Battle of the Books

Foundation for Baltimore County Public Library is proud to sponsor Battle of the Books competitions, hosted by various branches throughout the library system. Battle of the Books is a program in which students in grades 4 to 6 from participating local elementary schools read Black-Eyed Susan-nominated books and come together in teams chosen by the schools to demonstrate their abilities and to test their reading comprehension in a quiz show format. The Black-Eyed Susan Book Award is a children’s choice award given to authors and/or illustrators of outstanding books. The award has been given by Maryland students every year since 1992.

In 2020, the Foundation supported the purchase of one set of books for each participating school to provide equal access to the materials in order to level the playing field for the competitions. The demand of these specific books in our collection had been high, with students waiting long periods of time to borrow a copy. With each school having a set of books, the students can collaborate and improve chances of success. Equal access, collaboration and inclusion within our communities are all values of the Foundation and Baltimore County Public Library.

Thank you to our 2020 sponsor!

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