2018 Programs

In addition to the competition itself, a variety of fun tie-in programming will be offered throughout the winter. Please note the location of each program. All participants are invited to attend any or all programs.  

Battle of the Books Kick-Off • Thursday, January 11 • 6:30 p.m.
Location: Delta Township District Library (5130 Davenport Drive, Lansing)
Come to learn more about Battle of the Books, including booktalks of this year’s booklist, information about the program, and Q & A.  This is a great overview for those new to Battle and a good refresher for returning teams.  Adults, teens, and kids (4th grade and up) are all welcome to participate.

Team Spirit Events
Saturday, January 27 • 1-2:30 p.m.
(Location: Grand Ledge Area District Library – 131 E. Jefferson St., Grand Ledge)
Monday, February 5 • 6-7:30 p.m. (Location: Delta Township District Library)
We’ll have materials on hand to help you build team spirit – make posters, buttons, and more!  (Teams who would like to decorate clothing items may bring in their own t-shirts, etc. and we’ll provide fabric paints and markers).  We’ll also be giving out battle tips and tricks and chatting about the books. Teams are welcome to come to one or both events.

Book Book Night • Thursday, February 15 • 6-7:30 p.m.
Location: Delta Township District Library
Have fun with your team and get prepared for battle with book-themed activities.  Get a better understanding of the books and pick up possible battle questions.  Plus, Rita Williams-Garcia, author of One Crazy Summer, will be joining us via Skype for Q & A and a book chat!

Battle Book Chat • Saturday, February 24 • 1-2:30 p.m.
Location: Grand Ledge Area District Library
Join us for a fun and casual discussion of some of this year’s battle books.  Dive deeper into the themes, plots, and characters and prepare for battle by improving your knowledge of the books.

Preliminary Battle • Thursday, March 1 • 6:30-7:45 p.m.
Location: Delta Township District Library
All teams will compete in this written battle to see who knows the most about the five battle books.

Semi-Final Battles • Saturday, March 10 • 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Location: Delta Township District Library
All teams will be assigned a semi-final battle time following the preliminary round.  The top teams from the semi-finals will earn a spot in the Final Battle.

Battle Party Potluck • Saturday, March 10 • 12:15-12:45 p.m.
Location: Delta Township District Library
All Battle participants and fans are invited to a Battle Party Potluck between the Semi-Finals and Final Battle. Each team is encouraged to bring a Battle book-themed dish to share (plus a small sign indicating what it is). Be creative! The Library will provide plates, napkins, utensils and cups.

Final Battle • Saturday, March 10 • 1 p.m.
Location: Delta Township District Library
The top teams will contend for first place in this head-to-head competition.  All Battle participants, friends, and family are encouraged to attend and cheer on these winning teams!  Prizes will be awarded to the winning and second place teams.