Teens from all over Alachua County converged at Headquarters Library on July 27th for our 10th Annual Battle of the Books. Teams representing our Library Partnership, Tower, Millhopper, Headquarters, High Springs, Newberry, and Waldo branches assembled for a day of fun, trivia, and a celebration of reading. Approximately 50 teens participated in the Battle of the Books program throughout the summer, meeting with coaches at their local branches to read and discuss Grand Theft Horse by G. Neri, The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo, and Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo. All participants were provided with the books though a generous gift from our Friends of the Library!
The Friends of the Library also provided the funding to bring in our guest speaker, Coretta Scott King Award-winning author, G. Neri. Mr. Neri spoke for about an hour about Grand Theft Horse, his writing process, and upcoming projects including a book about Antactica and the film adaptation of his novel, Ghetto Cowboy, which will star Idris Elba and Caleb Mclaughlin (Lucas in Stranger Things!)
After Mr. Neri spoke, we had a short intermission before the "battle" began, with refreshments and floral arrangements generously donated by The Fresh Market.
With a mighty 235 points, the combined team of Millhopper and Tower took second place.
Your 2019 Battle of the Books champions, with 270 points, Headquarters! Each team member received a copy of Crooked Kingdom, the sequel to Six of Crows (provided by The Friends of the Library) and annual museum passes donated by the CADE Museum for Creativity and Invention!
Thank you to our sponsors Friends of the Library, The Fresh Market, CADE Museum, G.Neri, our guest judge Sherry Scoville, all the the friends and family who came to support, and all of the teens who participated in the 10th annual Teen Battle of the Books!