Celebrate Teen Read Month at Carver County libraries

A3-TeenReadMonthCMYKIt’s Teen Read Month at Carver County Libraries. In addition to fine waivers for teens during the month of October (if you are age 12-18 and owe the library money for late fees, you can get a coupon for up to $10 off your fines! Ask at the service desk), there are also special events like the Catching Fire parties.
If you’re excited about the new Hunger Games movie coming out in November, celebrate the opening of the new movie by making your own bookmark, testing your skills at Q-tip archery, enjoying mystery grab bags and much more at the Waconia Library at 3 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 17 or the Norwood Young America Library at 3 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 19. Costumes are encouraged; dress up as your favorite tribute, stylist or Capitol citizen.
The libraries are also celebrating the winner of the 2013 Teen Bookmark contest.
Victoria Niu of Chanhassen won the contest with her drawing created in PaintTool SAI software. She is a senior at Minnetonka High School and plans a career in animation and visual development for the entertainment arts. She saw the contest in 2012 and decided to enter it this summer.
She was inspired by an illustration on the wall in her English class in middle school that showed a lot of fantastical book characters exploding out of an open book. Her favorite authors are Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett, and when she was younger she loved Japanese anime and manga.
“I really enjoyed working on the bookmark design,” said Niu, who hopes to go to college on the west coast, majoring in animation.