Fourth-graders throughout Clallam County are invited to participate in the North Olympic Library System’s Battle of the Books program for 2020-2021.
From November-March, participants read five books —each available at local library branches — and discuss them at meetings on Zoom. In March, participants can test their memory at a fun event featuring trivia questions about the books. Online, participants will find discussion questions, activities and title read-alikes to help expand their experience.
Register at www.nols.org/battle-of-the-books, to receive the Zoom information and a set of all five books to read and add to your home library.
An annual tradition on the Olympic Peninsula since 2013, Battle of the Books is designed to encourage reading, expose kids to a wide range of genres, inspire teamwork, and to help students build a home library. Based on several other Battle of the Books competitions offered regionally and throughout the country, the program in Clallam County has its own flavor.
A limited number of books sets will be available, but titles are also available for checkout in multiple formats (including audiobook) in the North Olympic Library System catalog. This season’s Battle of the Books titles include: “Stella Díaz Has Something to Say” by Angela Dominguez; “Fuzzy Mud” by Louis Sachar; “Front Desk” by Kelly Yang; “The Season of Styx Malone” by Kekla Magoon, and “Aru Shah and the End of Time” by Roshani Chokshi.
The Zoom book discussion schedule is as follows:
• 4 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 18 — “Stella Díaz Has Something to Say”
• 4 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 16 — “Fuzzy Mud”
• 4 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 20 —“Front Desk”
• 4 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 17 — “The Season of Styx Malone”
• 4 p.m. Wednesday, March 17 — “Aru Shah and the End of Time”
“Although this year will definitely be different, we’re excited to offer something, and to encourage kids to pick up some of these great titles,” Knight said.