The Countdown is On: Feed their hunger for The Hunger Games, more resources
The countdown is on, the Hunger Games movie will be out on March 23rd and I know that many teens and their favorite librarians are waiting anxiously for the day to arrive. One of the most visited posts at this site is a previous program outline I shared with some hands on activities to do with teens around the Hunger Games series. Today I am sharing with you some more resources that I have found.
You’ll want to keep your eye on the Entertainment Weekly site as they have a feature called Hunger Games central. Here they post frequent updates, movies, articles and more that are easy to click and share with your teens via your social media site. Many magazines are hitting the stands right now with special HG editions of their magazines full of posters, trivia and more – these are great resources to get information together, decorate your teen area, and get some good trivia questions for your book discussion groups or programs.
There is a fansite called Down with the Capitol full of information, including fan submitted crafts projects. They are uploaded and indexed by “districts”. For example, district 1 is jewelry, district 2 is needlework, and district 3 is interior design.
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Almost Unschoolers has some very detailed instructions for making bow and arrow sets out of Popsicle sticks and q-tips.
You can find a wealth of ideas at the Texas Teen Reads 2012 Pinterest board, be sure to check it out.
At Minds in Bloom there is a fun Hunger Games inspired “Would You Rather?” game written out for you (free). If you follow the link there is also a Panem to Panem game inspired by Apples to Apples that you can purchase for a small fee.
The Hunger Games Lessons site is an amazing site full of – well, Hunger Games lessons.
The Amity Middle School did a Hunger Games activity that involved the Cornucopia and outlined it on their blog. If you follow the link they also have trivia questions with the answers already written out of your.
I have searched extensively and haven’t found a lot of Hunger Games crafts out there that would be easy to do in a library program. However, if you buy multiple copies of the HG magazines out there you can use them to create marble magnets, bottle cap crafts, dog tag necklaces, pins, and more.
You could also have teens bring t-shirts and provide a wide variety of materials for them to make HG t-shirts and have a fashion show. Also, you can buy canvas book bags and have them decorate them with HG themes. Making a HG bleach pen t-shirt would be a great craft activity to do with the teens.
And of course you can provide materials for teens to make their own Mockingjay pin. This would be a great way to use the bottle caps. Simply create your Mockingjay, glue it into the bottlecap, and fill with epoxy. Use a strong glue to affix a pin on the back and voila – you have a Mockingjay pin.
If you have other great ideas that you have found or are doing with your teens this month for a Hunger Games release party, please share them in the comments.
About Karen Jensen, MLS
Karen Jensen has been a Teen Services Librarian for almost 30 years. She created TLT in 2011 and is the co-editor of The Whole Library Handbook: Teen Services with Heather Booth (ALA Editions, 2014).
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