On Monday, more than 100 students from St. Mary's Catholic School and Lenihan Intermediate School will get together at the Marshalltown Public Library for the seventh annual " Battle of the Books Bash."
Twenty-two teams of four to five students each have been reading all school year from a list of 40 books, preparing to be quizzed for for this event. The local bash serves as a fun reward for students' dedication to this activity. Students earned the privilege of coming to the "BOB Bash" day by outscoring other teams on a test they take with their teammates at school.
In addition to competitive events, students have the opportunity to take part in enriching workshops held throughout the library building and offsite. These workshops, related to the titles on the Battle of the Books list, are mostly presented by volunteers donating their time.
Many additional volunteers assist with Battle of the Books, from team coaches throughout the school year, to volunteers who help with activities that day. The bash also relies on donations and contributions from local businesses and organizations, including the Friends of the Marshalltown Public Library, the Assistance League and the Bobcat Boosters.
After a round robin oral round of quizzing in the afternoon, an awards ceremony will recognize the top three teams, the team with the best sportsmanship, and each participant. Parents are welcome to attend the awards ceremony at approximately 1:50 p.m. in the library's large meeting room.
Thanks to "like new" donations to the library from the generous public throughout the year, as well as support from the Friends of the Marshalltown Public Library, each participating student will get to choose a free book to keep at the end of the day.