Olympic Peninsula students eye 2019 Battle of the Books program, competitions

Get, ready. Get set. Read!

The Battle of the Books is a year-long collaborative project between the North Olympic Library System and schools from across Clallam County and with homeschool students. From October through February, library staff host book discussions at fourth grade classrooms as well as facilitate a homeschooled group. Participating students receive free copies of the five books read throughout the year, as well as a T-Shirt featuring original student artwork.

Semi-final trivia competitions are held at schools in March to determine which teams will represent their school in the final competition.

During the final competition — set for 6:30 p.m. on Friday, March 20, at the Port Angeles Library — teams of students from each school participate in several rounds of book-related trivia based on the books they’ve read during the year.


This year’s Battle of the Books read include:

• October — “The Sasquatch Escape” by Suzanne Selfors

• November — “Me, Frida, and the Secret of the Peacock Ring” by Angela Cervantes

• December — “Dragons in a Bag” by Zetta Elliott

• January — “Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus” by Dusti Bowling

• February — “Lifeboat 12” by Susan Hood

Homeschool competitors

For homeschooled students, an orientation is set for 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 17, at the Sequim Library, 630 N. Sequim Ave. Register early by visiting the Youth Services Department of the Sequim Library, calling 360-683-1161 x7766, or emailing to youth@nols.org.

Book discussions for homeschooled students are held at from 3:30-4:30 on the second Tuesday of each month, October through February, at the Sequim Library.

The semi-final trivia competition for homeschooled students is at 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 10, also at the Sequim Library.

More info

The Battle of the Books program is made possible through generous support from the Friends of Sequim Library, Port Angeles Friends of the Library and Friends of the Forks Library.

For more information about this and other programs for youth, call 360-417-8500, email to youth@nols.org or visit www.nols.org.

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