Knowledge is Power in Clinton-Macomb Library Book Battle Events – Macomb Daily



Literature enthusiasts are invited to fight in a knowledge is power competition in November, when the Clinton-Macomb Public Library hosts an adult book battle and prepares for a children’s version of the trivia game.

The third annual Adult Book Battle Quiz takes place on November 13 at 2 p.m. via Zoom. Battle of the Books is a team-based trivia game, in which readers across Macomb County will compete for first, second and third prizes. A prize is also available for the best team name. Anyone with a Suburban Library Cooperative library card can participate.

“Participation is open countywide and several other libraries have joined in promoting and organizing the battle,” said Meghan Mott, adult outreach manager at the Clinton-Macomb Public Library (CMPL) . “If someone’s home library doesn’t take registrations, those who wish to participate should call 586-226-5050 to register. There is no cost per se, since it is online, it will require a computer and an internet connection.

Registration by November 11 is required to participate and available and can be done on by following the Events and Battle tabs in the books to a registration link. Teams can have up to six members, but only one team member must register.

“The whole battle will be over Zoom, participants will respond via chat,” Mott said. “We therefore recommend a different communication channel for teammates who are not in the same physical location, such as text, Facebook Messenger or What’s App.”

There is no age requirement to participate, but the list of selected books is made up of titles intended for adults. Mott said some may have mature themes or language. According to Mott, teens have competed in the past, usually as part of a family team.

“We’ve certainly engaged teens before, but the books are aimed at adults,” Mott said.

Teams read six books from a list of selected books to answer approximately eight quiz per book.

“The books were selected by librarians from the organizing libraries and announced on a Facebook Live on the CMPL page in April,” Mott said.

The current list includes the titles:

• “Beyond” by Julia Alvarez
• “The Vanishing Half” by Brit Bennett
• “The Evil Sister” by Karen Dionne
• “The Stranger in the Woods” by Michael Finkel
• “The invisible life of Addie LaRue” by VE Schwab
• “Nothing to see here” by Kevin Wilson

“Librarians from CMPL, Center Line Public Library, Roseville Public Library and Harrison Township Public Library spoke about each of the books and why everyone should read them,” Mott said. .

Copies of the books are available online in OverDrive / Libby, or can be picked up at any of the three CMPL branches. The main library of the Clinton-Macomb Public Library is located on Romeo Plank Road, south of Canal Road, in Clinton Township. The South Branch is located on South Gratiot Avenue, north of 15 Mile Road, in Clinton Township. The North Branch is located at 54100 Broughton Road in Macomb Township.

Teams can assign a member to a specific book, or each member can read each book. Teams should also select a team name and have the option to dress in costume as well. During the trivia battle there will be around 40 questions in total, with each correct answer worth one point.

“The adult version names the book the question came from, but asks open-ended questions, so the answer could be a name, place, event, anything from the books,” Mott said.

More information on the Adult Book Battle can be found at .

Kids can also test their book intelligence at the Fifth Grade Book Battle on March 6, 2022 at 2 p.m. ET. This quiz event should be held at the main CMPL library, with only teams and coaches allowed in the room.

Fifth-graders across Macomb County can form their own teams of two to five students and an adult coach, then read a selection of books from several genres. Teams choose a team name and dress code. Coaches help students prepare for competition and register their team, including a coach email to serve as a point of contact. Registration is available at Those with questions can contact 586-226-5030. Teams that register before December 1 may receive a pre-requisite question that will be part of the actual event.

“Registration is open now and will close the day before the battle. There is no cost, ”said Brittany Wesner, CMPL’s children’s outreach manager.

Teams can read the 12 titles however they choose, with all team members reading each book or each student being assigned specific books. Copies of the books will be available at the main CMPL branch for those who register after November 8, and copies can also be found at the CMPL’s north and south branches. Electronic copies are available through the Overdrive and Hoopla applications.

On the day of the event, team members will sit together on the floor and answer a total of 50 questions via pencil and paper. There will be a minimum of two questions on each book.

“In The Children’s Battle, each question begins with the phrase ‘In which book’ and the answer is the title / author of the book,” Wesner said.

Coaches are not allowed to sit with their team during the match. Students will have limited time to discuss and answer questions from memory, without aids such as grades. A Chief Judge will be the final authority on correct or incorrect answers. Prizes are awarded for first, second and third place. Prizes are also offered for the best team name and best attire.


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