The Hilo Public Library will offer readers free comic books on Saturday, May 5, in celebration of the 11th anniversary of Free Comic Book Day. Library patrons showing their valid Hawaii State Public Library System card will receive a special free comic book, while supplies last.
The Friends of the Library of Hawaii is the sponsor of this year’s event; co-sponsors include Jelly’s the Original and Collector Maniacs. Free Comic Book Day is celebrated worldwide on the first Saturday in May and participating libraries and comic book shops have given away millions of free comic books over the past ten years.
Each participating HSPLS library will offer a variety of comic books for all ages. Readers can choose from among popular series including “The Avengers,” “DC Comics: The New 52,” “Dune,” “Peanuts,” “Smurfs,” and “Under the Faerie Moon Preview.”
In addition to free comic books, Star Wars characters in full costume will make special appearances at eight participating Oahu libraries to encourage children to read. Library patrons are invited to bring their cameras for a photo opportunity with their favorite intergalactic heroes and villains:
l 501st Legion Pacific Outpost (Star Wars “bad guys”) — 10 a.m. to noon at Aiea Public Library and Waimanalo Public & School Library; 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Kailua Public Library and Mililani Public Library.
l Rebel Legion Hawaii (Star Wars “good guys”) — 10 a.m. to noon at Kapolei Public Library; 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Liliha Public Library and McCully-Moiliili Public Library.
l Oahu FanForce (various Star Wars characters) — 10 a.m. to noon at Aina Haina Public Library.
Last year, a total of 1,766 people received a free comic book at participating libraries and 729 people stood in line for photo opportunities with the costumed characters.
Please visit www.librarieshawaii.org or call the hosting libraries for more information.