Adult Battle of the Books

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Battle: Friday April 12 at 7 pm
on the Library Mezzanine

Team registration for Adult Battle of the Books is full.


Battle Book Discussion
Tuesday, April 16, 7 pm
Orchard Room
Ages 18 +

Did you read the Adult Battle Books?
Join in to talk about them — whether or not you participated on a Battle team
Adult Battle Registration is full.

The Battle will take place on Friday, April 12, at 7pm on the Library Mezzanine. Competition will consist of 50 factual questions about the five Battle Books and how they relate to each other. Teams may not call upon outside help – no notes, no books, no helpful audience members, no electronic devices, etc.

New this year, all teams will have the opportunity to play all the way through the competition! We have done away with the Championship Round. Prizes will be awarded to the first- and second-place teams.

Call 837-3449 to learn more. Let the Battle preparation begin!
Adult Battle Book List for 2019

cover art HOMEGOING BY YAA GYASI
Effia and Esi: half sisters with very different destinies: one sold into slavery, the other a slave trader's wife. This intimate, gripping story spans three continents and seven generations.

cover art THE CALCULATING STARS BY MARY ROBINETTE KOWAL
In this alternate 1950s USA, mathematician and WASP pilot Elma York feels a drive to become the first Lady Astronaut so strong that even the most dearly held conventions of society may not stand a chance against her.

cover art THE THINGS THEY CARRIED BY TIM O'BRIEN
The stories of the members of Alpha Company form this ground-breaking meditation on war, memory, imagination, and the redemptive power of storytelling.

cover art HIDDEN FIGURES BY MARGOT LEE SHETTERLY
The phenomenal true story of the black women mathematicians at NASA whose calculations helped fuel some of America's greatest achievements in space.

cover art ARTEMIS BY ANDY WEIR
It seems like the perfect crime. Small-time smuggler Jazz can't resist ... but things are never as simple as they seem. With clever problem-solving and heist-y fun, Artemis is an irresistible brew of science, suspense, and humor.
Adult Battle of the Books 2019 Rules of Play

The Battle will take place at 7pm on Friday, April 12, on the Mezzanine.

Competition will consist of 50 questions, asked in random order. All teams will have the opportunity to answer all questions. Each question will be read twice and displayed on a screen during deliberations.

Each team will have 45 seconds to discuss and write an answer. Teams may not use any outside assistance to answer questions; all books, notes, and electronic devices must be stowed away.

Each correct answer is worth 1 point. Incorrect answers have no value. There is no partial credit for partially correct answers. Judges will evaluate answers and award points based upon that evaluation. The judges’ evaluation is final. Failure to completely write an answer in the allotted time will result in forfeiture of the point. Written answers must be legible.

The highest score at the end of 50 questions determines the 1st and 2nd place teams. In the case of a tie for first or second place after 50 questions, the tied teams will compete in a written sudden-death face off. The tied teams will have the opportunity to correctly answer one-point tiebreak questions. The tiebreaker round will continue until one team achieves a one-point advantage.

In case of postponement for inclement weather or other outside causes, the rescheduled date for Battle will be April 26.

The Battle is on! April 12 at 7pm on the Mezzanine … Have fun!