Battle of the Books Blog

Are You on the Next Winning Team?

An Uncle Sam recruitement poster makeover: Unlce Sam in in middle pointing at the viewer, wears a red button with Eisenhower Library logo and word "READ" on it. The poster reads: "I want you for battle of the books. Enlist at your school."Have you signed up for your school's Battle Team? See your school's Battle Coach to register for the Battle of the Books competition held at Eisenhower Library in February and March.

With snacks, trophies, 18 books, "Spin the Wheel" Bonus points, and a Guest Speaker, we have all the ingredients for a great season.

The book list has been finalized as is, so it is time to start reading! (If, you have not already...)

Projected Battle Schedule

Sword through stack of books; overhead a clock reads 4:00Here is the projected schedule for the 2014-2015 Battle Season.

  • Practice Battle: Feb. 11th at 4:00pm
  • Battle 1: Feb. 18th at 4:00pm
  • Battle 2: Feb. 25th at 4:00pm
  • Battle 3: Mar. 4th at 4:00pm
  • Battle 4: Mar. 11th at 4:00pm
  • Battle 5: Mar. 18th at 4:00pm
  • Award Ceremony (with Special Guest Speaker & Autograph Session): Mar. 25th

We look forward to seeing everyone then!

Battle Books Have Arrived

A close up of the head of the dragon on the Kids World mural: the dragon has orange scales and is laying on his stomach with his head supported by his hand under his chin. He has glasses on his snout and his other hand is turning the pages of a redbook propped on a log. Dragon is in a green meadow with a lake in the background.Get a jump start on the reading list for the 2014-2015 Battle of the Books season.

The Battle Books have all been selected save for the last two, which should be chosen soon.

Copies of the chosen Battle Books are available for checkout. They may be found on the Battle Shelf located directly under the dragon in the wall mural. The Battle Books will have yellow tape on the spine that reads BATTLE.

Copies of the Battle Book list are availble on the Battle Shelf, or it may be viewed online.

Arm yourself with as many books as possible! Will your school with the tournament this year?

Battle Awards

Photo shows author Eric Kahn Gale as he speaks to the Battle participants; He is weaign glasses, jeans and a blue collared shirt pushed up at the elbows. His hands are in his front pocketsThe 2013-2014 Battle Season closed out with a bang! (and pizza)

Thank you to all the participants and their family members for coming out to celebrate with us this past Wednesday.

If you were on one of the Battle teams this season and were unable to make it to the Battle Awards Ceremony, please see your coach for your medal and/or certificate.

We wish to send out a thank you to our guest speaker, author Eric Kahn Gale, for sharing his time and 'story' with us.

We extend a big thank you to the Battle Coaches who have worked so hard to make all the teams a success this year. We appreciate all your hard work on behalf of this program.

To all participants: We will comply your votes for the Kids Choice Battle book for the 2014-2015 season. If you have not taken the survey and wish to make a plug for a particular book, contact your Battle coach or Kids World.

Stay tuned to the Battle blog for any updates for the 2014-2015 season.

Battle 5: Final Scores

Battle 5 scores: Pennoyer 68 overall 318; St Monica Blue 48 overall 267; Leigh 79 overall 264; Giles Purple 69 overall 259; Giles Green 51 overall 239; St Eugene 58 overall 235; Union Ridge 59 overall 230; St Monica White 49 overall 224

Battle of the Books is over for the 2013-2014 season!  Congratulations to all the players who have participated this year.

First place goes to Pennoyer school with 318 total points.

Second place goes to St. Monica Blue team with 267 points.

Third place goes to Leigh with 264 points.

Remember points were awarded for challenges from Battle 4 to the scores of the final Battle. To see photos of the scores from the final Battle check out our Facebook page.

Don't forget that on March 19, 2014 at 4:00pm we will be having out Battle of the Books Awards Ceremony with our special guest author Eric Kahn Gale along with a pizza party for those who have participated in Battle of the Books.

Also, a special thanks to all of our great coaches and parents who make Battle of the Books possible.

Battle 4 Recap

Battle Four scores: Pennoyer 65 overall 250; St Monica Blue 53 overall 219; Giles Purple 46 overall 190; Giles Green 53 overall 188; Leigh 50 overall 185; St Eugene 42 overall 177; St Monica White 50 overall 175; Union Ridge 46 overall 171Congratulations go to all teams for their efforts in the last battle. All ties have been broken, though many of the teams remain close in score.

Important things to note from Battle 4:

1. Points were awarded to some of the challenges from Battle 3. They have been added to Battle 4's scores.

2. The first negative points were given out during Battle 4. We ask all teams to exhibit good sportsmanship. Please do not embarrass or make fun of members of your own team or those on other teams. In addition, please remember to avoid unnecessary dialogue.

3. When challenging a question, your team should call out “challenge” and then state your team name. No further comments should be made during Battle. The question and all the teams’ answers will be reviewed before next Battle. However, please be aware that next Battle is the last Battle. Therefore, no challenges can be made.

Battle 3 Recap

Battle 3 scores: Pennoyer 59 overall185; St. Monica Blue 55 overall 166; Giles Purple 48 overall 144; Giles Green 61 overall 135; Leigh 48 overall 135; St. Eugene 47 overall 135; St. Monica White 41 overall 125; Union Ridge 38 overall 125Thank you to all participants (and their families) for your patience during Battle. Additional measures are being put into place to ensure that Battle will be let out on time in the upcoming. Please assist our efforts by keeping the discussion to a minimum between Battle Questions.

Any additional points from the challenges will be awarded during the next Battle.

Congratulations to the teams for their efforts during Battle. While the top three teams have maintained their placement, the rest of the running board has changed considerably. A lot of teams are tied for placement. Everyone's efforts are really showing.

We look forward to seeing everyone next week.

Battle 2 Overview

Battle 2 Scores: Pennoyer 53/overall total 126; St. Monica Blue 46/overall total 111; Giles Purple 42/overall total 96; St. Eugene 48/overall total 88; Leigh 30/overall total 87; Union Ridge 43/overall total 87; St. Monica White 47/overall total 84; Giles Green 36/overall total 74


Nice job Battle teams!

While Pennoyer and St Monica Blue teams have retained their first and second placement from the first Battle, Giles Purple has taken over third place. Many of the teams have used Battle 2 to narrow the gap between themselves and other teams.


Quick recap:

  • No points were awarded for challenges to Battle 1 questions. Make sure before you answer a question you listen or read it entirely. Hints are often given to help narrow your focus and may point to a specific point in the book.
  • Please remember to speak softy in your teams lest you give away your answer to another team.
  • Regarding the snack break: Snacks are only guaranteed for the Battle participants. However, audience members who have stayed in the Battle room, are welcome to any plates that might be leftover. In addition, Battle participants with specific dietary needs may see one of the Library's staff for an alternate snack choice.

Thanks for another great Battle! We look forward to seeing each team next week.

The First Battle's Scores

Congratulations to all Battle participants for their strong efforts in the first Battle.

The current standings are as follows:

Battle 1 scores: Pennoyer 73; St. Monica Blue 65; Leigh 57; Giles Purple 54; Union Ridge 44; St. Eugene 40; Giles Green 38; St. Monica White 37You can view pictures of the Battle's score boards on the Library's facebook page.

The challenges are currently being reivewed. If any points are rewarded, they will be given out the next Battle.

We look forward to seeing everyone next week.