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Registration & Full Entry Fee Due: Wednesday, February 19

Registration forms and entry fees must be submitted in person. Entry fees must be paid in cash.

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Printable Rules & Charity List

Event: Friday, February 21, 6:30 P.M. Main Library Auditorium

Teams & Registration

  1. Anyone 18 years of age or older can participate.
  2. This event can accommodate a maximum of 20 teams, so those interested in participating are encouraged to register early as space is limited.
  3. Teams can have a maximum of 5 people. Those who want to participate, but don’t have other team members can either play as a team of 1 or form a team with other single players. We’ll create a team of single players on the day of the event.
  4. Entry fee is $5 per person for everyone on your team. Entry fees will not be reimbursed if a team or any of its members drop out before the event.
  5. Entry fees must be paid in cash only, credit cards and checks cannot be accepted.
  6. Teams can register and pay entry fees at the Adult Information Desk at the Main Library or Downtown Branch.
  7. The total entry fee for each team is due at the time of registration.
  8. Team registrations and full entry fee payment are due by Wednesday, February 19.
  9. Each team will choose a charity to play for. Teams can either choose a local charity from the list provided OR a non-profit 501(c)(3) non-library, literacy charity of their choice. All charities are subject to Library approval.
  10. The total entry fees will be donated to the winning team’s charity.
  11. 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 conducted pub trivia style with 3 rounds of 10 questions and a final question.
  2. Questions will be based on the 5 titles pre-selected for the Battle.
  3. Teams will have 2 minutes per question to turn in an answer and wager to the host.
  4. Each team will assign a point value between 1 and 10 for each answer they provide. Teams can only use each point value once per round.
  5. Once an answer slip has been turned in, teams may not change their answer or their wager, unless instructed to do so by the host.
  6. In the event of a tie for 1st, 2nd or 3rd place, tie breaker questions will be asked.
  7. Cell phones, outside reference materials or help, calling out answers, and collaborating with other teams is prohibited. Doing so will result in disqualification of the entire team and forfeiture of each team member’s entry fee.
  8. If, for any reason, an answer is heard before the 2 minute answering period is up, the question will be discarded and the host will proceed to the next question.
  9. The host will have final say in all circumstances during the Battle.
  10. Prizes will be awarded to the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place teams.

We've selected books from five different genres: Children's book, Fiction, Nonfiction, Graphic Novel and Horror. 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.

An American Marriage by Tayari Jones

Dramatic Fiction

Summary: Newlyweds Celestial and Roy are the embodiment of both the American Dream and the New South. He is a young executive, and she is an artist on the brink of an exciting career. But as they settle into the routine of their life together, they are ripped apart by circumstances neither could have imagined. Roy is arrested and sentenced to 12 years for a crime Celestial knows he didn't commit.

Though fiercely independent, Celestial finds herself bereft and unmoored, taking comfort in Andre, her childhood friend, and best man at their wedding. As Roy's time in prison passes, she is unable to hold on to the love that has been her center. After five years, Roy's conviction is suddenly overturned, and he returns to Atlanta ready to resume their life together.

This stirring love story is a profoundly insightful look into the hearts and minds of three people who are at once bound and separated by forces beyond their control. An American Marriage is a masterpiece of storytelling, an intimate look deep into the souls of people who must reckon with the past while moving forward - with hope and pain - into the future.

Alternate formats: CloudLibrary eBook; Hoopla eBook; OverDrive eBook; CloudLibrary eAudiobook; Hoopla eAudiobook; Book on CD

Born a Crime by Trevor Noah


Summary: Trevor Noah was born a crime, son of a white Swiss father and a black Xhosa mother, at a time when such a union was punishable by five years in prison. Living proof of his parents' indiscretion, Trevor was kept mostly indoors for the first years of his life, bound by the extreme and often absurd measures his mother took to hide him from a government that could, at any moment, take him away.

A collection of eighteen personal stories, Born a Crime tells the story of a mischievous young boy growing into a restless young man as he struggles to find his place in a world where he was never supposed to exist. Born a Crime is equally the story of that young man's fearless, rebellious and fervently religious mother - a woman determined to save her son from the cycle of poverty, violence and abuse that ultimately threatens her own life.

Whether subsisting on caterpillars for dinner during hard times, being thrown from a moving car during an attempted kidnapping, or just trying to survive the life-and-death pitfalls of dating in high school, Noah illuminates his curious world with an incisive wit and an unflinching honesty. His stories weave together to form a personal portrait of an unlikely childhood in a dangerous time, as moving and unforgettable as the very best memoirs and as funny as Noah's own hilarious stand-up. Born a Crime is a must read.

Alternate formats: CloudLibrary eBook; Book on CD; MP3 Audiobook; Playaway

Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH by Robert C. O’Brien

Children's Book

Summary: Mrs. Frisby, a widowed mouse with four small children, is faced with a terrible problem. She must move her family to their summer quarters immediately, or face almost certain death. But her youngest son, Timothy, lies ill with pneumonia and must not be moved. Fortunately, she encounters the rats of NIMH, an extraordinary breed of highly intelligent creatures, who come up with a brilliant solution to her dilemma. And Mrs. Frisby in turn renders them a great service.

Alternate formats: Youth Playaway; OverDrive eAudiobook

They Called Us Enemy by George Takei

Graphic Novel

Summary: A stunning graphic memoir recounting actor/author/activist George Takei's childhood imprisoned within American concentration camps during World War II. Experience the forces that shaped an American icon — and America itself — in this gripping tale of courage, country, loyalty, and love.

Alternate formats: Hoopla eBook

We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson


Summary: Six years after four family members died of arsenic poisoning, the three remaining Blackwoods-elder, agoraphobic sister Constance; wheelchair-bound Uncle Julian; and 18-year-old Mary Katherine, or, Merricat-live together in pleasant isolation. Merricat has developed an idiosyncratic system of rules and protective magic to guard the estate against intrusions from hostile villagers. But one day a stranger arrives-cousin Charles, with his eye on the Blackwood fortune-and manages to penetrate into their carefully shielded lives. Unable to drive him away by either polite or occult means, Merricat adopts more desperate methods, resulting in crisis, tragedy, and the revelation of a terrible secret.

Alternate formats: Book on CD; MP3 Audiobook; CloudLibrary eBook; CloudLibrary eAudiobook

Each team will choose a charity to play for. The total entry fees will be donated to the winning team’s charity. Teams can either choose a local charity from the list provided OR a non-library, literacy charity of their choice.

Printable Rules & Charity List

Local Charities

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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