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 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.