2016 Global Reading Challenge Winners

Apr 26, 2016 10:09:32 AM


Kalamazoo, MI –

Congratulations to the winners of the 2016 Global Reading Challenge!

  • In First Place: Central Library Parkwood-Upjohn’s “S.T.A.R.” with 110 points. 
  • Tied for Second Place: Oshtemo Branch King Westwood’s “Bad Bookworm Brainiacs” and Eastwood Branch El Sol’s “Word Surfers” with 100 points.
  • Third Place: Powell Northglade’s “Champions Ignited” with 95 points.
  • Fourth Place: Washington Square Edison’s “Storm Readers” with 80 points.

Teams competed for a possible 120 points. Questions were pulled from the 2016 Global Reading Challenge Reading List and teams had 30 seconds to answer. The winning team received the “traveling” Global Reading Challenge trophy to have at their school for the year. All teams received a plaque for their school and a Global Reading Challenge t-shirt.

The Global Reading Challenge is a Battle of the Books program sponsored by the Kalamazoo Public Library. The Challenge promotes the reading of fiction and nonfiction that celebrate the world’s diverse community.

In the late 1930s two Chicago school librarians developed a program to test young readers’ knowledge of good literature. The program reached thousands of Chicago school children and was quickly turned into a weekly radio quiz program known as “The Battle of the Books.” Questions about characters, plots, and settings were answered by teams representing public elementary schools. Answers were usually the titles of well-known fiction books and biographies.

How it Works
Ten books are selected each year by Kalamazoo children's librarians, especially suited to the reading interests of their young readers. A wide range of reading levels is represented by selected books so all students can participate in the Challenge. Questions are based on specific factual and content information found within the 10 selected books.

In the month of March, school challenges are conducted in each school building by library staff. Branch challenges are then held at individual branches. Winning branch teams will compete in the District Challenge.

Thank you to the Friends of Kalamazoo Public Library and the Gary Sisters Foundation for their financial support of the Global Reading Challenge.

More information about the Global Reading Challenge may be found here.

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