2015 Elementary Winners from left, Paige Power, Barranca; Amelia Osborne, Aspen; Mary Couture, homeschool; Aliana Montoya, Pinon; Olivia Koo, Barranca and Isaac Gao; Mountain. Courtesy photo
Twenty-Four elementary students in 4th-6th grade and 11 middle school students participated in the Los Alamos County Library’s annual Battle of the Books competitions.
Battle of the Books is a statewide program in which children are invited to read books from a designated list of twenty recommended titles selected by librarians and teachers from across New Mexico.
The children then have a chance to participate in a competition testing their knowledge of the material. The competition encourages children to read quality literature from a variety of genres and learn how to compete as a team in a quiz-bowl format. Battle of the Books encourages recreational reading across a wide range of titles and lets kids practice their memory and recall in a fun, engaging way.
Los Alamos County Library begins each year’s Battle of the Books program in September. Students must be in grades 4-8 to participate. There are multiple copies of each title so many children can read the books simultaneously. The library hosts a weekly review and practice session for the children during February and March and many children participate in Battle of the Books at their schools as well.
Support for this program, including the prizes and refreshments, is generously provided by the Friends of Los Alamos County Libraries.
For more information about how you or your children can participate in the 2016 Battle of the Books, contact the Library’s Youth Services at 505.662.8258.
2015 Middle School teams, from left, Cinlong Huang, Librarian Melissa Mackey, Talia Ben-Naim, Kristen Pimentel, Esther Wermer, Patsy Hensley, Hannah Mullen, Middle School Librarian Lisa Whitacre, Alina Bulthuis; Miriam Sintay, Sarah Worley, Zoe Lederman, Librarian Angie Manfredi and not pictured, Tazler Smith. Courtesy photo