Welcome to the Official Oregon Battle of the Books Website!
The Oregon Battle of the Books (OBOB) is a statewide voluntary reading motivation and comprehension program sponsored by the Oregon Association of School Libraries in conjunction with a Library Services and Technology Act grant. Students in 3rd-12th grade, regardless of ability, are exposed to quality literature representing a variety of literary styles and viewpoints.
OBOB’s mission is to encourage and recognize students who enjoy reading, to broaden reading interests, to increase reading comprehension, promote academic excellence, and to promote cooperative learning and teamwork among students.
OBOB is run primarily by volunteers through the Oregon Association of School Libraries (OASL) and funded partially through the Library Services and Technology Act, LSTA. OASL, and OBOB operating under its umbrella, are committed to equity, diversity, inclusion, anti-racism, and anti-oppression in our organization, policies, and practices.
OBOB Program Modifications for 2021-22
The Oregon Battle of the Books Executive Board has made the painful decision to cancel the in-person OBOB State Tournament for the 2021-22 season. The State Tournament is usually held in the spring, but it requires months of planning and preparation. In a “normal” year we would already have our venue reserved and the OBOB State Tournament Co-Managers would be working on the tournament now. Our usual venue and most venues of a size that can host the event are unable to take bookings due to COVID-19.
Beyond logistics of the physical space, there is also the health and safety of students and families to consider, as well as the practical consideration of liability to schools, OBOB, and venues.
This was not a decision made lightly by the board, nor was it a decision that we wanted to make. Like you, we long for the thrill of the State tournament and to see the culmination of efforts of all the state’s OBOB readers. However, it is our responsibility to comply with the guidance of the Oregon Health Authority and Oregon Department of Education and to put the safety of our students, volunteers, educators, communities, and families above all else.
Below are some important points regarding the virtual OBOB Regional Tournaments that can help you plan your OBOB season:
- Your school champions need to be named no later than March 11, 2022. This gives you a longer time frame to accommodate virtual battles for those who need to use them.
- With no deadline for the OBOB State Tournament, and in order to accommodate virtual OBOB Regional Tournaments, the time frame for your virtual Regional Tournaments in mini-regions is April 4-29, 2022.
- The OBOB Handbook is being updated to reflect changes for virtual Regionals. It will be posted on the website and announced on the OBOB Facebook page and in an OBOB newsletter as soon as it is available.
- Regional winners will be celebrated! The OBOB Executive Board has plans to recognize the Regional OBOB winners who will be unable to continue on to the State level this year.
We understand that some may be very disappointed by this news.
Please know the all-volunteer OBOB Executive Board did not take this decision lightly and we share your disappointment. If you feel the need to reach out with feedback, please keep in mind the person on the other end of the computer screen and be kind.
As always, the health and safety of our students, volunteers, educators, communities, and families continues to be a top priority for OBOB. We hope you and your students are enjoying reading the great books on this year’s list and preparing for local and regional battles.
General updates will be provided through this website, the OBOB newsletter, and the OBOB Facebook Group.