Battle of the Books 2020

The Rabid Readers, 2019 book battle silver winners

Potsdam's Rabid Readers took home silver at the North Country Regional Battle of the Books in Gouverneur on May 4, 2019!

The Potsdam Battle of the Books is cancelled due to the library closure during the COVID-19 outbreak.


The North Country Battle of the Books is a competition similar to whiz quiz games in which teams compete to answer questions based on a set book list. The Battle is open to students in 4-6th grade.

Potsdam Public Library hosts a local Battle for teams in the Potsdam Central School district. Students form teams of up to 4 members and may be of any combination of 4th-6th graders. With the help of an adult coach, the teams collectively read a chosen list of 16 books, which is released in September. During the competition the teams are asked questions about the books on the list, and respond the book’s title and author as their answer. The winning team from PPL goes on to a regional competition to face winning teams from other North Country Library System libraries in St. Lawrence, Lewis, and Jefferson counties.

Local Battle: Register through the form above.

If you're using the paper registration form instead, return it to the library at 2 Park Street or email it to Registration deadline: March 13, 2020.

Location: Church of the Nazarene, 11 State Highway 72, Potsdam
Date: April 4, 2020

Regional Battle: The winning team will go on to compete in the regional battle.
Location: St James School, Gouverneur
Date: May 2, 2020

For more information about the North Country Battle of the Books, please visit