Battle of the Books goes online for 2020-2021

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.

“Battle of the Books is one of our favorite programs at the library,” youth services librarian Jennifer Knight said. “We love connecting with fourth-graders from throughout the county, discussing the books, and helping spark an interest in reading. Over the years, we’ve heard so many great stories from kids, parents, and teachers — we love working with schools, kids and families.”

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.

This program is funded by Friends of the Library Groups.

For more about this and other library youth events and services, visit www.nols.org, call 360-417-8500 or email to youth@nols.org.