LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY (September 12, 2012) – The Livingston Manor Library Battle of the Books Team placed first at the Ramapo Catskill Library System (RCLS) Regional Battle of the Books on September 8 in Pearl River, NY.
Team members Tara Carlson, Khris DiBartolo, Nathaniel DePaul, Gem Helper, Leif Johansen and Jennifer Meade took home $250 and the champions’ banner after competing in three rounds with nine other library teams from Orange and Rockland Counties.
The RCLS Battle of the Books is set up in a game-show format with two teams competing at a time.
A moderator asks 17 questions per round concerning eight pre-selected books.
Each team member has the opportunity to press a buzzer, confer with team members and attempt to answer the question correctly.
This was the second year that the Manor Library competed and the second year that the final round came down to a tie-breaker question. In 2011 Livingston Manor placed second overall.
The Manor team met weekly over the summer to discuss the eight books on the list and practice for the Battle (see title list below).
Young people in grades 6 to 12 are welcome to inquire about participation in the 2013 competition. For more information call 845-439-5440.
2012 RCLS Regional Battle of the Books – Book List
Anya’s Ghost by Vera Brosgol
City of Bones by Cassandra Clare
Code Talker by Joseph Bruchac
Does My Head Look Big in This? by Randa Abdel-Fattah
Fat Kid Rules the World by K.L. Going
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton
The Notorious Benedict Arnold by Steve Sheinkin