Battle of the Books Teams

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!




  • 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 required to complete your registration and get materials.  PARENTS MUST ATTEND.
  • Weekly meetings Wednesdays from 7 pm – 8:30 pm, between the second Wednesday in May to the Wednesday after the Battle competition in August
  • Additional optional meetings added in July
  • A family event is planned each July – normally relating to some aspect of one or more of the books
  • 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.

2017 Sign Up:

  • Sign Up  - begins Monday, April 17  at 10:00 am - Teams fill quickly so register soon.

2017 Team Dates:

  • First Meeting: Wednesday, April 19, 2017 at 7 pm 
  • Pre-Season Meeting: Wednesday, May 17th at 7pm.
  • Weekly Meetings Begin: Wednesday, June 14 from 7 pm – 8:30 pm continuing through August 2 
  • Battle Bash: TBA in July
  • Competition:  Saturday, August 5, 2017 – Morning Competition – Open to the public.  Championship Round 11:30 am


2017 Book Titles: 

Click here to check them out!


2016 Sign Up:

  • Sign Up  - begins Monday, March 28  at 10:00 am - Information packet given to be completed and brought to the Registration Open House.  Teams fill quickly so register soon.

2016 Team Dates:

The Following dates are for those who signed up after Easter:

  • Registration Open House – Sunday, April 24 from 1 - 4 pm.  Parents are REQUIRED to attend. Meeting for those who signed up in March. Bring completed forms packet.  
  • Weekly Meetings Begin – Tuesday, May 10 from 7 pm – 8:30 pm continuing through August 2
  • Battle Bash – Saturday, July 9  from 1 pm to 11 pm
  • Family Event – TBA
  • Pre-Battle Retreat – Friday, August 5 from 10 am to 4 pm
  • Competition – Saturday, August 6 – Morning Competition – Open to the public.  Championship Round 11:30 am
  • Post-Battle Party – Saturday, August 6 – Immediately following competition until 3:30 pm - For battle teams and their families.
  • OP Battle Informal Awards Ceremony (Final Meeting) – Tuesday, August 9 from 7 pm – 8:30 pm



Special Note from 2015 Battle:

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.

B&ECPL Battle of the Books Home Page and 2016 Book Titles

Battle of the Books Competition Day Rules – 2016












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!

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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