Anime Minicon Highlights Teen Read Month

   Teen Read Month is an annual event aimed at encouraging teens to read for the fun of it – a chance to break away from textbooks and enjoy programs designed for them.
   Tulsa City-County Library has planned programs offering entertainment as well as a dose of education.
   To highlight activities for teens, TCCL presents the 2013 Anime Minicon at Hardesty Regional Library, 8316 E. 93rd St., Oct. 26, 1-4 p.m.  This year’s event features synchronized Malaysian-Chinese percussion, Tulsa Martial Arts group, Candy Sushi Workshop, Anime Trivia Contest and booths from Avie’s Bento, Barnes & Noble, Tulsa Anime Organization, Nam Hai Oriental Food Market, Vintage Stock, Tulsa Martial Arts and TCCL Anime Clubs.
   Since it’s close to Halloween, teens are encouraged to give their costumes extra use and enter the Cosplay contest.  Awards will be presented for first, second and third place winners.  This is sure to be a colorful highlight of the event.
   Author and illustrator Ben Hatke is the featured speaker.  His presentation begins at 2 p.m. and is followed by a question and answer session, after which he will sign copies of his books.  Hatke is the creator of the “Zita the Spacegirl” graphic novels.  The third in the series is scheduled for publication in late 2013.  He also has published stories in the “Flight” series as well as “Flight Explorer.”  In addition to writing and drawing comics, he also paints in the naturalist tradition.  Hatke is set to release the forthcoming picture book “Julia’s House.”
   For a complete list of Anime Minicon activities, visit, http://teens.tulsalibrary.org, or call the AskUs Hotline, 918-549-7323.
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