Readers Rise to Challenge

Apr 29, 2009 03:47:11 PM


Kalamazoo, MI –

Five student teams will compete for the Global Reading Challenge championship in this annual reading program for upper elementary students on Thursday, April 30, 7 pm, at the Central Library, 315 S Rose St.

For sixteen years, Kalamazoo Public Library has sponsored the Global Reading Challenge for fourth and fifth grade students in public and private schools throughout the library district. This popular program promotes the joy of reading and the understanding of different cultures through a rich variety of fictional characters.

All elementary schools in the Kalamazoo Public Library district are eligible to participate. This year, 71 classroom teams participated from the following schools: El Sol, Heritage Christian Academy, Kazoo School, MLK-Westwood, Lincoln, Milwood, Parkwood-Upjohn, Spring Valley, Washington, Winchell, and Woods Lake.

Teams Read Ten Books

Children’s librarians select ten books for students to read. The books offer a wide range of reading levels so students with different reading abilities can participate. This year’s books are listed online. One set of ten books is provided to each team by the library.

Librarians write questions based on factual and content information in all ten books. During a Global Reading Challenge battle, librarians ask one question of all participating teams in a high-spirited quiz bowl. Teams are allowed to confer on the answers. Points are awarded for each correct answer.

Quiz Bowl Challenges Lead to Championship Battle

From March 1 through March 31, classroom teams of up to seven students competed to represent their school in challenges at KPL’s five buildings. From April 15 through 23, those school teams will battle to represent their neighborhood branch library in the final district challenge on April 30.

All of the five Global Reading Challenge branch challenges have now taken place. Competing on April 30 will be:

  • Kazoo School’s Literature Lions will represent Central Library
  • Spring Valley’s Power Readers will represent Eastwood Branch
  • King-Westwood’s Kings of Westwood will represent Oshtemo Branch
  • Lincoln’s Shortstop Readers will represent Alma Powell Branch
  • Woods Lake’s Storm Readers will represent Washington Square Branch

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