The following article was submitted by Susie Menk, Youth Services Librarian at the Manitowoc Public Library.
Is everyone ready to have fun?! The Manitowoc Public Library is gearing up for a day of fun and activity on Saturday, May 7, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. See you at the Library for Comic Day!
Ever since the 1940s, when the first series about comic book heroes began, comic book characters have been a big part of people’s lives. Comics themselves have become a huge industry and if you’re lucky enough to own a first issue of a well-known or beloved title, it could be worth a good amount of money. Recently, we’ve seen a huge explosion in the film industry with Marvel and DC vying to see who can release movies faster.
The library is going to have a day of fun and activities around comic book characters. Come dressed as your favorite character, whether it’s a hero or a villain! There will be a costume contest for children and another for adults. Judging will be based on accuracy, craftsmanship and presentation, and prizes will be awarded for first, second and third place. Register for the contest at the registration table.
Throughout the day, a treasure hunt will also be offered. Scavenger hunt sheets will be handed out at a table near the Teen Hangout. These sheets will direct customers to find eight clues in the adult sections and eight clues in the youth department. The answers will be in the form of popular comic book issue numbers that have been published. Customers can find eight clues or complete all sixteen. Either way, there will be small prizes for completing the treasure hunt.
Comic book characters will also be part of the manual activities of the day. Button and mask making tables will be set up at various stations in the library. Customers can create a button with a popular cartoon character or decorate a mask to imitate their hero or create their own.
Teenagers can take part in a special comic book drawing class. Classes will be delivered in the Idea Box creation space and will be taught using a free app called SketchBook Pro. Registered participants will learn how to make basic body parts and then embellish them to create their own comic book characters. If participants wish, they can submit their drawings to an online contest for a chance to win a prize!
Sounds awesome, right? ! Well, there’s more! The Manitowoc Public Library is partnering with Free Comic Book Day to offer comic books while supplies last.
Join the party! Put on your favorite costume, meet other enthusiasts and get a free comic! It’s going to be a great day at the Manitowoc Public Library!
Here is a brief overview of the day’s activities:
- The event runs from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
- Costume contest at 11 a.m.
- Drawing lessons for teenagers at 10 a.m. and 12 p.m. – REGISTRATION REQUIRED
- Mask making and button making available all day
- Treasure hunt available all day
- Distribution of comics while supplies last