Teams of fourth- and fifth-graders from Seattle Public Schools will compete for the top spot in the citywide final of the 24th annual Global Reading Challenge from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday, March 19 at the Central Library, 1000 Fourth Ave., Level 1, Microsoft Auditorium, 206-386-4636.

This event is free and open to the public. Registration is not required. Parking is available in the Central Library garage for $7 after 5 p.m.

Our mission with the Global Reading Challenge is to encourage reading as a fun and recreational activity that allows 4th and 5th grade students of all reading abilities to engage in the sport of reading.

This citywide program is a collaborative effort between The Seattle Public Library and the Seattle Public Schools. Students form teams of 7 and read 10 books, then take part in a trivia competition, answering questions about the books, to determine the winner for the city of Seattle.

The winning team from each school proceeds to the semifinals, which take place through March 15. The winner for each semifinal advances to the City Final Challenge.

The Global Reading Challenge is made possible by funding from The Seattle Public Library Foundation, Northwest Literacy Foundation, the Ballard and Fremont Rotary clubs and Toni Myers.

The Library supports children and youth by giving them opportunities to excel and learn through our educational resources, classes and staff assistance.