History



Battle of the Books is a free annual book-based trivia tournament that promotes team-work, literacy and a love of reading. It encourages youth to think of their local public library as a resource and inspires good sportsmanship in an atmosphere of friendly competition. Elementary and middle school youth in Drayton Valley and Brazeau County in grades 4 through 6 are eligible to participate.


Participating schools put together a team of students who will work together to read as many books as possible from the reading list for their grade level. A friendly reading and reading comprehension competition for youth in grades 3-4 and grades 5-6, we plan to expand to include grades 7-8 for our 25th annual Battle of the Books in 2020!

Teams practice during March and April. Each student reads at least 5 of 20 books and, in teams of 4 plus one alternate, demonstrates their knowledge by answering questions in a tournament. Local youth build sportsmanship, interpersonal skills, public speaking skills and literacy skills as they work together in their school teams. Team captains or coaches may assist students by holding practice trivia games and activities that encourage the students to read as many books as possible.

Drayton Valley Libraries will help support teams and team captains by visiting them at their schools to share a presentation and book talk with students. Additional visits or meetings can be arranged with library staff on request. Drayton Valley Libraries also ensures that copies of the books are available for schools and their students.

The 2018 book battles were held on Thursday, May 3rd, 2018. Drayton Valley Libraries is hosting the 24th annual Battle of the Books competition on Tuesday, April 30th, 2019 in the Town Chambers at the Town Office. The Town Office and Drayton Valley Municipal Library are located at 5120 - 52nd Street, Drayton Valley.

The school with the winning team will receive a trophy to display in their school. The top three teams in grades 3-4 and in grades 5-6 will receive medals. All participating students will receive a certificate and attend an author presentation by our guest judge and author of one of the books they have read!

There is no fee for youth to participate in Battle of the Books so we need support from the community! Click here if you would like to be a sponsor for this fantastic program. If you can donate or if you are aware of anyone who would be willing to participate in a Friends of the Library group, please have them contact Darlene Edwards. The primary role of this group would be to solicit and secure sponsors for this and other library programs!

To find out how to participate or for more information, contact Darlene Edwards