Library event based on ‘Hunger Games’ book

Published 9:48 pm Tuesday, July 10, 2012

The North Suffolk Library will host its first reaping tonight during a Summer Reading Program event inspired by bestselling novels and film “The Hunger Games.”

From 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., teens aged 12 to 19 will be assigned to one of 12 districts, just like in the bestselling books and film, library Children’s Services Coordinator Sarah Newton said.

They will have five minutes to create objects representing their districts to take with them into the games, she said.

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“Then they will go into the main training session,” including dexterity, knot tying and target practice — all essential skills for surviving the games.

The event will end with a “Jeopardy”-style quiz.

Staging a library event for teens around the popular Hunger Games is a great way to teach them about the library and what it has to offer, and get them interested in reading, Newton.

The first novel in the trilogy, following the story of Katniss Everdeen as she battles to survive a winner-takes-all reality television-inspired game show in the post-apocalyptic nation of Panem, was released to wide acclaim in 2008.

The film adaptation broke box office records in its opening weekend earlier this year, and a sequel is due out in 2013.

“’The Hunger Games’ has been burning pretty hot for a while now, so we’re excited to do a party for it,” Newton said.

The event marks the first reading program drawing for this year. Participants, allotted one entry for each three-line book review, can enter up to 20 times for the first and second prizes.

Four book-review prizes and one door prize will be drawn at today’s event, Newton said.

“We’re very excited,” she said. “I think most of the staff, if not all, have read the book and seen the movie.”

Another upcoming event at the library is the next installment in the “Teen Iron Chef” program, in which teens are divided into teams and challenged to emulate contestants in the cooking game show by creating a dish from a secret ingredient.

It’s happening at 2 p.m. on July 28.

Meanwhile, North Suffolk Library will host two Toddler Time sessions Thursday, from 9:30 to 9:50 a.m. and 10 to 10:20 a.m., with stories, songs and rhymes for children ages 3 and under, according to a press release.

Each session will have 26 spots — not open to groups and daycares — with tickets available before story time at 9:10 a.m.