Love of Reading - Howland Public Library Participates in the Mid-Hudson Battle of the Books

Mid-Hudson Region: Twenty-five public libraries throughout the Mid-Hudson Library System’s five counties (Putnam, Dutchess, Columbia, Ulster and Greene) are pleased to be taking part in the 8th annual Battle of the Books (BOB) on Saturday, September 8th, 2012 at Arlington High School in Poughkeepsie.  The Battles begin at 10am and will run until 2pm.  Battle of the Books is a nationally recognized literature contest in which young people answer trivia questions based on specific books that they have read.  It is designed to encourage young people to read good books, build team-working skills, and get together with other students in friendly competition. Close to 300 students who are entering grades 6-9 are reading the same eight books chosen by librarians and staff from participating libraries. Individual library teams have been working hard all summer with their librarians and coaches to prepare for this final Battle in hopes of being the 2012 Battle of the Books Champions.   The reigning Champions are from Beekman Library.  Mini-battles have been played between local libraries throughout the summer in order to practice for the big event. Friends and families are welcome to come out and support the teams.  Fiscal supporters include a generous donation from the Allstate Foundation, M & T Bank, donations from various library Friends Groups, and Hannaford’s.


 Captions for photo: Tony Sorrentino (standing on left) is pictured with some of the Beacon Bees Battle of the Books Team and their coaches Tom and Kristen Rigney.  Tony, Senior Agent for Allstate in the Town of Newburgh, is responsible for making a generous donation through the Allstate Foundation that helped to fund multiple copies of the books for the members.