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 completely by volunteers through the Oregon Association of School Libraries (OASL) and funded partially through the Library Services and Technology Act, LSTA.
The Oregon Battle of the Books considers the health and safety of our students, volunteers, educators, and families to be a priority. For this reason and in reference to Governor Brown’s guidance on the Coronavirus over the next four weeks, the OBOB Board has taken the unprecedented steps of canceling both the regional and state competitions.
Some of you may wonder about the possibility of rescheduling these competitions. Unfortunately, due to the constraints of scheduling facilities, vendors, authors, geographic logistics and sheer numbers of OBOB participants, this is not an option.
Some of you may also wonder about the possibility of holding competitions virtually on Skype or another online platform. Unfortunately, the OBOB board does not have the technological or volunteer capacity to support virtual battles as an officially sanctioned tournament option that stays within OBOB’s fair play rules and regulations, so this is also not a possibility.
The OBOB Board shares your disappointment. Students have worked hard to prepare, parents have spent time supporting their students, volunteers have donated countless hours, and teacher-librarians, public librarians, as well as many educators have given their time in preparing for OBOB. We are saddened that we are unable to host these OBOB events and share the hard work of students across our state as we celebrate our love of reading. We look forward to continuing the OBOB program in the 2020-2021 year with a healthy community of readers.