Catching Fire Movie Release Party 

Saturday, Nov. 23

"Any last advice?" "Stay alive." Saturday

Nov. 23

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Be wary of people eager to punish. The purpose of justice, from civics to parenting and education, is to correct bad behavior and make a habit of good behavior. Punishment, on the other hand, often pleases the punisher, rather than benefiting the punished.

That, at least, is the idea behind The Hunger Games, the series of young-adult novels about children who must fight to the death in the titular spectator sport as penance for a rebellion that took place about 75 years before the action in the novels. In author Suzanne Collins' series, The Capitol forces one representative from each of North America's regions to participate in deadly competition for the pleasure of the decadent upper classes, who live lives insulated from the poverty and hunger of the confederacy's outlying regions.

Since 2008, The Hunger Games has been on YA bestseller lists and, as of Saturday, Nov. 23, the series has spawned two feature films. To celebrate, the Library at Collister is hosting a Catching Fire Release Party, at which readers can enter prize drawings, complete district passports--so named after the 13 districts of The Hunger Games' post-apocalyptic North America--and make buttons to represent various districts and show support for their favorite Hunger Games contestants, called "tributes."

The party runs from 1-3 p.m. and is free to attend.

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