Comic Book Day in Invercargill

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The constant queue of superheroes and members of the public during the Free Comic Book Day at the Invercargill City Libraries & Archives. Photos: Janette Gellatly

The Free Comic Book Day interactive day of fun activities was held at the Invercargill City Libraries & Archives on Saturday, May 6.

Capes, shields and all manner of superhero accessories were on show at the library throughout the day as a constant stream of people of all ages took advantage of the comic giveaway. It was hosted by the Rotary club and sponsored by Mee & Henry Law Ltd.

Next Rotary Generation member Felicia Goffin, dressed as Tinkerbell, among some of the 900 comics which were given away during the Free Comic Book Day.
Invercargill Library customer experience officer Lisa Tinning (left), fully caped out as a superhero, and Next Rotary Generation member Tania Hartnett, dressed as Dr Seuss’s Thing 1.

Next Rotary Generation member Tania Hartnett said the idea had come from one of the club members as one of Rotary’s high-priority focuses was on literacy. “Free Comic Book Day is an international event one day each year where over 6 million comics are given away free. NRG are big supporters of literacy and comic books have been proven to encourage literacy.” Mrs Hartnett said the day was a huge success with about 850 comics given away and less than 50 adult ones remaining. “It was a fantastic day. Everyone was so polite, courteous, and grateful.” As a bonus there had also been an increase in the number of children joining the library. She said a librarian at the event said it had been one of their busiest days in the children’s section with “a spike in children joining the library and getting a library card”.

It was hoped the comic day could become an annual event.

 

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