History of Oregon Battle of the Books

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In 2006, the OBOB Committee met for the first time to create a handbook, title selection procedures, and to agree on the operations of a battle.  By April 2007, the OBOB book lists were released for 2007-2008 3rd-5th and 6th-8th grade level divisions.

Grants were also open at that time for any school wishing to participate in OBOB with the help of an LSTA (Library Services and Technologies Act) Grant.

During the ’07-’08 year, 168 schools across the state were registered for the Oregon Battle of the Books program.  Of this number, 135 schools participated in regional competitions.  A total of fifty schools were provided with free OBOB books paid for by the LSTA grant.

During the ’08-’09 year, the OBOB committee met and communicated with former participants, grant recipients, and future participants about registration for schools, titles of books selected and resources for implementing the OBOB program at individual schools.  The 100 grant  recipients were selected, books identified, ordered, and distributed to recipient schools.  A total of 235 schools  participated in OBOB in the ’08-’09 year.

In 2009, OBOB added a new grade level division—9th-12th grade—and distributed book grants to 100 participating schools.  A new record of participating schools was also reached this year: 334 schools.   During this year the OBOB handbook, rules and procedures were adjusted.