As "Breaking Dawn, Part I" from the "Twilight" series hit movie screen last week, area teens took the library to celebrate the much-anticipated wedding of Bella Swan and Edward Cullen. Stephenie Meyers' popular series featuring a human who falls in love with a vampire and befriends a werewolf, had teens rereading and anticipating the film version where the girl finally gets her guy, but not without some complications.
Cindy Beach, John Waller and Bev Chearno, coordinators from the Mahoning County Library System, said they are thrilled at the amount of popularity that the books have received from the students.
“We ride the wave of popularity to the series 'Twilight' and keep the students interested in reading these books and books like them,” said Beach.
“The activity that we choose is based on the national interests of books made into movies and the popularity they bring,” said Waller.
The library system gauges the interest of books like these by the amount of traffic to their website to check out the books.
“Harry Potter series is another series of books that kids are still reading,” said Chearno.
Janet Loew, Mahoning County’s communication and public relations representative, and her team create theme-based parties and activities for teen-agers in the community to show them that it is still cool to read.
The "Breaking Dawn" party was for seventh- through 12th-graders and featured a cardboard cutout of the wedding couple with Bella's face removed so the girls could be the bride. Girls who attended also created crafts based on their favorite characters from the series.
Photos by Mike Capps, Town Crier correspondent
Claire Morris, Audrey Schweers and Shelby Berend from Poland Middle School are at the craft table making key chains of their favorite character from 'Twilight.' The Poland Library was hosting a party for seventh- through twelvth-graders who were interested in attending.