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Battle of the Books Champions

Yesterday, St. Michael Catholic School were the champions of Battle of the Books 2018!

St. Michael Catholic School: Abigail Hurst, Sophia Kemp, Abby Mulligan, Audrey Pechin, Tricia Schneider, Lauren Silcox, Kenzie Willett

Greenfield Central High School came in second and Doe Creek was right at their heels in 3rd.

Greenfield Central High School

Doe Creek Middle School Team 2

It was a tough battle and all 8 teams worked very hard.

    

For winning Battle of the Books, St. Michael got to take home the Battle of the Books travelling trophy and they will also have their names added to the Battle plaque in the Teen room. Each member got a $5 Starbucks gift card and a prize book.

You can learn more about Battle of the Books here. If you will be in 8th or 9th grade in Fall 2018 and are interested in competing in Battle of the Books 2019, keep an eye out at your school and on this blog for information on how to sign-up.

Celebrate with Teen Tech Week

This week is Teen Tech Week. It is a week that teens explore and look into STEM related materials and activities.

Get inspired with the crazy technology of Science Fiction novels. And in real Tech fashion, read the digital version or listen to the audiobook on Overdrive!

If you swing by the library, check out some of our tech-related materials in the YA Collection.

Teen Winter Reading Club Grand Prize Winners

February was Winter Reading at Hancock County Public Library. Like past years, we had 4 grand prizes that are given to drawing winners. This year we created even more chances to win by giving away weekly prizes to those who registered.

And this year’s Teen Winter Reading Club Grand Prize Winners were………

Alaina Ankney

Cordelia Wagar

Gavin Sims

Austin Chandler

Congratulations guys!

Weren’t very lucky during Winter Reading? Look out for 2018 Summer Reading which has even more chances to win!

2018 Battle of the Books

Every year, Hancock County Public Library’s Teen Services hosts Battle of the Books. Schools from around the county are invited to form a team of 8th and 9th graders to participate in a trivia-style competition that covers 10 books that are chosen by the Teen Services Librarian.

 
If your team wins Battle, bragging rights will not be the only prize you take home. The winning team gets to take the traveling Battle of the Books trophy to keep until next year. Also, each team member’s name will be etched on a plate that will be added to the Teen Room Battle of the Books plaque. In addition, each member of the winning team will also get to take home a gift card and a prize book.

 
This year’s competition will be held on Wednesday, April 18th, 2018. If you are currently in 8th or 9th grade and are interested in participating, either contact the Teen Services Librarian through the Teen Services contact form or talk to your school’s Battle of the Book coach.

 

2018 Battle Books

The Time Museum by Matthew Loux

The Time Museum by Matthew Loux

The Night Gardener by Jonathan Auxier

The Night Gardener by Jonathan Auxier

The Leaving by Tara Altebrando

The Leaving by Tara Altebrando

The Forgetting by Sharon Cameron

The Forgetting by Sharon Cameron

 

My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand

My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand

Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones

Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones

Ghost by Jason Reynolds

Ghost by Jason Reynolds

Every Falling Star by Sungju Lee

Every Falling Star by Sungju Lee

Drums, Girls, and Dangerous Pie by Jordan Sonnenblick

Drums, Girls, and Dangerous Pie by Jordan Sonnenblick

Chains by Laurie Halse Anderson

Chains by Laurie Halse Anderson

National Novel Writing Month

In case you didn’t know, today is the start of National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). It is during this time when people challenge themselves to write a 50,000 word novel.

Some of your favorite YA authors have participated in NaNoWriMo and have written the first draft of what would become some of your favorite books.

 

How do I participate in NanoWriMo?

If you are a writer, or just like a challenge, you should try to write your own NaNoWriMo novel. You can do it by yourself or you can become a part of the NaNoWriMo community. All you have to do is sign-up for free using an email address at nanowrimo.org.

 
Not only can you track your word counts and get support from other NaNoWriMo participants, but you can also find great resources to help you through this challenge.

 

The Library is rooting for you

We are excited to help you with this amazing feat. Every Wednesday of November from 4pm to 5pm we will be opening the computer lab for anyone who is participating in NaNoWriMo.

 
Also, don’t forget that the library is full of awesome resources  to help get you started or get you through the rough patches.

Good luck!