GEEKS

Cecil Whig - - JUMP­START -

Awak­ens” (2015) and be­come new fans of the fran­chise.

The pro­gram has also spawned a book club that al­ter­nates monthly be­tween sci-fi and fan­tasy books. Gabrielle Old­ham, a North East resident who’s at­tended nearly ev­ery “Magic, Space, and Swords!” event, jumped at the chance to join.

“I think the li­brary thought it was a very small niche, that there was hardly any­body that

was in­ter­ested,” Old­ham said. “Matt showed them with th­ese one-night events that there were a lot of peo­ple out there.”

Not much con­nects older gen­er­a­tions to younger ones as ef­fec­tively as to­day’s so-called nerd cul­ture. When Low­der’s 14-month-old son gets a lit­tle older, he’d like to take him to this type of li­brary event, he said.

To hear him speak of “Magic, Space, and Swords” is to hear a man pas­sion­ate about what he’s helped cre­ate. To­ward the be­gin­ning of a phone call Wed­nes­day af­ter­noon, Low­der said he had a

few min­utes to talk, but that we could speak for a few more than that if needed. What fol­lowed was a 21-minute con­ver­sa­tion with al­most no dead air.

“We are now this award-win­ning li­brary, and what is it that we have dif­fer­ent from other coun­ties?” Low­der said. “I think what we have dif­fer­ent is this re­ally deep com­mit­ment to life­long ed­u­ca­tion and cul­tural op­por­tu­ni­ties for all. It can sound cheesy, but it’s so true, and it’s so cool to be a part of.”

To reg­is­ter for Satur­day’s “Magic, Space, and Swords!” go to ce­cil.ebranch.info.

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