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Time to hit the books

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By Kirsten Laskey

Being a bookworm is about to payoff; Mesa Public Library is hosting the Battle of the Books March 21.Young people in grades four through eight can register at 5:30 p.m. for the book battle that follows from 6-8 p.m. Participants will receive a T-shirt and dinner.The biggest prize, however, is the chance to compete in the state Battle of the Books, which will be held April 19 in Las Cruces, N.M.To advance to the state level, young people first test their literary skills locally. They will be divided into teams and asked questions that address 20 different books.Angie Manfredi, head of youth services, explained the questions are fairly simple and do not require elaborate answers.To prepare for the Battle of the Books, Manfredi said the library staff recommends young people read at least 10 of the books. There are two different lists, one for elementary grades and one for young adult readers.Manfredi, from her own experience, recommends young readers participate in the competition.She said she attended the Battle of the Books as a seventh-grader the very first year it was held in New Mexico.