[kids-lib] Oregon Battle of the Books: Now is the best time to contact schools to offer support

Katie Anderson katie.anderson at state.or.us
Wed Sep 4 13:16:51 PDT 2013

Registration is now open for school to participate in the 2013-2014 Oregon Battle of the Books (OBOB). While public libraries can’t register to participate, we can help local schools participate in OBOB. Now the best time to call your school and offer support because your support may just be the thing that makes it possible for your school to participate in OBOB. Remember, those of you receiving Ready to Read Grants may use them to purchase OBOB titles for your library!

Learn more about OBOB online at: http://oboblsta.pbworks.com/w/page/5653620/FrontPage.

Below is a great article from OLA Hotline<http://olahotline.wordpress.com/> about other ways to support OBOB:


Oregon Battle of the Books (OBOB) has an updated logo!  This new design will replace the former one of the knight, and will be used in all publicity, including the OBOB wiki<http://oboblsta.pbworks.com/w/page/5653620/FrontPage>.  Hav Havran, a professional graphic artist, was asked by De Ann Orand, an OBOB Executive Board member, to modernize the OBOB logo and he’s drawn a crisp, new design of two teams of children pulling open the pages of a book.

And speaking of OBOB, here are 12 ways, developed by Nancy Spaulding of the Cedar Mill Library, that public libraries can support their local OBOB teams:

12. Get OBOB: include multiple copies of OBOB titles in your library collections – don’t forget audiobooks.

11. Make OBOB easy to find: mark your OBOB books with a special sticker (nab the nifty NEW logo on the OBOB website).

10. Make OBOB even easier to find: shelve OBOB books together for easy access.

9. List OBOB: reproduce and distribute the OBOB title list (download the brochure from the OBOB website).

8. List OBOB-digital: include the titles on your library’s webpage or blog about them.

7. Link OBOB: link the OBOB titles from your webpage or blog to your library catalog.

6. Spread the word: let local schools and teachers know the OBOB books are available at your library. Find locally participating schools and OBOB contacts in the Registrations Received and Paid document on this wiki.

5. Give the books: include OBOB titles in prize book giveaways (like summer reading).

4. Have a challenge: challenge kids to write their own OBOB questions. Stick ‘em on a bulletin board, have a question round-robin OBOB event, post them on your website.

3. Host OBOB event #1: host OBOB book discussion groups at the library.

2. Host OBOB event #2: hold just-for-practice battles at the library over winter break

1. Volunteer: send library staff to the school and/or regional tournaments.

For more information about the OBOB, please refer to the OBOB website<http://oboblsta.pbworks.com/w/page/5653620/FrontPage>.

Katie Anderson, Library Development Services
* Youth Services Consultant * Oregon Center for the Book Coordinator *
Oregon State Library, 250 Winter St. NE, Salem, OR 97301
katie.anderson at state.or.us<mailto:katie.anderson at state.or.us>, 503-378-2528

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