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On Saturday May 3rd, libraries and comic book specialty shops celebrated Free Comic Book Day. Learn how Chatham Public Library participated in Free Comic Book Day from Library Director Jennifer Wilcox who explains how her library had a successful FCBD.

FCBD: How did your FCBD go?
Jennifer: "Both myself and my staff thought it went very well. Our patrons were thrilled to be getting free comics and it gave them an opportunity to see what was out there."

FCBD: How  did your prepare for the event?
Jennifer: "We advertised in-house and on Facebook. Facebook - we advertised the day off and In-House we advertised the week leading up to the event."

FCBD: What special events took place during your FCBD event?
Jennifer: "Nothing except for regular programs (Storytime)"

FCBD: What would you do differently if you participate again next year?
Jennifer: "I would like to contact the local animation studio  about setting up displays or having talks about getting into animation industry. I would also like to talk to other libraries to see what they normally do and what types of events they normally hold for FCBD."

FCBD: How successful was your FCBD?
Jennifer: "The majority of our comics are gone, which was very nice. We also had a lot of very happy adults and children taking comics that they knew and comics that they hadn't heard of. We don't have a comic book store or book store in Miramichi anymore and access can be a little limited, so this gave everyone an opportunity to see  new titles, new illustrators, etc. that they may pursue later."

"It was fantastic seeing how happy everyone was over the free comics. I hope that we're able to participate again and I'm hoping that a couple of the other local libraries will participate too with our success."

If your library would like to participate in Free Comic Book Day, email educators@freecomicbookday.com