Elementary Battle of the Books held at Public Library

Olivia Adams Zmolek, Nayeli Becerra Hernandez, Denice Vega, Lilianna Victor, Abbey Welden, Teacher Librarian Sue Cahill.

Battle of the Books Champions: Olivia Adams Zmolek, Nayeli Becerra Hernandez, Denice Vega, Lilianna Victor, Abbey Welden, Teacher Librarian Sue Cahill.

Woodbury Elementary came out on top of the annual Elementary Battle of the Books held Tuesday, April 23, at Marshalltown Public Library.

More than 100 students participated in the battle, with students squaring off in three rounds. In the end, only a few points separated the teams.

Students participate in improv comedy between Battle of the Books rounds.

Students participate in improv comedy between Battle of the Books rounds.

Tom LaVille and Brenda Morris conducted improvisational comedy between rounds. Improv teaches students to think quickly and creatively by creating new situations and responding to suggestions from the crowd and their teammates.

Teams were coached by the teacher librarians in each building: Beth Steffa, Anson; Alicia Patten, Fisher; John Fritz, Franklin; Jeni Sloan, Hoglan; Ellen Youds, Rogers; Sue Cahill, Woodbury.

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