“This is actually our fourth year doing the ‘Zombie Apocalypse’ and we just had the idea of doing some teen programs after hours,” Director of Youth Services Thomas Shalin said. “Of course everybody loves zombies and everybody loves Nerf guns, so [teens] love the idea of doing that in the library.”
He continued, “Every year the teens ask us when we’re going to do it again, so it’s really popular.”
The event, geared toward patrons ages 12 to 18, will begin in Nathan Dean Room A from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Registration is required, 770-382-4203, ext. 136.
Shalin said while the month of October sees about the same amount of youth interest in books pertaining to thrills and chills, the library hosts events like “Zombie Apocalypse” in an effort to draw in more young readers. He said the library regularly seeks new titles that are popular with teens.
“We have all the popular zombie books like ‘World War Z’ and ‘Zombie Survival Guide’ and all those sorts of things in the library ... and ‘Rot and Ruin’ and things like that as well,” Shalin said.
Other holiday-themed events this month include Teen Creature Feature on Saturday, Oct. 26, with films “The Ring,” rated PG-13, beginning at 1 p.m.; and “Beetlejuice,” rated PG, at 3 p.m. Patrons are invited to bring their own candy.
“The library definitely offers books and e-books and information is definitely a highlight, but we also like to have programs and things that teens and families can come to and interact and they can do something great, or make something creative or just [do] something they enjoy,” Shalin said. “We, as a library, we provide those experiences be it through craft programs or story programs or computer programs or movies, or zombie programs — we’re definitely a place in the community where people can come and learn about things and have fun.”
For more information on upcoming library programs, visit www.bartowlibraryonline.org.