Think you’re smarter than a fifth (and sixth) grader? Find out at “Battle of the Books”

Allison McLean of Young People's Services shows the 10 books selected for this year's Battle of the Books, March 25 downtown.

Allison McLean of Young People’s Services shows the 10 books selected for Battle of the Books, taking place March 25 downtown.

Fifth and sixth graders are coming downtown this Saturday for a serious mind game.

For “Battle of the Books,” 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 25, five students on each team have split a stack of 10 selected books. On the day of the event, a timed round-robin occurs with 20 questions per round. Teammates can confer before writing their short answer to each open-ended question.

The public is invited to watch the competition, which will be held at our downtown location.

“Reading is empowering, and this event gives kids who aren’t into sports a chance to work at and compete in something meaningful,” says Allison McLean, who manages the Young People’s Services department at the Library.

The books selected for the competition reflect the titles kids are checking out, but also come recommended from the Young Hoosier Books Awards list and what librarians themselves have enjoyed. Materials for the event, including the books, are provided through a three-year grant secured from the Kroger Foundation, McLean says.

Teams registered in January and will be competing for a trophy and bragging rights. Teachers wanting their students to participate in the 2018 event can contact McLean at (574) 522-2223 or via email.

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