There’s more to do this weekend at the Manhattan Public Library than checking out books.
Before you hit the midnight release of “The Hunger Games,” check out the Manhattan Public Library’s Hunger Games Party from 6:30-8:30 p.m. . Celebrate this best-selling book with games, food, trivia and other activities.
“The Hunger Games,” based on the novel by Suzanne Collins, follows Katniss Everdeen, a 16-year-old girl who is selected to compete in a vicious televised tournament where 24 teenagers compete in an arena where the only rule is stay alive. The book was the first common reading program book for the K-State Book Network in 2010.
Also at the library, the third installment of the TALK Program about “African-American Perspectives” is set for 7 p.m. tonight in the Groesbeck Meeting Room. The program will discuss “The Fire Next Time” by James Baldwin. The series is sponsored by the Manhattan Library Association and the Kansas Humanities Council, a nonprofit cultural organization, as part of its Talk About Literature in Kansas (TALK) program. The final selection is “Race Matters” by Cornel West and will be discussed on April 26.
On Friday, the library will hold a special screening of “Cars 2” at 2 p.m. in the auditorium.
Here’s a look at other area events:
Community Appreciation Day, noon-5 p.m. Free admission for all community members. Sunset Zoo.
Inaugural Black Tie and Leather Biker Ball ABATE District 15 Fund-raiser, 7 p.m. Featuring Burning Sky in concert, indoor biker games, photo opportunities, door prizes and buffet catered by RC McGraws. Cost: $30 a couple, $20 stag. Public welcome, formal attire not required. Contact: Paul “Bommerang” Woodyard at (785) 313-2130. Blue Hills Room.
C.L. Hoover Opera House presents Bob Cervera’s Acoustic Junction, 7 p.m. Free and open to the public. Walker Reception Hall, C.L. Hoover Opera House.
Jazz Brunch, 10 a.m.-noon. Bluestem Bistro.
Read to Dogs, 2-4 pm. No sign up required. Manhattan Public Library, Storytime Room.
Wayne Goins Jazz Trio, 6-8 p.m. dellaVoce.