Logo with the words "Westchester Library System Battle of the Books" featuring two anthropomorphic books with faces getting ready to punch each other in the center.

What is Battle of the Books?
Battle of the Books is an the annual book trivia tournament run by the Westchester Library System. Every library has its own teams and we ‘re looking for kids in grades 4-12 to represent  Dobbs Ferry!

When and where is the 2021 tournament?
Weekly practices will begin in June and the battles will be weekly starting on July 20th and ending on August 19th. Grades 4-7 will battle on Tuesdays at 6pm and grades 6-12 will battle on Thursdays at 6pm. Everything will be virtual!

What books will we be reading?
Grades 4-7

  • New Kid by Jerry Craft
  • The Parker Inheritance by Varian Johnson
  • The New Great Paulie Fink by Ali Benjamin
  • Bob by Wendy Mass and Rebecca Stead
  • Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan

Grades 6-12

  • Nyxia by Scott Reintgen
  • Cinder by Marissa Meyer
  • Truly Devious by Maureen Johnson
  • The Secret Life of Prince Charming by Deb Caletti
  • Akata Witch by Nnendi Okorafor

All books will be provided by the library and you get to keep your copies!

What if I can’t make all the practices and/or battles?
That’s okay! Come for what you can!

How do I join?
For grades 4-7, please talk to Ms. Gina by emailing her at dobchildref@wlsmail.org, calling (914) 693-6615, or stopping by the children’s room. For grades 6-12, email Ms. Allee at amanning@wlsmail.org/

What if I want to volunteer?
This year, we don’t need judges, room monitors, or ushers, as we are virtual. However, we could always use help writing up practice questions and monitoring the Zoom! Anyone over 14, who is not already a participant in BOB, can volunteer. If you are available and willing to volunteer, please send email Ms. Gina at dobchildref@wlsmail.org.

We’re also open to sponsorship! Sponsors will be acknowledged on the Library Website, press releases, social media related to the event, as well as any other publicity materials. If you would like to make a donation, please make your check out to the Friends of the Dobbs Ferry Public Library and send to the library c/o Elizabeth Hobson. Please join us and support this great event which promotes literacy, encourages teens to look at the library as a resource for entertainment, and inspires good sportsmanship in an atmosphere of friendly competition.

Wait! I have more questions!
Email Ms. Gina at dobchildref@wlsmail.org or call (914) 693-6615.