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Join "The Hunger Games" Excitement at the Library

Not since the Harry Potter and Twilight series has there been so much stir about a book-to-movie phenomenon as we’re seeing now with "The Hunger Games." So count on the Library to jump on board as we near the movie’s March 23 release.

And why not? This young-adult fiction genre is so captivating that teens are devouring the books, and adults who normally wouldn’t consider reading young-adult fiction are joining them.

The books, and now the PG-13-rated film based on the first title in the series, are set in a future where the Capitol selects a boy and a girl from 12 districts to fight to the death on live TV. A lead character volunteers to take her younger sister’s place for the latest match.

The library branches are the stage through March 22 for programs about Hunger Games themes, and two upcoming ones are open to all ages.

At 2 p.m. Sunday, March 18, in the Library Center, staff from the Springfield Conservation nature Center will give a program on “Our Nesting Birds: Learn Bird-watching like Katniss and Gayle” – two book characters.

At 7 p.m. Thursday, March 22, at the Library Center, all ages grade 6 through adults are invited to a "Hunger Games" book discussion.

Through Tuesday, March 20, teens can participate in the "Hunger is Not a Game" food drive at any library branch. Teens ages 13-18, or age 12 and under with a parent’s signature, can donate non-perishable food for Ozarks Food Harvest, and enter a drawing for prizes including movie passes, Hunger Games posters and more.

Details are on thelibrary.org/hungergames. The website that library staff created for this promotion is a site to see. And while you’re there, don’t miss the "news from the Capitol" daily recordings – an essential part of "The Hunger Games," by one of our own Library employees. (He grew the beard just for this starring role.)
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Have you seen a copy of "The Maltese Falcon" lying around your favorite coffee shop or waiting room? To get everyone ready for the April Big Read, our annual one community, one book celebration, we’re leaving copies of the book around and inviting people to "Take this book, read it and pass it on." Please do, and then tune it to upcoming programs about hard-boiled detectives and film noir.


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