What is 411 Community Read?
When we started out, we didn’t know what we were getting into. Suzanne Collins had recently finished her Hunger Games trilogy, and we were all collectively stunned. It had been a while since we read something this good. We had heard rumors about a movie being made about this intense story, and more rumors that the movie was being made in North Carolina. It turned out that all those rumors happened to be true.
Then in July of 2011 we decided that we needed to do something about it. So there was a gathering of county librarians and parks and recreation staff who sat down and collectively decided that we needed to plan out something epic. Here are the four North Carolinian counties that came together: Cabarrus, Rowan, Stanly, and Union. The event we decided to create was the 411 Community Read; 4 Districts (the Counties), 1 book, 1 Community.
What we have planned out is more than just a community read, it’s going to be a community event. We didn’t just want people to just read the book. We wanted them to experience it. So yes, not only are we going to encourage everyone in the Four Counties (Districts) to read and discuss this epic story, we are going to give you the opportunity live it out. Every county will have their own Survival Training Day filled with obstacles and athletic and mental challenges that are inspired by what you’ve seen in the Arena during the Hunger Games books. Conquer the Survival Training Day in your county to maximize your experience, or head directly to the main event on October 13th at the Cabarrus Arena to compete to be the Grand Champion.
As awesome as that is, we figured that even this wasn’t enough. So we’ve planned several contests that will be going on until September. Be sure to enter in so that you get the chance to win some really cool prizes. So whether you’re good with art, film, writing, or even costume design, there is something for you to get involved with. If you’re looking for others who are as excited about The Hunger Games as you are, we’ve got lots of book discussions where you can have your say and hear what others think. There are even some lectures planned with topics centered around the book.
So check back soon, and check back often. There’s going to be a lot of things happening on this site.
We will see you soon, and until then Read it. Do it. Survive It.
-411 Community Read Team