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Percy Jackson party for teens at the library [UPDATED]

Published 9:40am Wednesday, July 10, 2013 Updated 11:43am Wednesday, July 10, 2013

How well do you remember your Greek mythology? What’s a satyr? Who was polyphemus? What was Poseidon the god of? Ask any child or teen who has read the best-selling series “Percy Jackson & the Olympians” by Rick Riordan, and they would be sure to tell you.

Did you know the answers to the opening questions? A satyr is half-man/half-goat and polyphemus is the gigantic blind cyclops son of Poseidon (who is the god of the sea and earthquakes). Young readers today are learning plenty about Greek mythology, thanks to the popularity of Riordan’s series.

The book that started it all was “The Lightning Thief” (2005), in which twelve-year-old Percy Jackson discovers that he is the son of Poseidon and a human, therefore making him a demigod. After learning his true identity, Percy’s mother sends him to Camp Half-Blood for the summer so he can meet other kids like himself.

An adventure soon unfolds as he and his newfound friends must travel across the country in search of the gates to the Underworld. Their quest is no small feat–they need to find Zeus’ stolen lightning bolt and return it to Mount Olympus, or else an epic war among the gods will break out. “The Lightning Thief” won many awards after its publication and was a New York Times Bestseller. There are four other books in the series (“The Sea of Monsters,” “The Titan’s Curse,” “The Battle of the Labyrinth,” and “The Last Olympian”), as well as three other titles in an equally popular spin-off series called “The Heroes of Olympus.” The much-anticipated fourth book in the “Heroes” series (“The House of Hades”) is due out this fall.

In early 2010, the film “Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief” was released to mixed reviews. The majority of the members of our library’s teen advisory group felt it did not do the first book justice and were disappointed with it. However, the second movie is coming out this August, and the teens in our group are eagerly awaiting its release.

In anticipation of the new movie (and the resurgence in the popularity of Rick Riordan’s books), we’ll be celebrating the last teen event of the summer with a Percy Jackson party, 2 to 3 p.m. Tuesday, July 22nd.

This event is free and open to students in grades six through 12. Registration is not required. Teens can show off their knowledge of all things Percy Jackson by competing in a book trivia contest. We’ll also be hosting minute-to-win-it-style Camp Half-Blood challenges and enjoying some blue food (a favorite of Percy Jackson).

Two lucky participants will receive a free movie ticket to our local cinema to see the movie when it comes out. Of course, the books are always better–that’s why books like these are hard to find on the shelves. The teens are reading them again and again. For further information about the Percy Jackson Party, please call the Fergus Falls Public Library at 218-739-9387.


Arielle Krohn is the youth librarian at the Fergus Falls Public Library.

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