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.