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Students duke it out in Battle of the Books

Warrenton Grade School students enjoy quiet time with books in one of the campus library's reading alcoves. (Cindy Yingst)
Friday, March 9, 2018

The 2018 regional Oregon Battle of the Books tournament will take place Saturday, March 10, at Warrenton Grade School.

Registration of teams and training for volunteers start at 8:30 a.m., welcome and introductions are at 10 a.m. and matches begin at 10:15.

Teams from Clatsop, Columbia, Tillamook and Washington counties in divisions sixth through eight will compete. The top teams in each division move on to the state finals on April 7 at Chemeketa Community College in Salem.

Eleven teams are expected to participate locally in a round-robin, quiz-bowl-type competition hosted by the Grade School. Students read up to 16 books and answer questions on the content of those books written by volunteer teams of teachers, librarians and others.

Participation in the competition fosters a love of reading in students and can generate much excitement about academic achievement, said Diane Widdows, school librarian.

“In many schools, the final school team is selected in a competition held in front of the entire student body, so the reach of the program extends beyond just participating team members,” Widdows said. “The positive image of reading created by the Battle of the Books has incalculable effects on attitudes toward reading of a large number of area students.”

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