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2019 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 read 10 books chosen by the Teen Services Librarian and participate in a trivia-style competition that covers these books.

Each winning team not only gets bragging rights, but also a traveling trophy to keep until next year, a plate with the team members’ names to be added to the plaque in the Teen Room, gift cards, and prize books.

This year’s competition will be held on Wednesday, April 17th. If you are currently in 8th or 9th grade and are interested in participating, either contact me through the Teen Services contact form ( or talk to your school’s Battle of the Book coach, which are listed below.

School – Coach

Greenfield Central High School – Kelly Swain-Leswing

Greenfield Central Junior High School – Lisa Potter

Mt. Vernon High School – Alyson Zelencik

Mt. Vernon Middle School – Dana Hochstedler

New Palestine Junior High School – Fred Fox and Melanie Nobbe

St. Michael Catholic School – Amber Klinck


2019 Battle of the Books Titles


Attention Teen Writers: Peculiar Writing Contest

Attention all writers! Ransom Riggs, author of Miss Peregrine???s Home for Peculiar Children, has opened a writing contest where the winner will receive a writing workshop led by the author himself for their library or classroom. If you are interested, learn more at


Also, don’t miss out on the latest installment of the Miss Peregrines’s Home for Peculiar Children series, A Map of Days.


Banned Books Week 2018

This week you will notice the library putting out ???banned books.??? This is for Banned Books Week, which is celebrated annually to bring awareness to censorship that not only happened historically but is still happening today.

Banned Books Week is to celebrate our right to decide what we want to read. While it is becoming less common for books to be banned from schools and libraries, books are still challenged every year. When books are banned from institutions, it limits many people???s freedom to choose for themselves. Below is a list of the top 10 books that were challenged, and possibly banned, last year according to the American Library Association:

Thirteen Reasons Why written by Jay Asher

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian written by Sherman Alexie

Drama written and illustrated by Raina Telgemeier

The Kite Runner written by Khaled Hosseini

George written by Alex Gino

Sex is a Funny Word written by Cory Silverberg and illustrated by Fiona Smyth

To Kill a Mockingbird written by Harper Lee

The Hate U Give written by Angie Thomas

And Tango Makes Three written by Peter Parnell and Justin Richardson and illustrated by Henry Cole

I Am Jazz written by Jessica Herthel and Jazz Jennings and illustrated by Shelagh McNicholas

For the reasons behind the challenging of these books and to get top ten challenged books of previous years, check out the American Library Association???s webpage on Banned Books.

Support your right to read by checking out some of these ???banned??? books!

Teen Summer Reading Club Winners

Summer Reading Club 2018 has ended. That means that books are all logged and grand prize winners have been drawn.

Congratulations to our Grand Prize Winners!

Hudson Maguire
Taylor Kline
Benjamin Mast
Emma Snyder
Emma Jensen
Autumn Wood
Brodie Stout
Audra Bloomer
Joseph Von Essen
Carter Jensen

More Prizes throughout the Summer

While you were all reading for chances to win your favorite grand prize, you had other opportunities to win throughout the summer. Between June 1st and August 1st, the Teen Summer Reading club gave away over 40 prizes. Here are some of those winners.

Top Five Readers

Together, you all logged 4,227 books, which is 92 more books than last year. However, these five readers were the ones who logged the most.

Savanna Whisman – 172 books logged
Melanie Williams – 115 books logged
Caleb Curry – 103 books logged
Keagan Rennier – 98 books logged
Annalese Schrank – 78 books logged

Just because summer is over doesn???t mean the library fun stops! Check out our events page for fun programs throughout the year and be on the lookout for Teen Winter Reading Club coming in February 2019, where there will be more prizes to win!

2017 ??? 2018 Eliot Rosewater Book Award Winner

In May, The Eliot Rosiewater Book Award (a.k.a. Rosie Award)??winner is announced. This year???s winner is Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon.

The honor books for this year were Simon vs. the Homosapien Agenda by Becky Albertalli and Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard.

What is the Eliot Rosewater Book Award?

The Eliot Rosewater Award (a.k.a. the Rosie Award) is given to a book that is chosen by Indiana High School Students. Indiana students grades 9 through 12 read the nominated book and then rate them. The ratings are tabulated in May and the winner is announced.

If you would like to rate books for next year???s Rosie Award, the list of 2018-2019 nominated Rosie books are below.

2018-2019 Rosie Book list:

All We Have Left

The Assassin Game

The Boy in the Black Suit

Burn Baby Burn

Dear Nobody: The True Diary of Mary Rose

Death Coming Up the Hill

Denton Little’s Deathdate


Girl in the Blue Coat

Highly Illogical Behavior

I Will Always Write Back

A List of Cages

A Madness So Discreet

One Paris Summer


Saving Red

The Serpent King


The Sun is also a Star

Superman: American Alien


Taking Flight

Three Dark Crowns

The Way I Used to Be

We’ll Never Be Apart