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 five-county region by introducing them to great books, authors, and their fellow readers in an atmosphere of friendly competition and good sportsmanship.

*Note* Due to the spread of Covid-19, our 2020 Battle will be canceled. Please check back for updated information as we move forward.


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.


2020 High School Regional Battle


2020 Middle School Regional Battle


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.