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2020 Battle of the Books Update

Greetings Friends-

Carroll County Public Library considers the health and safety of our customers and staff a top priority. Due to the recommendations from Governor Hogan to practice social distancing and cancel large events, we have made the difficult decision to cancel Battle of the Books events for 2020. Each of the 9 events draws an attendance of 350 -1,000 people. We know how much your students have been looking forward to this event, and we share your disappointment.

Due to the number of sites needed to accommodate 9 events for the more than 1300 students, among other factors, rescheduling is not an option. We recognize the current situation for Carroll County Schools is fluid, but when schools are back in session, we will be in touch to provide a modified Battle of the Books experience at individual schools.

Thanks for your understanding and patience-

CCPL Battle of the Books Committee

What is Battle of the Books?

Battle of the Books is an exciting book-based competition. Students compete in teams to answer questions relating to the content of a number of books. The game format creates interest and excitement in reading, while cultivating teamwork, and encouraging good sportsmanship.

Battle of the Books grew out of the Learning Advantage Partnership between Carroll County Public Library and Carroll County Public Schools. Initially including grades 4 and 5 with a number of middle schools competing as well, it has since grown to include local private school and homeschool groups. The mission of the Battle of the Books is to encourage reading while highlighting Maryland Black Eyed Susan Book Award. Through their preparations, students are exposed to quality literature representing a variety of styles and viewpoints. Additionally, the participants develop reading comprehension skills and increase their vocabulary.

All this is accomplished while having a great time!

A huge thank you to our 2020/21 sponsors!

Gold Sponsors

Believe in Reading

Kiwanis Club of Westminster

Silver Sponsors

Carroll Community College-Kids@Carroll and Teen College

Kairos Wealth Advisors

Penguin Random House

Quantum Internet and Telephone

Tristar Martial Arts

Bronze Sponsors


Aquino Financial Group, LLC

Bonds Meadow Rotary Club

Carroll County Chamber of Commerce

Carroll Hospital Center

Carroll Lutheran Village

Citizens for Maryland Libraries

Global Friendships

Lehigh Cement

M&T Bank

Maggie’s Restaurant

Maryland 529

Mathnasium of Sykesville

McDaniel College

Point Breeze Credit Union

Roaring Run Lions Club

South Carroll Business Association

Sykesville-South Carroll Rotary Club

Additional Sponsors

Auntie Anne's

Baugher's Orchard

Campanella and Associates

The Lineboro-Manchester Lions Club

Oscar's Alehouse