It was Free Comic Book Day this past Saturday! And boy, did the Southington Public Library have some awesome plans!
One of my Secret Life of a Librarian Past Times is dressing like a Super Hero with a group called The Hero Army. We go to conventions, special events, birthday parties, etc, dressed as heroes or villains or both.
I enlisted several of The Hero Army (and coerced several of my own friends) to don capes for a noble cause: making kids, parents, families, teens, and adults super happy and excited for comic books. I love the support and enthusiasm that every one of my friends has had for this day–despite it being volunteer. Then again, who doesn’t want an excuse to see the kids smile? (and to be a superhero for a day?)
We had an awesome cast of characters who came to celebrate the festivities. Can you name them all?
We opened our doors just after 2 and it was nonstop until about 3;45. There were people everywhere. We had over 200 show up for the event, which was amazing.
Comics were donated by The Eye Opener in Newington and Richie’s Comic Cabana in Waterbury. The guys that own these shops are absolutely awesome. If you are in CT and you need comics, definitely go to them. The support they have showed for this program has been phenomenal. And the fact that they donate comics for us to have and distribute, at no cost to the library or the patrons, is even better.
For anyone looking to participate next year, either by just going, starting a program at your own school or library, check out the Free Comic Book Day website for ways to participate. They are super helpful and will definitely give you the support you need, or at the very least point you in the right direction.
I can’t wait to do this again next year. If this program keeps growing the way it has been, we’re going to need some bigger space! And I have NO problem with this!