For the past several years, the state library has generously awarded an LSTA grant to Oregon Battle of the Books to purchase books sets for schools/public libraries hosting OBOB teams. This year OBOB will not find out if we receive that grant until mid to late June. Since we will not be able to contact schools to apply for the book grant at that time, we are doing so now, before we know for sure we will receive the grant funding. We know this is putting the cart before the horse, but we trust that you understand our reasoning.
We invite you to apply for a (possible) book grant for a set (set= 16 titles for elementary, 16 titles for middle school, 12 titles for high school) of OBOB books for the division your school/public library supports by sending a team to the Regional competition. Some schools/public libraries support more than one division (division meaning elementary, middle school, or high school) and we invite you to apply for a book grant for each division your school/public library supports, although you will need to complete the grant form once for each division.
I will email all those who apply for the grant at the end of June to let you know if we received grant funding. I will email all who apply again in August to let you know if your school/public library will receive one or more book grants. Since the emails are sent in large batches it’s helpful if you add firstname.lastname@example.org to your email contacts so my emails don’t end up in your spam folder. If you apply and don’t hear from me please feel free to email me on June 30th or August 31st.
I am hopeful that OBOB will receive some grant funding for books, and I do understand how important the grant is for some schools. I appreciate your flexibility in this unusual circumstance, and will do my best to keep you informed.
Reminder: Applying for the book grant does not register you for OBOB for 2019-2020. You will need to register your school/public library to compete in OBOB starting September 1, 2019.