LAGRANGEVILLE - The Beacon Bees representing Howland Public Library, swarmed into first place on September 7, 2013 when they became the champions of the 9th annual Battle of the Books. After competing for five hours at Arlington High School in Lagrangeville, there were some tense moments as the last three teams "battled" it out. Congratulations to Redhook Public Library’s "Just Red" team for taking second place, and Hyde Park Library’s "Page Turners" for coming in third.
Twenty-two public libraries throughout the Mid-Hudson Library System’s five counties (Putnam, Dutchess, Columbia, Ulster and Greene) competed in this nationally recognized literature contest in which young teens answered trivia questions based on books they all read this summer. Close to 200 students in grades 6-9 came together in friendly competition as over 100 parents and family members cheered on. Individual library teams worked hard all summer with their librarians and coaches to prepare for this final regional Battle. Mini-battles were played between local libraries throughout the summer in order to practice for the big event. The teams all proved to be winners when it came to knowledge, team spirit, and good sportsmanship.
A big thank you to our host venue, Arlington High School as well as: Blackwood and Brouwer Booksellers who supplied multiple copies of the books to the libraries, Hannaford Supermarket, Stewart’s Shops, all of the volunteers, families who came out to support the teams, and the coaches and librarians who work so hard throughout the year.