Welcome to the Mid-Hudson Battle of the Books!


Mid-Hudson Battle of the Books encourages a community of engaged middle- and high-school-aged readers in our four-county region by introducing them to great books, authors, and their fellow readers in an atmosphere of friendly competition and good sportsmanship.


Battle of the Books is a national Summer Reading Program for middle- and high-school students in the five-county region of the Mid-Hudson Library System.

The program began in 2005 as a way to encourage middle school students to read during the summer. In 2016, the program was extended to reach high school students as well.

The summer program culminates with two regional battles: one for teen/high school and one for middle school.

2017 High School Regional Battle

Saturday, Aug. 19, at 2 p.m.

Poughkeepsie Day School

260 Boardman Rd.

 Poughkeepsie, NY 12603

2017 Middle School Regional Battle

Saturday, Sept. 16, at 9 a.m.

Dutchess Community College

53 Pendell Rd., Poughkeepsie, NY 12601

More Information

If you are a parent or student interesting in participating in Battle of the Books, please visit our Public webpage for more information.

If you are a library director or staff member, please visit our Libraries page for more information.