Adult Battle of the Books
Sat., Feb 2
Oak Park Public Library
14200 Oak Park Blvd.
(248) 546-2504 ex. 696 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
More info: https://www.facebook.com/events/363151314452420/
Four Local Libraries Host Battle of the Books for Adults with Vintage Kids Books, Feb 2
Four local libraries have united in organizing an Adult Battle of the Books, culminating with a trivia tournament on Saturday, February 2, at the Oak Park Public Library. The Berkley Library, Ferndale Area District Library, and Huntington Woods Public Library are encouraging their respective patrons to form teams with friends and read some vintage children’s literature, and reacquaint themselves with classic characters like Matilda, Ramonda, Bunnicula and more!
Sarah Jones, the Director of the Oak Park Public Library, said that “you’re not absorbed in books the same way that you were as a kid. I’ve done an Adult Battle of the Books before, but it was four full-length narrative books and that’s hard to finish them all or fit them into your schedule. But how much fun would it be to read vintage children’s books that we remember from growing up in the 90’s? It’s quicker, it’s nostalgic, it’s fun… And even as a grown woman, I can still relate to Ramona. And you can’t help but smile and be in a good mood when you think about Charlotte’s Web!”
The Adult Battle of the Books Tournament will be limited to 20 teams, with up to six people per team. Anyone who wants to participate but doesn’t have a team to join can be signed up as a single player and be added to a team on the day of the event. Those interested in registering should call 248-546-2504, ex. 696 or email the assistant director of the Ferndale Library: email@example.com. The books include: Bunnicula by Deborah & James Howe, Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White, From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E.L. Konigsburg, Matilda by Roald Dahl, Ramona and her Father by Beverly Cleary, and Tales of a 4th Grade Nothing by Judy Blume.
“All reaaing is good reading,” Jones said, “whether it’s kids reading comic books or adults reading kids books; the act of reading is always good for you. But we also want this to be a cool, fun winter-activity. We’re not going to read War & Peace or anything like that. The point is for it to be fun. There’s a lot of new stuff going on at all of our libraries, but our core services are still really important. Books are still really important, so it’s good to find new ways to bring attention to those old core services. A book club is great, but sometimes you need to shake it up! And I’m really glad to have my counterparts for this at Ferndale, Berkley and Huntington Woods!”
The Oak Park Library is usually closed on Saturdays, but participants will be able to access the library for the scheduled event: February 2nd, 1pm-2pm.