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Boston Library holds battle of the books practice

BOSTON — The battle of the books, a summer reading program within the Buffalo and Erie County Public Library system, held a practice reading session on June 11 at the Boston Free Library.

Laura McLeod, the manager of a Boston team said, “The children will be ready to compete on Aug. 3, for the finals at [Erie Community College south] campus.”

“Summer reading at New York libraries is an annual program that brings children and families into the local libraries for reading and activities. Over 1.6 million of New York’s children and teens participated in the state library-sponsored program in 2011, according to the New York state library; a division of The children are encouraged to discuss, write and report on the books they read. Library staff will then help children select reading materials and provide literacy-enhancing programs, such as storytelling, music, arts and performances.”

John King Jr., commissioner of the NYS education department, said, “I encourage students, across the state, to participate in the summer reading programs. As educators across New York work to implement the new common core standards, it is important that students continue to read, while school is not in session. This is a great way for students to work towards a college and career readiness, during the summer, and stay sharp for the next school year.”

Nearly 20 libraries, within the Erie County library system, will send teams to this year’s battle of the books competition. Last year, the Marilla Library team won the gold medal. There were approximately 500 individuals in attendance, at last year’s event. This year, the battle will take place at Erie Community College’s south campus and will feature between 37 and 60 teams.

The library’s website explained that, “each team will consist of four players, but no more than eight. Team members must be entering grades six – nine and coaches must register the final number for the library by July 15. There are five rounds, in which each team will participate, and each round will last approximately 10 minutes.”

This year’s featured list of five books will include “The Graveyard Book” by Neil Gaiman, “Charlie Joe Jackson’s Guide to Not Reading” by Tom Greenwald, “Hero” by Mike Lupica, “Juniper Berry – A Tail of Terror and Temptation” by M.P. Kozlowsky and “Savvy” by Ingrid Law.

For a complete list of the rules, or more information, visit the library online at

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