative, or anyone over 18 who will serve as the contact person between the team and the Farmington Community Library. The Team Manager is responsible for filling out and returning the registration form to your school media aide and keeping the team members motivated. The manager should help the team plan a team costume (nothing expensive — be creative), and arrange team transportation to and from the Hawk Activities Center on the night of the Battle Question Round. The Team Manager will monitor another team during the Battle Question Round. In addition, the Team Manager encourages the kids to have FUN with the program.

How Does a Team Register?

Registration forms are available at the Adult Reference Desk at both libraries as well as at participating schools. The forms should be returned, completed, to your school media center. Home-schooled teams may pick up and return their forms at their local Farmington Community Library branch. Registration forms are due by 9 p.m. on Monday, March 22, 2021. The books on the list will be available for checkout on or after Friday, February 12, 2021. A set of Battle Books will be kept behind the Information Desk at each branch for your reference.

What is the Procedure for the Battle?

After the moderator reads the question, each team will have time to confer and decide on an answer to the question. The team captain will write the answer on a pad furnished for each team. Answers must be complete and specific. Points are given for correct answers (4 points for a correct answer, plus one point for the correct last name of the author). Up to sixty (60) teams will participate in the Battle at the Hawk Activities Center. Each team will be seated at a table. The members of the winning team(s) will receive a prize, and the members of the first place team will also have their names engraved on a plaque to be placed in the Library as well as in their school media center(s).

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