Ashley Wagner
Ohio.com staff

The Cuyahoga Falls and Stow Munroe-Falls Libraries are looking for students in grades seven and eight to participate in the Battle of the Books competition.


 “If your child enjoys reading and lives in the area, here is a way to continue learning during summer vacation,” said Jennifer Morton, Cuyahoga Falls Library Teen Specialist and Adult Services Librarian.
 
Team members will read four books this summer, meet to discuss, and participate in a final competition. The participant, along with a parent or guardian, must sign a contract of commitment to reading for the summer.
 
The team will be selected on a first come first serve basis. The books used in competition this year are:
 

“The Hunger Games” by Suzanne Collins.
“Notes From the Midnight Driver” by Jordan Sonnenblick.
“The Maze Runner” by James Dashner
“Star Girl” by Jerri Spinelli

 
Each team will consist of five members and one alternate. Students will meet on several occasions to prepare for the main event. The library is hoping to have a team selected by the end of this month, so students can begin reading the books as soon as possible. The library will provide copies of the books to be read for participants.
 
Teams representing Cuyahoga Falls Library, Stow-Munroe Falls Library, and Twinsburg Public Library will participate in the final competition, which is set for July 30.
 
The Battle returns this year after not being held last year. Stow is the reigning champion, with a win in 2010. Cuyahoga Falls is accepting the challenge for the first time since 2009.
 
Christina Getrost, Teen Services Librarian at the Stow-Munroe Falls Public Library offered an overview of the big day and the challenges the competitors will face. The battle is similar to what you see on Academic Challenge.
 
“We start off with excitement; we have a local emcee for the event, Tom Stephan who is known around town as the ‘Voice of Stow.’ The battle starts off with rounds and questions, the students use buzzers to respond to add even more excitement to the lightning round! The final round involves short answer questions where the students can really dig in as a team, discuss, and respond,” said Getrost via a phone interview.
 
“This is a great, fun, and competitive way for book lovers to show off their skills too.”
 
The students who participate will be rewarded with prizes and refreshments provided by the library and other supporters. If your student would like to participate, contact the Stow Munroe-Falls, Cuyahoga Falls or Twinsburg library as soon as possible; all teams are first come first serve.
 
The live Battle of the Books competition will be open to the public on July 30.
 
For more information on the competition or to participate, please contact Jennifer Morton in Cuyahoga Falls at (330) 928-2117 or jmorton@cuyahogafallslibrary.org or in Stow Munroe-Falls Christina Getrost at (330) 688-3295 or teenlibrarian@smfpl.org . Twinsburg Public Library can be reached at (330) 425-4268.