A local book-reading initiative for children reflects efforts of a national program.
The Worcester Free Library is presenting the Battle of the Books, a contest that promotes reading and comprehension, this weekend and next weekend for students attending schools in Worcester and Schenevus.
Donna Jo Cody, library director and organizer of the local contest, said she didn’t participate in the national program because she wanted to choose the books to be read by local students.
According to the America’s Battle of the Books website, the reading incentive program is for third- through 12th-graders.
Alonna D. Wentland, spokeswoman for the national membership organization, said participants include about 1,200 school districts, about 100 county libraries, 20 recreation departments, 650 private and home schools. In New York state, about 50 private and public school districts and city libraries are involved, she said.
America’s Battle of the Books grows about 15 percent annually, Wentland said, and is represented in all 50 states and all continents, except for Africa and Antarctica.
The organization is about 25 years old, and aims to create a national Battle of the Books competition, Wentland said. The hope is to have a statewide competition in New York next year, she said in an email.
Locally, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at Schenevus Central School, sixth- through eighth-graders will test their knowledge of 20 books chosen by Cody. From 10 a.m. to noon April 5, teams of third- through fifth-grade pupils will compete at Worcester Central School.
Cold, bitter, precipitous weather this winter has cranked up the heat on energy bills, and the American Coalition of Competitive Energy Suppliers recently released some information to explain reasons behind higher costs.
ACCES is a group of competitive retail natural gas and electricity suppliers committed to consumer education and media outreach. Each ACCES member also is committed to helping consumers better understand and take advantage of the benefits of energy supply options, a media release said. Excerpts from the release are below: