Reading for Glory: The 2nd Annual Tournament of Books Is Huge Success!

Harris County Public Library held the 2nd Annual Tournament of Books on Saturday in which teams of local high school students tested their knowledge of a set of fourteen books compiled by HCPL literacy staff. Saturday's teams were the winners of preliminary competitions to determine the team that would represent each of the eight participating schools.

The tournament consists of two parts. The first is a short answer Jeopardy-style round that tests competitors' factual knowledge of the books they read. The top three finishers advance to the championship round which consists of long form answers in which participants' interpretive, critical thinking and communication skills are showcased. 

The competition was fierce, but in the end the team from Tomball--the Fantastic Four--edged out the teams from Galena Park and Jacinto City who finished second and third respectively. Congratulations to you all!

HCPL wants to thank the Houston Food Bank for the use of their beautiful facilities and the schools, teachers and school librarians who helped make this year's tournament a success. We also want to give a shout out to former HCPL Youth Literacy Specialist Holly Takashima whose brainchild the tournament was and who laid the foundation from which we hope to build in years to come.

We, of course, want to offer special thanks to all of the students who took part. The enthusiasm and dedication you showed in taking on this challenge on top your regular school work and other obligations is deserving of great praise, but it is the passion for the books and the ways that they touched your lives that we found so moving and inspiring. Thank you.