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Teens who watch for every waving snail, have "liked" Pendleton Ward's beard on Facebook or use words like "algebraic" or "mathematical" rather than "cool" or "neat," will not want to miss an upcoming Worthington Libraries program.

Adventure Time, a popular animated Cartoon Network series created by Ward, follows the algebraic adventures of Finn, a 14-year-old human boy, and his best friend Jake, a shape shifting dog. The pair lives in Ooo, a post-apocalyptic candy kingdom, and travels the land encountering wacky characters like Princess Bubblegum, The Ice King and Marceline the Vampire Queen.

Earlier this year, an Entertainment Weekly reviewer gave the series an "A" and called it "a hybrid sci-fi/fantasy/horror/musical/fairy tale, with echoes of Calvin and Hobbes, Hayao Miyazaki, Final Fantasy, Richard Linklater, Where the Wild Things Are and the music video you made with your high school garage band."

Old Worthington Library, 820 High St., will host an Adventure Time party at 6 p.m. Friday, April 12, as part of TGIF, a library series which offers unique after-hours programs for teens. Future events in the series include a Zombie Nerf War on Aug. 16.

During TGIF: Adventure Time, there will be a costume contest and Mad Libs, and episodes of the series will be shown. A photo scavenger hunt will challenge teams to take pictures in the library of common Adventure Time items; things like a penguin, robot and vampire.

There will be a trivia contest, so if your kids know the name of Princess Bubblegum's pet hamster, what happens to candy people when they're terrified or Finn's fear, they could win it all.

Teen fans of Finn and Jake's algebraic adventures should not only come in costume to this after-hours event, they should also prepare to pitch some pies. As promised, now that the WorthingTeens Facebook page has 500 fans, those attending can ready-aim-fire at the teen librarian of their choice.

Hillary Kline is communications specialist for Worthington Libraries

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