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Pickaway County Library: Setting for 2013 Battle of the Books

On April 12, 2013, over fifty high school students from across three Ohio counties assembled at the Pickaway County Library to compete in the annual Battle of the Books – Hilliard Bradley, Circleville, Logan, Logan Elm, Teays Valley, and Westfall.  This year’s Battle of the Books required students to read and analyze 18 books.  Among this year’s selections were: 1984, The Things They Carried, The Fault in Our Stars, Jasper Jones, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children.  Each year, students and school librarians develop the list and Lisa Campbell, Teays Valley school librarian, compiles the questions submitted by each school’s coach, often a school librarian, and develops a master list of over 450 questions that will be used in the competition.  Michelle Callahan, Public Relations Coordinator at the Pickaway County Library, coordinated the volunteers to ask the questions, score, and keep time.  The buzzer lent authenticity to the Battle as questions and answers were fired back and forth to each competing team in multiple rounds.  The lightning round was the most exciting to watch as students rang in with their respective buzzers.  In the end, says one Circleville student, “it’s not about who wins as much as it is to get a chance to talk to other students who like to read.”  Visit the OELMA Facebook page to see pictures