The heat is on!

More than 200 pre-teen and teens representing 19 different Buffalo & Erie County Public Libraries will compete in the upcoming Battle of the Books competitionon Saturday, August 3 at Erie Community College South Campus.  The public is invited to show their support by coming out and rooting for their favorite library team during this fast-paced, nail-biting final round competition beginning at approximately 11:30 a.m. Battle of the Books is free and open to the public and the teams are made up of dedicated young readers entering sixth through the ninth grades in September.

Battle of the Booksnow in its 15th year, pairs participating library teams against one another. Each team member has read the five preselected books – Charlie Joe Jackson’s Guide to Not Reading by Tom Greenwald; Hero by Mike Lupica; Juniper Berry: A Tale of Terror & Temptation by M.P. Kozlowsky; Savvy by Ingrid Law, and The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman, which was selected as the Kids’ Choice winning title.


This summer’s 29 Battle teams represent the following Libraries:

  • Amherst Public Library
  • Boston Free Library
  • Cheektowaga Public Library
  • Clarence Public Library
  • Concord Public Library
  • Eden Public Library
  • Elma Public Library
  • Grand Island Memorial Library
  • Hamburg Public Library
  • Lackawanna Public Library
  • Lancaster Public Library
  • Marilla Free Library
  • Newstead Public Library
  • North Collins Public Library
  • Orchard Park Public Library
  • City of Tonawanda Public Library
  • Town of Tonawanda Public Library
  • West Seneca Public Library

The teams spend months practicing challenging trivia questions pertaining to each book. This year the event will also feature a basket auction fundraiser.

Last year, the Marilla Free Library took the Gold Medal after competing in a fast-paced lightning round before 500 fans.   Battle of the Books is part of the overall Summer Reading initiative run by the 37-site Buffalo & Erie County Public Library System where school age children are encouraged to read during the summer months in an effort to advance their academic performance.  The Buffalo News, WGRZ TV Channel 2 and Rich Products are sponsors of the Library’s 2013 Summer Reading programs.


For more information call 858-8900 or visit the Library System website at