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Battle of the Books Fact Sheet

The Battle of the Books is a program designed to encourage reading and to give recognition to those who like to read. It is organized by the Young Adult 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.

Who May Participate?

All 6th, 7th, and 8th graders attending school (public, private, or home) in Farmington or Farmington Hills are eligible to participate in the Battle of the Books by organizing teams at their school. 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. Students unable to get a complete team should contact their teacher or school media specialist.

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 specialist 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 Dublin Hall—William Costick Activities Center on the night of the Battle Question Round. The Team Manager will monitor another team during the Battle Question Round on Monday, April 22, 2019, 7:00 p.m. 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 25, 2019. The books on the list will be available for checkout on or after Friday, February 15, 2019. 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 in Dublin Hall—William Costick Activities Center at 7:00 p.m. 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. Small prizes will be awarded to the three teams with the best costumes.

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