Candy Sushi

On Tuesday, November 27 from 6:00-7:30 p.m., teens 12-18 will gather to create colorful and delicious candy “sushi” rolls that they can take home. Sushi rolls are created using a variety of candies, including Rice Krispies, Fruit Roll-Ups, and Swedish Fish, to name a few. Registration for this free event is currently full, but teens can sign up for the waiting list here. People on the waiting list will be contacted whether or not a space opens up for them.

Candy sushi events have been held for teens in libraries around the country as a way of supporting young adults’ interest in manga and anime, which are Japanese graphic novels, cartoons, and animation. JCPL’s Teen Services Manager, Katelyn Wolfe, says that “our library’s manga collection holds some of the highest circulating items in the teen area. Many of the teens who attend our programs are avid manga readers and big anime fans.” According to Katelyn, because there is so much teen interest in these genres, the library has been expanding its manga collection by adding new volumes of current series, as well as ordering new series.

Katelyn wanted to create an event that speaks to manga and anime fans, and she was drawn to the idea of creating candy sushi because it incorporates food. “Teens are continually asking for programming that involves food. I see Candy Sushi as a hands-on way to combine several things they care about.” Along with making candy creations, participants can watch anime streaming during the event.

For more information about Candy Sushi, contact Katelyn Wolfe at 423-434-4349 or Find out about upcoming teen events on the library’s online calendar or follow our teen Instagram.

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