Battle of the Books Blog

Gene Ha Returns!

Eisenhower's Comic Con Logos: Boy with flame colored hair, black cape, green, yellow, and gray outfit stands slightly behind girl with long blue hair wearing a pink skirt outfit and white gloves and bootsGene Ha, last year's Battle Awards guest speaker, will be back at Eisenhower Public Library for the Mini-Comic Con this Saturday, September 7th.

He will be giving away free sketches to kids, so be sure to drop by his table between 12:30 - 3:30 pm.

Eisenhower's first Mini-Comic Con will host other artists and comic book venders, too. There will also be a costume contest, so if you wish to participate, be sure to dress to impress! Don't want to go with a superhero or villain? Disney characters, Star Wars, Pokemon, cartoon and even video game characters are also an option. The possibilities are endless!

There is no registration for the Comic Con, so just head to the Library on Saturday afternoon.

As you head back to school

Don't forget to ask your teacher about how to join your school's Battle of the Books team.

Give yourself enough time to read as many of the books as possible. You don't have to wait until your team's first meeting to start reading the battle books. Remember, the more you read, the less you need to rely on others to earn those points for the Battle questions. Every point can make a big difference in your team's rankings.

We look forward to seeing you in the library!

2013-2014 Battle Books Have Been Chosen

The 2013-2014 Battle of the Books book list has been finalized! Updated lists and rules will soon be posted on the Battle webpage.

For now, you can get a head start on reading the Battle Books by popping into the Library. The Battle books are now on the Battle Shelf under the dragon mural. Simply look for books with yellow tape on the spine that reads, "Battle."

Happy Reading!

New Battle Books?

It is time to decide what book will be the Kids Choice for the 2013-2014 Battle of the Books season.

Do you think you know a book you'd like to read as part of Battle?

Talk to your school's Battle Coach or one of your Eisenhower Librarians about the book you would choose.

Thank you!

Gene Ha with Donated ArtThank you to all of our Battle Participants and Battle Coaches for a great battle season.

We would  like to extend our greatest appreciation to Gene Ha for coming to the library to speak to and draw our Battle participants.

We would also like to thank him for donating a piece of his work to the Eisenhower Public Library District.

His rendition of the Easter Bunny and Tooth Fairy from The Guardians of Childhood series by William Joyce is beautifully done.

The donated piece will be one of the pieces on display for "Eisenhower's 40 Unique Items" beginning on Friday April 19th. This display is part of our year long celebration of Eisenhower's 40th Anniversary. We encourage everyone to stop and pick up a brochure so you can spot all of the great things that make Eisenhower unique.

Battle Awards Ceremony

Today the Battle Awards Ceremony will be taking place at 4pm. Comic book artist, Gene Ha, will be our guest speaker and will be showing samples of his artwork. Pizza will be eaten! Trophies handed out. Remember you must have been on your school's battle team to participate. See you there!

Guardians Have Arrived!

The Rise of the Guardians is available for check out at the library. GuardiansMovieThe movie is based on the series of The Guardians of Childhood by William Joyce and battle book, Nicholas St. North is the first chapter book in the series.

The Final Results

Congratulations to all for a great battle season! The final points have been tallied and it is time to announce the winners! First place goes to Pennoyer. Second place to St. Eugene. Third place goes to Union Ridge. For more information on how the scores broke down, see the Recent Standings page. The awards ceremony will be held Wednesday, April 10th. All who participated in Battle of the Books are invited. Each participant will be given a certificate of participation and trophies will be handed out to the winners. Gene Ha, a comic book artist, will be our guest speaker.

Battle Round 4

The scores for the fourth Battle have been updated on the Recent Standings page. Pennoyer maintained their lead. Congratulations to St. Eugene has overtaken Union Ridge for second place. However, the scores remain very close. A wordsearch was added to the Battle Fun page this past week. More Book Fun to come!

Did you know?

Have an opinion about what books should be in the next battle? You can post your reccomendations on the Suggestion for the Next Battle page. You do not have to list your name or email if you do not want to. We have received a request for more recent book fun activities. Look for them during the upcoming week.