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Library comes alive for Zombiethon
Younger readers delight in fright-filled activities
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Ledell Springer learns the dance to Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” along with Amy Willard, far left, library programming assistant, during Zombieathon on Friday at the Sharon Forks library. - photo by Jennifer Sami

Ledell Springer was thrilled to be at the Sharon Forks library Friday afternoon.

Dressed in rags and spooky makeup, the 10-year-old was all smiles as she learned the dance routine to Michael Jackson’s famous “Thriller” video during the library’s Zombiethon.

“It was pretty fun with the makeup and everything,” Springer said. “We have some fun activities to do and they make me laugh and have fun.”

A day earlier, the Hampton Park library had Cookie Wars, where kids could decorate their own confections.

Saturday, the Cumming library celebrated Dia De Los Muertos, or Day of the Dead.

Vanessa Cowie, the library’s youth services coordinator, said the Halloween-themed events, particularly Friday’s Zombiethon, were tied to the National Teen Read Week’s spooky theme, “It Came from the Library.”

“Zombie literature is really hot for teens now and adults too,” she said. “So this ties into the sort of literature that’s really interesting right now. Teens are exploring life and death and fears and fun and I think what made us think of this idea was the cheesy ‘it came from the library’ theme, because it just tied in with something that is so contemporary.

“Plus we’ve had some practice because we were zombies for the [recent Literacy Forsyth] spelling bee, so we’ve been working with zombie makeup.”

Lindsey Bradford and sister Samantha came Friday with friend Mary Zhou and her sister, Sophie.

The girls got to shoot zombies, make goo, dress up in bloody rags and paint each other’s faces to look like the living dead. They were all ideas Cleo Slaughter, youth services specialist, made happen.

“We just wanted to do something horror/B-movie and around Halloween and zombies are just so popular right now,” Slaughter said. “We thought it would be something fun that the teens would enjoy and gravitate towards.”

Slaughter also set up a mini photo studio with spooky background for the kids to pose for photos, because” you can’t get all dressed up in zombie makeup and not take a picture.”

Mary Zhou who first learned about Zombiethon when she was renewing books on the library’s Web site.

“I thought it looked pretty cool so I wanted to get some friends to come,” she said. “It’s not like boring book discussions over zombie stuff. I thought it was pretty creative how they did this.”

All the Zombiethon events were fun, including the free candy. But the biggest hit appeared to be the makeup.

“It was really fun to put it on your friends and then have it on yourself and then take it off and put it back on,” Lindsey Bradford said. “I usually come here for books … this is really cool. I didn’t think the library would do this.”