Rockwood’s second annual Battle of the Books will take place online April 13, due to the closure of schools.
“This year, we will have each elementary school hold the event via Zoom at different times,” said Chesterfield Elementary librarian Steve Brim. “Our librarians will serve as facilitators.”
The trivia-style contest pairs teams of students up against each other to test their knowledge about books designated as Mark Twain nominees. In eight rounds of 10 questions, students come up with answers to questions about the books. The competition tests students' comprehension.
Different book genres will be represented this year, including graphic novel, horror, realistic fiction, fantasy and animal fiction. Brim said students have shown more interest in the competition this year.
“I have had so many more students reading the Mark Twain nominees in hopes of being on the team for the Battle of the Books,” said Brim. “This year, I already have third-graders who are asking about next year. So, I expect more and more students to be interested in the years to come.”
Although this year’s setup is atypical, the focus remains unchanged.
“It’s important for kids to be a part of something like this because it teaches them about setting a goal and working toward that goal,” said Brim. “This is a wonderful event, but it wouldn’t happen without the help from every Rockwood elementary school librarian as well as Margaret Sullivan, the district’s lead librarian.”