Pickerington Times-Sun

Library to host 'Steampunk' event for teenagers

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Modern and science fiction twists on tales and characters of bygone eras will be on order at the Pickerington Public Library next week for "Steampunk in the Afternoon."

According to Urban Dictionary, "steampunk" is "a subgenre of speculative fiction, usually set in an anachronistic Victorian or quasi-Victorian alternate history setting. It could be described by the slogan 'What the past would look like if the future had happened sooner.' It includes fiction with science fiction, fantasy or horror themes."

Tuesday, July 30, the library will host an event to allow area teens to delve into "trending" category of literature when it hosts Steampunk in the Afternoon from 2 to 4 p.m.

"This is geared for our older teens, those in grades 9-12," said Amanda Fensch, Pickerington Public Library adult services manager.

"It's really a fascinating blend of Victorian lifestyle with science fiction or modern technology and themes."

Steampunk in the Afternoon is free and all materials for the program are provided by the library.

It does, however, require prior registration, which can be completed by visiting the library, 201 Opportunity Way, or calling (614) 837-4104.

"We have enough supplies for 20 teens," Fensch said.

During the program, teens will learn about the latest steampunk novels and have opportunities to construct steampunk necklaces, book spine bookmarks and other accessories from materials such as metal, discarded book pages and duct tape.

They also can have their creation photographed for inclusion on the library's Facebook page.

"We wanted to stay true to the idea of steampunk," Fensch said. "It will let the kids use creativity. We have enough pieces that everybody's will look different."

Additional information about Steampunk in the Afternoon is available at www.pickeringtonlibrary.org.

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