Well, yesterday afternoon saw Auckland Libraries first Zombie invasion. This was part of a learning exercise with youth at the Tupu library and was an enormous amount of fun. For background on this event and why we did it, you can listen to my recent podcast with the brains behind the activity, Dr Matt Finch, here.
The afternoon was brilliant fun and a huge success. The "victims" of the attack were working a room together when the zombie horde arrived. They were doing disaster planning and had to immediately spring into action to survive their own disaster. Barricading themselves in, they used books and thought to work through problem solving. I played the part of a mad scientist who was working on a cure and paid them two visits during the 4 hours and then rescued them at the end.
What struck me about yesterday afternoon was the way the library was interacting with the its community and how they children were experiencing a thrilling, fun and meaningful activity within the library. A combination that we do not always associate with our libraries. Physical activity, combined with learning and entertainment takes our libraries into another realm and one that I do believe we should explore more.
If I learnt anything yesterday, it was that if a Zombie horde does attack Tupu library for real, they will wish they had chosen somewhere else......