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WL Library big on Battle of the Books

SUBMITTED ART - The logo of Battle of the Books.

If you have a kid in West Linn, it’s likely you’ve heard about Oregon Battle of the Books.

The statewide literary trivia tournament occurs every year, and here at the West Linn Public Library we know that West Linn kids are serious about OBOB.

This year, we have a number of services to help you and your OBOB team along the way. We have a special OBOB collection and have many copies available here for you to read. These items cannot be placed on hold and cannot be renewed, so they cycle through much faster.

We also will be offering an OBOB book club this fall for the grades 3-5 division. From September through February, we will be meeting once a month to discuss three to four different books from the grades 3-5 list.

Along with the discussion, we will quiz each other on the books with questions that meet tournament specifications. We encourage you to come up with your own questions to bring to the meetings. OBOB questions are either content questions specific to a book (“In ‘Play to the Angel,’ what prized possession does Greta’s mother plan to sell?”) or participants are to guess the title and author of a book based on the information given (“In which book is a character saving money to buy a gorilla?”). Don’t worry, you don’t have to read them all for book club.

We’ll be there to help each other grow in knowledge of these books and prepare for the tournament. We will meet on the second Wednesday of the month at 4:30 p.m. The first meeting is on Sept. 14. Check out our website at westlinnlibrary.org for dates and book information. And don’t forget to stop by and check out our OBOB collection.

The following books will be covered at September’s meeting:

n “Joshua Dread” by Lee Bacon. Besides being bullied, Joshua faces one more obstacle in middle school, trying to hide his identity as the son of supervillains, the Dread Duo.

n “Because of Mr. Terupt” by Rob Buyea. Seven fifth-graders at Snow Hill School in Connecticut relate how their lives are changed for the better by "rookie teacher" Mr. Terupt.

n “Rescue on the Oregon Trail” by Kate Messner. Ranger, a golden retriever, could have been a great search-and-rescue-dog, except for the squirrels. One day, he unearths a mysterious box and finds himself transported back to the year 1850, where his faithful service is really needed by a family traveling west along the Oregon Trail.

Rebecca Mayer is the youth services librarian at West Linn Public Library.