COLUMBIA CITY — Peabody Public library welcomed 168 players and nearly 200 spectators last month for the 2019 Annual Battle of the Books event

“We hope everyone had a great time at our fifth annual Battle of the Books event. A big thanks to everyone who participated and to those who came out to watch the competition,” Peabody Public Library Youth Services Librarian Mary Graber said.

Battle of the Books is an academic competition in which teams are questioned on their general knowledge of six books from different genres. The competition was open to area students — public, private and homeschool, and was open to students in grades 3-12.

Little Turtle Elementary School’s Book Bosses, comprised of Samantha Lickey, Audree Johnson, Braylynn Leazier, Gavin Jones, Cece Noonnan and R.J. Farris placed first.

Coming in second was the Busco Eagle Readers, of Churubusco Elementary School. On the team were Kalli Williams, Charlotte Elliot, Delaney Ott and Clair Wagner.

Another Churubusco Elementary School team, the Mast Maniacs, took third: Jillian Wright, Cohen Egolf, Addison Reed, Patty Wiggs Saige Merrill and Ali Hall.

Indian Springs won the middle school division with the Title Wave Turtles: Alina Houser, Airia Drummond, Lily Gladd and Ava Ward.

ISMS’s Traditionally Lit Readers team finished second. Team members were: Eleanor Schmitt, Annabell Hoag, Kylee Ousley, Allison Crump and Tangie Hively.

ISMS’s Lit Library Lizards came in third. Team members were: Sydney Bersel, Austin L. Shively, Andrew Brubaker and Melora Henney.

Peabody Public Library serves all individuals as a pathway to learning, culture and entertainment. The library has served individuals in Whitley County since 1901.

In 1917, Simon J. Peabody donated lands and funds to build Peabody Public Library on North Main Street in Columbia City, and it continued to serve the community well for many years. In 1999, the new Peabody Public Library was built in Columbia City. The 29,688-square-foot facility located off SR 205, sits on 14 acres, and is the only library in the State of Indiana that is located on a wetland.