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Youth Services: Battle of the Books

Ramapo Catskill Library System Youth Services provides support to young adult and children’s librarians throughout all of Orange, Rockland, Sullivan and southern Ulster counties. By offering services and advocacy through a combined system wide effort, RC

What is Battle of the Books?

Battle of the Books is a college bowl-type program for teens entering 6th through the 12th grade. Participants in the RCLS program read eight preselected titles and then participate in trivia battles based on the books at a Regional Battle usually in early September. The goal of the program is to promote a love of reading in teens, to expose them to titles and authors that they might not encounter otherwise, to encourage them to think of their local public library as a resource for entertainment and to inspire teamwork and good sportsmanship in an atmosphere of friendly competition. The titles for the program are chosen by representatives from the participating libraries. Care is taken to include a variety of genres.

2023 Battle of the Books Titles

2022 Battle of the Books

Congratulations 2022 Regional Battle Winners!

First Place: Finkelstein Memorial Library, Spring Valley

Second Place: Daniel Pierce Library, Grahamsville

Third Place: Middletown, Thrall Library


Thank you to all of the teens, coaches, and volunteers that made the 2022 Battle of the Books possible!

Battle of the Books Resources

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