Get the 411 on community read featuring The Hunger Games

Libraries and Parks invite community to Read It, Do It, Survive It

The Hunger Games is a much too compelling story to be left behind the covers of a book or condensed for the silver screen. So librarians from four local counties – or districts, if you will – are asking folks of all ages to Read It, Do It, Survive It. Residents of Cabarrus, Rowan, Stanly and Union counties are invited to pick up a copy of The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins and participate in a community read that features interactive events, contests, discussions and challenges.

Dubbed “411” to represent four districts, one book and one community, this regional community event kicks off August 21 with a series of book discussions in each county and offers more than 50 regional activities over a two-month period. The culminating event will be a final survival challenge comprising puzzles and physical trials October 13 at Cabarrus Arena and Events Center.

In addition to a variety of book and film discussions centered on themes and genres represented in this literary work, other activities include Survival Training Days, Guinness World Record Challenge, Archery Demonstration, Cake Decorating Demonstrations, Corn Mazes, Film Viewing and Discussions, and the Final Challenge.

There are also teen-specific events for students in grades 6-12, including these contests: short film, bookmark and costume. Plus adults and teens can enter art and writing contests.

Some events require advance registration. The entry deadline for the art contest is August 22. The deadline for the short film, bookmark, costume and writing contests is September 14.

For more information about 411, pick up a brochure at your local library or visit or


The 411 community read is a collaboration among Cabarrus County Public Library, Rowan Public Library, Stanly County Public Library, Union County Public Library, Rowan-Cabarrus Community College, Stanly Community College, Cabarrus County Active Living & Parks, Kannapolis Parks & Recreation, Concord Parks & Recreation, Rowan County Parks & Recreation, Albemarle Parks & Recreation, Monroe Parks & Recreation and many community partners.