Anime fans gathered at the Salida Library on Saturday for the fourth annual Teen Anime Day, in celebration of the end of the teen summer reading program.
Many were dressed as their favorite characters from anime series, manga books and comics – everything from Gamzee from “Homestuck” to Misa from “Death Note.”
The day started with a variety of games and crafts, followed by a pizza lunch and a showing of the first three episodes of an anime series called “Nyan Koi.” To conclude the day there was a costume contest and a raffle.
While waiting for the pizza and “Nyan Koi,” teens got to make buttons, key chains, candy sushi, origami, ninja finger puppets and earbud holders. Along with these fun crafts, there were other activities such as a toy dragon race and getting your name written in Japanese.
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“My favorite part of the day is being able to make delectable sushi out of candy,” said Jessica Hilbert, who came to the Anime Day dressed as John Egbert from “Homestuck.”
Around a dozen teens participated in the costume contest, to place first, second or third, or to win “hottest costume” – by the participant most bundled up. After the contest came the raffle, with prizes including pocky, chopsticks, toys, manga and Japanese traditional wear.
The Stanislaus County Library system has a lot of fun activities like this for teens. A couple coming up are the T(w)een Giant Game Day at the Modesto Library at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday and the custom button making session at the Oakdale Library at 3:30 p.m. Aug. 29.
For more information on upcoming teen events, go to www.stanislauslibrary.org/tk_teen_fun.shtml.
Rose Sellman is a sophomore at Connecting Waters Charter School and a member of the Teens in the Newsroom program.