OK....you've been sitting around like a slug over the holiday break, haven't you? Well, here's your chance to get moving and have some fun. Stop by the Renton Downtown branch this Saturday, January 2nd for Game Days from 2:00 to 3:30 p.m. We'll have Dance Dance Revolution, High School Musical karaoke, Guitar Hero, and board games. Come on, it's time to get off the couch and work off some steam at the library. Oh, and maybe check out a book or audiobook too.
It's the day of the Reaping, an annual ritual in Panem, a futuristic world where hunger and starvation are the norm. Every youth between the ages of 12 and 18 from all 12 districts await the verdict. One boy and 1 girl will be selected from each district to participate in the Hunger Games, twenty-four in all. They will be trained for a week, with abundant food, exercise and clothing. And at the end of the week, they will be placed in the arena, where they will be observed by millions on live TV as they are forced to fight to the death.
16-year-old Katniss is used to hunting for food since she secretly poaches meat back home to feed her family, and to barter with at the market. So when her younger sister’s name is called to be a participant in the Reaping, Katniss steps forward to take her place. In another world, Katniss and the other participants might have been friends. Some might have even been more. But in the world of the Hunger Games, there can only be one winner, and that is the only person left alive.
It is the near-future where advances in biotechnology have made it possible to create synthetic body parts and even brains that behave just like human tissue. But it is still a controversial and very illegal practice. Jenna Fox has just woken up after a year in a coma, and the world she wakes up to is completely unfamiliar to her. Slowly a few memories begin to return, and not only her own memories, but she can recite Thoreau and the details of obscure events in history as though she pulled them out of a textbook, and she can even remember things that happened when she was only a year old. But she can't seem to remember the car accident or what happened to her friends Kara and Locke who were in the car. As her memories begin to return, Jenna begins to make some very disturbing discoveries about her existence, and even her own humanity. Is she real, or is she something else?
Hey Teens! How would you like to do something meaningful for others this holiday season? Between December 1st and December 31st, you can decorate the library's first Annual Mitten Tree with mittens, hats, scarves, socks, and other warm fuzzy things. Items donated will benefit mothers and children of the YWCA of Renton.
You might even try your hand at knitting some things yourself. The library has some great books on knitting.
Knitgrrl: Learn to Knit with 15 Fun and Funky Patterns by Shannon Okey
Knitgrrl 2: Learn to Knit with 16 All-New Patterns by Shannon Okey