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Battle of the Books


It’s almost time for the Battle of the Books.

What is it?

The Lincoln Public Library’s Battle of the Books is a reading competition for students in grades 9-12. Teens read five pre-selected books and meet with their peers to discuss them, and then compete in teams to answer the most trivia questions during our live Battle of the Books competition. Read more books, have fun, and see if your team can triumph in this year's competition!

And don't forget to vote on which books will be battled over!


Join the battle! Here’s how:

1 - Form Your Team: Team members must be in grades 9-12, with 3-5 people per team. Come up with a descriptive team name (you could choose a book theme or incorporate school spirit… the possibilities are endless). Feel free to wear decorated team t-shirts or matching outfits to the Battle!

2 - Select a Team Coach: Your team's coach should be an adult (18 or older) who can help you get organized. Teams can ask a parent/guardian to be their coach, or a teacher, and in some cases, the library can provide volunteer coaches. For more information about coaches and their role, check out our FAQ below.

3Sign up! Registration for the Battle of the Books starts on Friday, October 15. The sooner that you and your team register, the sooner you’ll get your books and can start preparing for Battle.

You can fill out this registration form and email it to us at to register your team.

4 - Prepare for Battle: Get your battle books, of which one set will be provided by the Lincoln Public Library and Friends of the Lincoln Public Library for free to each team (while supplies last), and decide how your team is going to split up the books. Is everyone going to read just one book, or several? Is everyone going to read all of the books? It’s up to you! Meet with your team members to discuss the characters, themes, and settings of the books.

5The Road to Battle: Keep an eye on our schedule as it gets updated for events leading up to the big event, including event meetings, book discussions, and visits from the authors whose books are in the competition.

6 - Let the Battle Begin! The Main Event will be on Thursday, February 3 at 6 PM. The teams will meet at the library for the game show-style competition in several rounds with breaks in between for scoring. The winning team will receive prizes and a trophy and all kinds of bragging rights.

Registration for Battle of the Books opens Friday, October 15, 2021 and ends on Friday, January 7, 2022. But the earlier you and your team sign up, the earlier you’ll get your books and be able to read and prepare for the Battle.


Battle of the Books FAQ:

What is “Battle of the Books”?
The Battle of the Books is an exciting book-based competition in which students compete in teams to answer questions relating to the content of selected books. The game format creates interest and excitement in literacy, utilizing teamwork and encouraging good sportsmanship. This is done in partnership with our Friends of the Lincoln Public Library and Twelve Bridges High School.

When are the events?
Events begin in October 2021, with registration and voting on the final selection of official Battle books. We have a series of events leading to the main Battle of the Books competition on Thursday, February 3, 2022 at 6 PM. See the schedule below. 

Who can participate in the Battle of the Books?
Students who live in the Lincoln area in between grades 9-12.

When can a student/team register?
Team registration takes place between Friday, October 15, 2021 and Friday, January 7, 2022. You can use this form to register letting us know your team name, team members, and your adult coach. After you have filled it out, just email it to us at

What does a Coach do?
Team coaches help prepare the students for the events in a number of different ways, from leading book discussions to helping create spirit wear and helping the team stay motivated. For more info, see our Adult Coach Information document.

How are the books selected?
Books are selected each year by the Battle Planning Team Members based on a number of factors including reading level, variety of genre, interest, and depth, as well as voting conducted by students and library patrons on our website, Facebook page, and in person at the library. We start with 20 nominated books and get down to the final five books that will be the officially selected Battle of the Books selections for each year. Check back soon for a link to vote!

When will our team get our book sets?
Once your team has officially been registered, they will receive their set of competition books. For the team who sign up at the very beginning, this will be early to mid-November. (While supplies last.)

What awards will be given, and when will the prizes be awarded?
Medals and gift cards will be awarded to the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd, place teams. The first place team will receive a trophy that will be displayed in the library for the year leading up to the next Battle. Each child will receive a participation gift and certificate.

Medals and trophies will be awarded at the conclusion of each event. Gift cards will be delivered to the winning teams the week after the Battle.

Where do I ask more questions?
If you have any compliments or concerns, please email them to


Event Schedule:

Monday, Oct. 4

Voting begins on the first set of five books nominated for the official Battle selections this year. Vote online, on our Facebook page, or in the library. This is happening alongside other Teentober events at the library.

 Monday, Oct. 11

Voting begins on the second set of five books nominated for the official Battle selections this year. Vote online, on our Facebook page, or in the library.

 Friday, Oct. 15

Registration opens for Battle of the Books teams. The earlier you register, the soon you’ll be able to prepare for the competition.

 Monday, Oct. 18

Voting begins on the third set of five books nominated for the official Battle selections this year. Vote online, on our Facebook page, or in the library.

 Monday, Oct. 25

Voting begins on the fourth set of five books nominated for the official Battle selections this year. Vote online, on our Facebook page, or in the library.

Monday, Nov. 15

6 PM

Official Battle Books selection reveal and Information Session: Learn how to participate in Battle of the Books and ask any questions you have in person. All teachers, students, and parents are welcome.

Monday, Dec. 13

Time to be announced

Battle Book Talk: Discuss any of the five Battle of the Books selection titles you’ve read so far, and interact with other readers.


Thursday, Feb. 3

6 PM

The Battle of the Books competition!

Keep checking back as some of these dates are subject to change, with more events possibly to be added depending on number of teams competing.