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Dodge Memorial sharpening its teeth for TABOB program

ROUSES POINT - Heading towards summer, students often set aside their books for other activities. Dodge Memorial Library, along with other libraries in the Clinton-Essex-Franklin Library System, are looking to keep that from happening.

On July 17, students in fifth, sixth, and seventh grade will compete in a Jeopardy-style competition - with questions focused on young adult literature.

Take A Bite Out of Books is a CEFLS program that will have the students reading "The Lightning Thief," by Rick Riordan; "The Underneath," by Kathi Appelt; "Three Cups of Tea," by Gren Mortensen; "Project Mulberry," by Linda Sue Park; "Code Orange," by Caroline B. Cooney; and "The City of Ember," by Jeanne Du Parau.

"We're going to meet once a week and basically have a .... book club and talk about the books," said Donna Boumil, director of Dodge Memorial Library. "I'm preparing questions for each book that I'm going to quiz them on."

Boumil explained she can take two teams of five students, with one student from each team being an alternate. She hopes this will be a way for students to hang out with their friends during the summer.

"If they love to read and just want to be with their friends over the summer ... it's a great way to have an outing in the evening, one night a week," she said.

The library is the only one in the Northeastern Clinton Central School District competing in TABOB, so Boumil said she has opened up the competition to the other schools.

"I was able to offer it to the three elementary schools, which is Rouses Point, Mooers and St. Mary's, as well as the middle school," she said. "So, it'll be nice to see if I can get some kids from the different schools."

Although there are only 10 potential spots open for the competition, Boumil said she will allow as many students to sign up.

"They still can come and they can still read the books and they can be a part of it," she explained. "They just won't be there for the competition."

"We'll ask some of the kids if they want to help quiz their friends and help me be a co-coach type of thing," Boumil added.

The deadline to sign up for TABOB through the library is this Friday, April 23. For more information or to register, call 297-6242.

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