The brief summary below has been provided by Wikipedia:
"[The Hunger Games is] written in the voice of 16-year-old Katniss Everdeen, who lives in a post-apocalyptic world in the country of Panem, where the countries of North America once existed. The Capitol, a highly advanced metropolis, holds hegemony over the rest of the nation. The Hunger Games is an annual event in which one boy and one girl aged 12 to 18 from each of the 12 districts surrounding the Capitol are selected by lottery to compete in a televised battle until only one person is left." This type of story is commonly referred to as "dystopian fiction," meaning it is set in a world that is highly repressed or controlled.
There is no denying the excitement that the release of movie caused. Teens and adults who had already read the books suddenly wanted to read them again, while those who were curious to see what all the hype was about headed to bookstores and libraries to investigate.
It's only natural, then, to incorporate some Hunger Games programming in your library over the summer, when teens will be looking for something to do!
Below are some resources to help you plan some Hunger Game activities at your library:
- Teen Librarian's Toolbox's Feed Their Hunger for the Hunger Games fantastic list of library specific suggestions
- Programming ideas from the Mid-America Library Alliance
- Cornucopia Competition by Gail Huitt, Reading Consultant, Amity Middle School Bethany
- Popsicle Stick Bows and Arrows from almostunschoolers.blogspot.ca
- Hunger Games Name Generator by Vulture.com or Find Your Hunger Games Name from Foreveryoungadult.com
- Find your Hunger Games District from Foreveryoungadult.com
- Ideas for a Hunger Games Party from Margot Madison
- Hunger Game Party Activity Ideas from PartyGamesPlus.com
- Flash Cards from ProProfs.com
- Party ideas from Squidoo
- My Hunger Games: a website with a vast amount of resources
- Some examples of library specific Hunger Games activities
- Scholastic has two free online games (Trial by Fire and Tribute Trial) that could work as a station
- 25 Hunger Games Trivia questions and another 20 questions. There's lots out there, just Google "hunger games trivia"
- Assign teens to a district and give them them a district card
- Training stations: If you have access, have the kids use a Wii for training - there's Wii archery, fishing, etc. Get a book on knot tying if you don't have one, and set up a station with rope. Also, bring in some plants and have them try to identify them with some herb books. For the camouflage station, have teens use finger or face paints.
- Have a cake decorating station
- Use little parachutes from the dollar store and attach bagels or other items
- Have white roses for decoration, and also use an orange/black colour scheme
- Have a make up station to reflect the style of the Capitol
- Have the girls declare if they're Team Gale or Team Peeta