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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

2017 Teen Summer Reading Club Prize Winners

Congratulations of our Teen Summer Reading Prize Winners!

Reagan Breese
Andie Anderson
Zeke Skene
Shelby Cass
Karmen Kalal
Mariah McIntire
Julie Nicklin
Delanie Gustin
Damien Sharp
 Noelle Carver



I also wanted to congratulate all the teens who participated this year in the Summer Reading Club. Together you all read 4,135 books!

Summer Reading Club Prizes

Summer Reading is half-way over! That means that you only have another month to read as many books as you can. If your motivation to read is waning, look below to see the awesome prizes you could win if you keep logging those books and entering prize tickets.












Teen Summer Reading Club 2017

Guys, it is that wonderful time again. School is ending, the sun is coming out, and Teen Summer Reading Club is starting!

This year you don’t even have to wait to register for our Summer Reading Club. You can register right now!

The Club

  • For those going into 6th grade to 19 years old
  • Officially starts May 31st and ends August 1st
  • Earn 1 ticket for every book you log. Each ticket can be put in a prize box of your choice.
  • After logging 5 books, you get a free book to keep.
  • Print books, graphic novels, magazines, ebooks, audiobooks, and 10 children’s books can all be logged.
  • Drawings for prizes will take place on August 2nd. Prizes must be picked up by August 10th


The Prizes


The Programs

This year’s theme is “Build a Better World” so there will be many programs that revolve around that theme.

Some of the programs we have lined up for you are:

You can register right now by clicking on the links!


The Volunteer Opportunities

Building a Better World can also mean helping others, which is why we are having some programs where you can earn service hours.

Teens Read the Way: You can help children (age 3 to grade 5) keep their reading skills over the summer by reading with them and doing activities each week. At the end of the 6 weeks, those who volunteered will not only receive signed volunteer service hour letters but also a reward party with pizza and a movie.

Make Hospital Pillow Cases for Kids: Make fun pillow cases for kids in Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital at St. Vincent. Not only will it be fun and bring some joy to a kid, but it will also earn you service time and you get to learn some basic sewing.



So come join us over the summer for fun programs, reading, and prizes!

Summer Reading Ending Soon!

Do you still have books you need to log? Do you still have slips that you need to pick up and put in the prize boxes?  Have you read at least 5 books and still need to pick out your free prize book?  Do you still need to sign up for summer reading?

You still have time to do all of those things! All books need to be logged, prize drawing entry slips filled out, and prize books picked up by August 1st.  The drawing for our awesome teen prizes is on August 2nd.  If you haven’t signed up yet, you can still do that by clicking here.  Summer reading began June 1st, so you can log any books that you have read since that date.

May the odds be ever in your favor.

P.S. Check out the prize drawing options below.

Summer Reading PRIZES:

 Advanced Limousines Limo Ride


Japan Loot Crate + No Face Character Backpack

noface japan


$50 Hometown Comics Gift Card


Star Wars BB-8 droid by Sphero

 Kindle Paperwhite (latest gen)
 Summer Reader – (pick 4 books from YA book stash) + $25 Starbucks Gift Card
books starbucks

 18×24 Drawing Pad, 23×26 Sketch Board, Prismacolor Pencils & Markers


Senior Photo Shoot Package – Shawna Marie Photography

$100 Walmart Card

4 Skyzone Passes