Battle of the Books Teams


The 2020 Battle has been rescheduled to 2021.  Learn more on the B&ECPL website.

If you are currently in grades 5 - 8 and enjoy books and fun, join the Orchard Park teams this May to participate in the Battle of the Books! You will meet other kids who share your love of books, win prizes and books, and challenge yourself.  Teams from libraries across Erie County, NY compete to be the Battle Champions.  They compete by answering questions about the 5 books selected by members of the B&ECPL staff for that year’s competition. Previously, Orchard Park has had 2 or 3 Battle of the Books (BoB) teams participate in the competition.

Bring a friend and join us!

Orchard Park’s Battle teams meet weekly to prepare for the county-wide, friendly competition among libraries, which is held the first Saturday in August.   The weekly meetings are fun-filled with snacks that relate to food items mentioned in the books and activities are planned to relate to experiences in the books.  Practice sessions are lively.  Each student specializes in two of the five books, but reads the others, as well.  


There are additional events planned beyond the weekly meetings.  A “Battle Bash” is held in July to get to better know your team mates, practice for the competition with a “mock battle” and to just have fun together.  Games are held both inside and outside; snacks and dinner are included. 

The Battle Competition is on the first Saturday in August and is held at ECC South Campus.  Library teams are paired and each team answers 15 questions per book.   The two top scoring teams compete in a championship round.  After the competition, Orchard Park participants and their families return to the OP Library for an after-party with pizza, games and door-prizes. 


Past team members of Battle enjoy it so much, they return as student coaches during their High School years.  This is a wonderful experience to add to your college applications!






  • Sign Up starts the Monday after Easter each year.  SIGNUP REQUIRED. Call the library at 716-662-9851 or use the sign-up sheet at the reference desk. There will be a sign-up sheet at the desk and participants will receive a packet to complete and bring to the Registration Open House.
  • Registration Open House is Wednesday April 18th at 7pm.  PARENTS MUST ATTEND.
  • Weekly meetings Wednesdays from 7 pm – 8:30 pm, between May 23, 2018 to Wednesday August 1, 2018
  • Additional optional "Battle Cram" themed-meetings added in July
  • Competition held the first Saturday in August.  Competition in the morning at ECC South immediately followed by a team party at the Orchard Park Public Library.

2018 Sign Up:

  • Sign Up  - begins Monday, April 2  at 10:00 am - Teams fill quickly so register soon.

2018 Team Dates:

  • Registration/Interest Meeting: Wednesday, April 18th from 7-8:30pm - each family that has signed up for Battle of the Books 2018 can come visit the library to turn in their pre-season paper work and learn a little bit more about the Battle of the Books Experience at the Orchard Park Library! Families are encouraged to spend about 30 minutes at this event visiting our information tables. If you sign up to join Orchard Park Library's Battle of the Books competition AFTER the registration open house that is OK! However, you will be asked to come in to the library to turn in pre-season paperwork BEFORE the first official Battle of the Books meeting on May 23rd
  • Book Pick-Up: Each contestant will receive all FIVE of the 2018 Battle of the Books selections to take home and keep. When the Books arrive a book pick-up announcement will be sent out. Book Pick-Up is typically in early May, all contestants will be notified when the books arrive. 
  • Weekly Meetings Begin: Wednesday May 23rd and last until August 1st
  • Battle Bash: July 7th
  • Competition:  Saturday, August 4, 2018 – Morning Competition – Open to the public.  Championship Round 11:30 am.
  • Post-Battle Party & Awards Ceremony – Saturday, August 4th. Back at the OP Library – Immediately following competition until 2 pm. ​


2018 Book Titles: 

Click here to check them out!

Parents:  Your youth will be having fun, making new friends with similar interests and at the same time will be learning study skills, team work, organizational skills, communication skills, critical thinking, and much more.

The Battle of the Books program is sponsored by the Buffalo &Erie County Public Library System. The Orchard Park teams are supported by the Friends of the Orchard Park Public Library.

B&ECPL Battle of the Books Home Page and 2018 Book Titles

Battle of the Books Competition Day Rules – 2016


Parent Testimonials:

I see BoB as a program that makes kids read books that they might not otherwise pick up and hence 'stretch' them and hopefully open them to new genres/authors. It also stimulates critical reading/thinking skills so they keep these skills progressing rather than regressing over the summer.
- P.L.

My daughter first participated in Battle the summer after 5th grade.  It was a fantastic opportunity to meet other middle schoolers who share her interests.  She looked forward to every meeting because the people are fun.  She enjoyed each book more than the one she read before!  Several were books she wouldn’t have selected on her own.  Now when she does her homework, I see her applying the skills she learned through Battle.  She asked me the other day to make sure I sign her up for Battle this year!
- A.N.


Participant Testimonials:

Battle changed my life by being a place where I felt safe. I never really had an easy time making friends when I was younger and when the friend that introduced me to the program left half way through, I was initially scared. But I found that the majority of the other participants shared similar interests and I made friends that I have kept in touch with over the years that I may have never talked to otherwise. It really helped me come out of my shell and come into a frame of mind where I wasn’t afraid to take charge.  This isn’t your average “book club” because unlike the rest we have fun, friends, and food making it an enjoyable and worthwhile experience.






























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