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Registration & Full Entry Fee Due: Friday, March 12

Registration forms and entry fee payment online.

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Event: Friday, March 19, 7 P.M. via Zoom

Teams & Registration

  1. Anyone 18 years of age or older can participate.
  2. Teams can have a maximum of 5 people. Those who want to participate, but don’t have other team members can play as a team of 1.
  3. Entry fee is $5 per person for each member of your team.
  4. Team Captain must be a current, registered FCL cardholder.
  5. Team Captain will be responsible for the total team registration fee which will be added to their library account.
  6. Entry fees must be paid with credit cards online or at either library location. No cash can be accepted at this time
  7. Team registrations and full entry fee payment are due by Friday, March 12.
  8. Each team will choose a charity to play for. Teams can choose a local charity from the list provided.
  9. The total entry fees will be donated to the winning team’s charity.
  10. Copies of the 5 Battle titles are available at both branches of the Farmington Community Library. In the event that all copies of a title are checked out, a librarian can place a copy on hold for you.

Battle Rules

  1. The Battle will be held via Kahoot, an online quiz platform.
  2. Questions will be based on the 5 titles pre-selected for the Battle.
  3. Outside reference materials are not permitted.
  4. All team members will receive a link to join the Zoom meeting the day of the Battle.
  5. Teams will need to choose one member to login to Kahoot and select answers. It is recommended that this player have access to 2 devices the night of the Battle.
  6. All team members can communicate/collaborate using whatever method (chat, text, in-person, etc.) is preferred.
  7. The host will have final say in all circumstances during the Battle.

We've selected books from five different genres: Children's book, Fiction, Nonfiction, Graphic Novel and Literary Classic. The Battle questions will be based on the titles selected.

Limited copies of the 5 Battle titles are available at both branches of the Farmington Community Library. Participants are limited to checking out up to 2 Battle titles at a time.

The Dutch House by Anne Patchett

Dramatic Fiction

Summary: At the end of the Second World War, Cyril Conroy combines luck and a single canny investment to begin an enormous real estate empire, propelling his family from poverty to enormous wealth. His first order of business is to buy the Dutch House, a lavish estate in the suburbs outside of Philadelphia. Meant as a surprise for his wife, the house sets in motion the undoing of everyone he loves. Cyril's son Danny and his older sister Maeve are exiled from the house where they grew up by their stepmother. The two wealthy siblings are thrown back into the poverty their parents had escaped from and find that all they have to count on is one another.

Alternate formats: CloudLibrary e-Audiobook; Hoopla e-Audiobook; Book on CD; Large Print

Educated by Tara Westover


Summary: Tara Westover was seventeen the first time she set foot in a classroom. Born to survivalists in the mountains of Idaho, she prepared for the end of the world by stockpiling home-canned peaches and sleeping with her "head-for-the-hills bag." In the summer she stewed herbs for her mother, a midwife and healer, and in the winter she salvaged in her father's junkyard. Her father distrusted the medical establishment, so Tara never saw a doctor or nurse. Gashes and concussions, even burns from explosions, were all treated at home with herbalism. The family was so isolated from mainstream society that there was no one to ensure the children received an education, and no one to intervene when an older brother became violent.

When another brother got himself into college and came back with news of the world beyond the mountain, Tara decided to try a new kind of life. She taught herself enough mathematics, grammar, and science to take the ACT and was admitted to Brigham Young University. There, she studied psychology, politics, philosophy, and history, learning for the first time about pivotal world events like the Holocaust and the Civil Rights Movement. Her quest for knowledge transformed her, taking her over oceans and across continents, to Harvard and to Cambridge University. Only then would she wonder if she'd traveled too far, if there was still a way home.

Alternate formats: CloudLibrary e-Book; CloudLibrary e-Audiobook; Overdrive/Libby e-Audiobook; Book on CD;Large Print; Playaway

The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

Children's Book


Nobody Owens, known as Bod, is a normal boy. He would be completely normal if he didn't live in a graveyard, being raised by ghosts, with a guardian who belongs to neither the world of the living nor the dead. There are adventures in the graveyard for a boy--an ancient Indigo Man, a gateway to the abandoned city of ghouls, the strange and terrible Sleer. But if Bod leaves the graveyard, he will be in danger from the man Jack--who has already killed Bod's family.

The Graveyard Book, a modern classic, is the only work ever to win both the Newbery (US) and Carnegie (UK) medals.

Alternate formats: CloudLibrary e-Audiobook; Hoopla e-Book;Hoopla e-Audiobook; Overdrive/Libby e-Book; Overdrive/Libby e-Audiobook; Book on CD; Large Print;

March: Book One by John Lewis

Graphic Novel

Summary: Congressman John Lewis (GA-5) is an American icon, one of the key figures of the civil rights movement. His commitment to justice and nonviolence has taken him from an Alabama sharecropper's farm to the halls of Congress, from a segregated schoolroom to the 1963 March on Washington, and from receiving beatings from state troopers to receiving the Medal of Freedom from the first African-American president.

Now, to share his remarkable story with new generations, Lewis presents March, a graphic novel trilogy, in collaboration with co-writer Andrew Aydin and New York Times best-selling artist Nate Powell (winner of the Eisner Award and LA Times Book Prize finalist for Swallow Me Whole).

March is a vivid first-hand account of John Lewis' lifelong struggle for civil and human rights, meditating in the modern age on the distance traveled since the days of Jim Crow and segregation. Rooted in Lewis' personal story, it also reflects on the highs and lows of the broader civil rights movement.

Book One spans John Lewis' youth in rural Alabama, his life-changing meeting with Martin Luther King, Jr., the birth of the Nashville Student Movement, and their battle to tear down segregation through nonviolent lunch counter sit-ins, building to a stunning climax on the steps of City Hall.

Many years ago, John Lewis and other student activists drew inspiration from the 1958 comic book "Martin Luther King and the Montgomery Story." Now, his own comics bring those days to life for a new audience, testifying to a movement whose echoes will be heard for generations.

Alternate formats: Hoopla e-Book; Overdrive/Libby e-Book

Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Literary Classic

Summary: In their youth, Florentino Ariza and Fermino Daza fall passionately in love. When Fermina eventually chooses to marry a wealthy, well-born doctor, Florentino is devastated, but he is a romantic. As he rises in his business career he whiles away the years in 622 affairs--yet he reserves his heart for Fermina. Her husband dies at last, and Florentino purposefully attends the funeral. Fifty years, nine months, and four days after he first declared his love for Fermina, he will do so again.

Alternate formats: Overdrive/Libby e-Audiobook

Each team will choose a charity to play for. The total entry fees will be donated to the winning team’s charity. Teams can choose a local charity from the list provided.

Local Charities

Arc of Oakland County

The Arc of Oakland County works through education, research, and advocacy to improve the quality of life for children and adults with cognitive, intellectual, and developmental disabilities in every community; and, works to prevent both the causes and effects of intellectual and other related developmental disabilities.

Boys & Girls Clubs of Southeastern Michigan

Boys & Girls Clubs of Southeastern Michigan provides high quality youth development programs for children ages 6-18 in our community.

Camp Casey

Camp Casey is a non-profit organization that provides horseback riding programs to children with cancer and rare blood disorders.

C.A.R.E.S. of Farmington Hills

The mission of CARES of Farmington Hills is to offer comprehensive support services for individuals and their families in and around the Farmington Hills area that are in need or have limited access to everyday necessities due to insufficient financial resources or family instability. CARES offers needed support in the areas of food, clothing, job education and training as well as access to other community and county support services – all on one campus.

Common Ground of Farmington Hills

At Common Ground is dedicated to helping people move from crisis to hope. Common Ground is a 24-hour crisis services agency dedicated to helping youths, adults, and families in crisis. Through our crisis line and in person, we provide professional and compassionate service to more than 80,000 people each year.

Farmington Area Goodfellows

Each year, the Farmington Area Goodfellows serves hundreds of families including at-risk children and seniors in Farmington and Farmington Hills, providing assistance to needy families around Christmas time.

Farmington Rotary

Farmington Rotary is a service organization for the cities of Farmington Hills and Farmington. Farmington Rotary supports many local and international programs, such as Eagle School, Ellis Scholarships, Youth Exchange Programs, Student Government Day, Vocational Service Awards, Land Mine Awareness, Founders Festival, and many more. Rotary is about Service Above Self. The Object of Rotary is to encourage and foster the ideal of service as a basis of worthy enterprise.

Farmington/Farmington Hills Education Foundation

The Farmington/Farmington Hills Education Foundation was established to provide service and financial investment opportunities to district parents, students, employees, alumni, businesses and community members to benefiit current and future students of Farmington Public Schools.

Farmington & Farmington Hills Foundation for Youth and Families

The Farmington & Farmington Hills Foundation for Youth and Families provides the opportunity for organized philanthropy that enriches the quality of life in the communities of Farmington Hills and Farmington by serving as a leader and a resource for philanthropy, providing effective ways to benefit community nonprofit organizations, making strategic grants to organizations that serve families, youth and children, and building endowments to help future community needs.

Farmington/Farmington Hills Optimists Club

The Optimist Club of Farmington & Farmington Hills, Michigan is a voluntary organization of civic-minded men and women banded together for progressive thought and action in community service. Our membership is composed of citizens drawn from business, industry, government and other professions. Our members are motivated by their desire to contribute to the community in which they and their families draw daily benefits. There is no greater opportunity for participation in community affairs and community service than in an Optimist Club.

Farmington/Farmington Hills Xemplar

The Farmington/Farmington Hills Xemplar Club sponsors a wide range of activities to improve the community, help the disadvantaged and encourage good American citizenship. Members also initiate activities to meet unique local needs. This may be anything from raising funds for the homeless to building and staffing a sheltered workshop for the disabled. In the local area, the Xemplar Club supports numerous youth oriented programs.

Habitat for Humanity of Oakland County

Habitat for Humanity is a global nonprofit housing organization that works in nearly 1,400 communities across the United States and in approximately 70 countries around the world. It started in 1976 by a group of people who wanted to help those in need of adequate shelter by helping them to build decent and affordable homes by working side-by-side with volunteers (to keep costs low). Today, Habitat has helped 9.8 million people achieve strength, stability, and independence through safe, decent, and affordable shelter. On a local level, Habitat came to Oakland County in 1995 and to date, we have helped over 600 people on their journey towards homeownership. Habitat Oakland County’s mission has a hyper-local focus with a world vision which engages donors, homeowners, neighbors, and volunteers working together to build better living environments. Habitat Oakland County raises all of its funds locally and receives limited funding from Habitat for Humanity International. As part of Habitat’s Global partnership, when a home is built in Oakland County, Habitat Oakland County tithes a portion of the funds raised to build a house in a developing country.

Judson Center of Farmington Hills

Judson Center is a non-profit human service agency that provides compassionate, comprehensive services to children and families throughout southeast Michigan. Judson Center is a comprehensive, multi-faceted, community based human service center — one that has been nationally recognized for fostering independence through innovative programs, and for empowering children of all ages and their families to live the best lives possible. The Center has been changing fates and restoring childhoods for children who have been abused and neglected, and others who are challenged by developmental disabilities, severe emotional impairments and autism spectrum disorder.

kickstART Farmington

kickstART farmington is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization based in Farmington Hills, Michigan (formerly known as Absinthe Arts 21). Their mission is to promote the good of the Farmington/Farmington Hills community through the arts by sponsoring local events, supporting the work of area writers and artists, and collaborating with others in our community to develop a vibrant and diverse arts scene.

Michigan Humane Society

The Michigan Humane Society (MHS), founded in 1877, is the oldest and largest nonprofit animal welfare organization in the state. Each year, MHS achieves 100 percent adoption of more than 8,000 healthy and treatable animals through compassionate care, community engagement and advocacy for humane treatment. Their mission is to improve and save lives through compassionate care, community engagement and advocacy for animals.

Multicultural Multiracial Community Council

The Multicultural/Multiracial (MCMR) Community Council of Farmington/Farmington Hills works to assure that all residents of our communities enjoy an harmonious, healthy environment and that they feel welcome and comfortable in their cities, schools, and neighborhoods. The Multicultural/Multiracial Council is dedicated to promoting community awareness and acceptance of diversity among its citizens.

Neighborhood House

Neighborhood House is an affiliated organization with the Farmington Area Goodfellows. It was created in 1989 to help serve the community during the 11 months of the year when the Goodfellows warehouse is not open. Neighborhood House is a non-profit charity, supported totally by our local community, that provides assistance to local needy families and individuals in Farmington and Farmington Hills.

Oakland Foster Closet

Oakland Foster Closet provides clothing, underclothing, toys, shoes, baby equipment, and gear and in some cases furniture to children placed in the foster care system in State of Michigan. Children are often placed in foster care with no personal items and in many cases they come into care with only the clothes on their back. Oakland Foster Closet provides these kids with stylish new or like new clothes and personal items helping to begin the process of rebuilding their self-esteem and providing them with belongings they can call their own.

P.A.A.W.S - Pet Adoption Alternative of Warren

Pet Adoption Alternative of Warren (PAAW) is a non-profit 501(C)(3) completely volunteer-run, foster-based animal rescue organization dedicated to finding loving homes for dogs & cats in need. PAAW seeks not only to help animals who have been lost or turned into our local shelters, but also to assist families in search of new homes for their pets due to lifestyle, living arrangement or other similar changes.

Soul/Source of Universal Love

S.O.U.L. is a 501(c)3 non-profit corporation that helps to transform the lives of individuals and families in adverse situations by providing support and help. Their goal is to respond with love, respect and to provide resources as needed. S.O.U.L. assists with food, clothing, education, resource research, household goods, furniture, care counseling, transportation, comfort and compassion. The organization helps the homeless, abused, those in medical crisis, and people transitioning from divorce and other hardships such as a loss of employment, striving to provide solutions which enable people to return to a self-sustaining status.

Sweet Dreamzzz

Sweet Dreamzzz, Inc. is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization committed to improving children’s health, well-being, and academic performance by providing sleep education and bedtime essentials to economically disadvantaged students and their families. Sweet Dreamzzz has several Sleep Programs that are designed for preschool through 5th grade children. Trained Sleep Educators and volunteers teach children and parents the benefits of healthy sleep habits, help them to establish a healthy bedtime routine and provide them with the bedtime essentials to sleep well.

Non-Library Literacy Charities

Beyond Basics

Beyond Basics is a 501(c)(3) literacy nonprofit dedicated to one-on-one reading intervention and holistic literacy enrichment programs for students and families in Metropolitan Detroit.

Children's Literacy Network

Children’s Literacy Network is a nonprofit 501(c) (3) grassroots organization founded in 1991 by a group of educators dedicated to promoting the benefits of literacy. A volunteer-based nonprofit agency in Washtenaw County, CLN is dedicated to closing the book and reading achievement gap to keep low-income students from falling further behind their more affluent peers. CLN accomplishes this through innovative programming at the early childhood and school-age levels.

The Detroit Jewish Coalition for Literacy

The Detroit Jewish Coalition for Literacy's mission is to increase the community's involvement in the fight against illiteracy by mobilizing volunteer readers, tutors and book drive organizers.

Oakland Literacy Council

The Oakland Literacy Council believes that all people have a fundamental right to literacy. With support from our funders, we pair trained, compassionate tutors with adult learners until they become proficient readers, writers, and communicators. As literate adults, they make our communities and our democracy stronger. They contribute to our economy, exercise their voice in their communities, and give their children a solid educational foundation.

Reading Partners

Reading Partners mobilizes communities to provide students with the proven, individualized reading support they need to read at grade level by fourth grade.

Reading Works Detroit

Reading Works is dedicated to helping Detroiters develop foundational skills that lead to good jobs and career advancement. We foster relationships between quality adult education providers and companies, creating long-term employment opportunities for the people and businesses of Detroit.

Siena Literacy Center

Siena Literacy Center is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that works to improve the lives of families in northwest Metropolitan Detroit by providing a basic education program for adult learners. Together with our volunteer tutors, we teach reading, math, computer skills, and English as a Second Language (ESL).

Washtenaw Literacy

Believing that literacy is the foundation for a sustainable community, Washtenaw Literacy provides literacy support, free of charge, to adults through a network of trained tutors.

World Literacy Foundation

World Literacy Foundation strives to ensure that every young individual regardless of geographic location has the opportunity to acquire literacy and reading skills to reach their full potential, succeed at school and beyond. WLC provides free access to quality education materials and innovative solutions that target wide-scale illiteracy.

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