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Percy Jackson – Ancient Greece Crash Course

John Green is back! This time, he compares and contrasts Greek civilization and the Persian Empire. Of course we’re glad that Greek civilization spawned modern western civilization, right? Maybe not. From Socrates and Plato to Darius and Xerxes, John explains two of the great powers of the ancient world, all WITHOUT the use of footage from 300.

To earn points, watch the video and tell us what you think! How does perspective and bias change our understanding of history? How might our world be different today without the influence of ancient Greece? What questions do you have after watching this video?

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Percy Jackson – Capture the Flag

Choose a cabin from Camp Half-Blood and design that cabin’s flag for a round of epic Capture the Flag.

To earn points, tell us which cabin you chose and submit a picture of your original flag design.

While you’re at it, play Capture the Flag with your friends this summer!

*Your submission will be reviewed by teen librarians before you are awarded points. 

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Percy Jackson – Draw a Mythological Monster

Below are a few famous monsters from Greek mythology. Do you recognize them from the Percy Jackson novels?

ARGUS: Hera’s guard, who had eyes all over his body. When Hermes killed him, Hera placed his eyes in the tail of the peacock.
CERBERUS: A powerful three-headed dog, which guarded the entrance to the Underworld.
CYCLOPES: A Cyclopes was a giant with a single eye in the middle of his forehead. They made lightning and thunderbolts for Zeus.
HYDRA: A gigantic serpent with many heads. If one was cut off, another two would grow in its place.
SIRENS: Huge, winged creatures with the heads of women, who lived on rocks by the sea and lured sailors to their death with their beautiful singing.

To earn points for this activity, choose one of these monsters to draw, and submit your mythological artwork.

*Your submission will be reviewed by teen librarians before you are awarded points. 

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Anime – Top Theme Songs

Every Saturday, Saturday Morning Slow Jams takes classic cartoon theme songs and turns them into ’90s r&b slow jams. Watch Andromeda bring some swagger to the Sailor Moon theme, with help from the 90s version of Tambourine Guy.

To earn points, tell us your favorite anime theme song!

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Graphic Design – History of Typography

In graphic design, type is power: power to express words and ideas visually. It’s timeless, but always changing. Watch this animated history of typography.

To earn points, watch the video and tell us which sans serif type created by a German designer is based on simple geometric shapes.