The first Battle of the Books was held in 1995, making the year 2020 the official 25th anniversary.  However, due to COVID-19 precautions the regular Battle of the books was postponed and was held in an online format on June 19th, 2020.  In 2021, we hosted Mini BOB which was also held in an online format and open to teams or individuals.  As we strive to build readers and library users, the format of Battle of the Books will continue to evolve.

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 hope to expand to include grades 7-8.

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.  Books can be borrowed through Drayton Valley Library or can be found in other ways that participants may have access to.

The Battle of the Books Competition is usually held in the Town Chambers at the Town Office.  

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 would like to participate in battle of the books please contact our programmer, Verna Wicks.