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.
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. A family event is also planned which usually relates to something from one or more of the books. The day before the competition, the teams meet for final preparations.
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.
Bring a friend and join us!
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!
The Following dates are for those who signed up after Easter:
Coach Amy writes to the authors of the books each year to let them know their book is being used in our competition. Many authors write a letter or email of encouragement back to the teams. In 2015, we had an extra special reply from author Chris Grabenstein, author of Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library. Take a couple minutes to view the video and learn about his Buffalo connection!
After Battle season is over, continue to meet with the friends you make! Many of the Battle team members participate in the BookendS program at the library during the school year. For more info, visit our BookendS webpage.
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.
The 2014 Battle teams and coaches say Thank You to the Friends of the Orchard Park Public Library and the B&ECPL for supporting this program, and to their parents for always supporting them!
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.
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!
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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