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….Hey! … [whispering]….Have you ever heard the expression “there was something in the air?” Well, on October 24th and 27th, there is going to be something in the air. Something big. Something catastrophic. Something that causes… a zombie apocalypse, and it is going to happen right here in Summit County. Unless… unless you sign up to help crack the clues… to help stop this and reverse the effects.

I can’t reveal who I am. Just know that my dad works at a lab here in Akron, and I accidentally saw a report on his laptop about a secret biological test happening on October 24th and 27th. Lately, my dad has been working crazy hours and falls asleep on the couch while watching football. I couldn’t help but see his screen.

Anyway, the report was labeled “Citizen Zombie” and the lab is going to release something, a “mind numbing” chemical, in the air, and then “observe the effects on everyday citizens”. But,  this company has been botching a lot of things up lately, and I don’t trust them- at all. Luckily, I read that the company has hidden vials around the city, and when combined, they form a cure that blocks the chemical from being absorbed by humans and helps those effected revert back to a “previously uncontaminated state”.  I think I said too much… I can’t reveal more, otherwise his work could figure it out. That would be bad. Bad for him. Bad for me.

So I got to ask; are you up to the task of joining me to find these vials and crack The ZOMBIE ESCAPE ROOM, so that we can save Summit County… and maybe the world?


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Registration Links:

Saturday, October 24 @ 3 pm  
Tuesday, October 27 @ 6 pm

Meet your Zombie Escape Room Game masters and Akron Library Teen Librarians who have each recommended their favorite  Zombie book:

Dread Nation by Justina Ireland book cover

Dread Nation by Justina Ireland

Zombies have walked the earth ever since the Civil War. This unbelievable event inspired laws requiring Native American and African American children to attend combat schools to beat back the undead. Jane is one such student even if she doesn't want to be, but when people start disappearing, Jane stumbles upon a mystery that may be even more dangerous than zombies. Follow the story into Book Two: Deathless Divide (2020).

Kelly Chaplin, Teen Librarian, Northwest Akron Branch

The Enemy by Charles Higson bppk cover

The Enemy by Charles Higson

This fast paced zombie thriller will keep you on the edge of your seat while a group of young teens battle to keep themselves alive after a malicious disease has killed and made nearly everyone over 16 years of age into flesh eating monsters.

Sarah Deisler, Assistant Youth Coordinator, Main Library

Zom-B (series) by Darren Shan book cover

Zom-B (series) by Darren Shan

I recommend Zom-B as my zombie book pick. Unfortunately, I have to be vague when describing it - lots a surprises in this series. The protagonist, a teenager named only as B, has to endure a zombie apocalypse. The book starts off slow and B is hard to connect with, but as the series progresses, they become more relatable and the story, and more engrossing.

Josh Romig, Teen Librarian, Firestone Park Branch

Dreamfall, by Amy Plum book cover

Dreamfall, by Amy Plum

When a sleep study for insomniacs goes wrong, seven teenagers get trapped inside each other's nightmares. Together they must outrun skinless, oozing monsters, sinister clowns, and zombie monks as they try to escape a terrifying dreamworld

Susan Russ, Teen Librarian, Main Library

Ashes by Ilsa J. Bick book cover

Ashes by Ilsa J. Bick

Can you tell the difference between a human and a monster? Are you sure? When an electromagnetic pulse kills billions and destroys electronic devices, three teenage survivors must work together to decide who can be trusted - or join the countless dead.

Kerry Sutherland, Teen Librarian, Ellet Branch

Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan book cover

Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan

This was the first zombie book I read in which you realize the main character, Mary, is part of a *generation* born into a zombie apocalypse, and “surviving” is just a way of life. Decades ago, survivors built villages that were connected and surrounded by chain link fences. But, over the years, zombies cut off safe passage to other villages. Mary so desperately wants to see the outside world, and on one deadly day, she is given the chance.

Jennifer Stencel, Teen Librarian, Richfield Branch and Sarah Deisler, Assistant Youth Coordinator, Main Library


Zombies Assemble by Yusaku Komiyama

June Thomas, Teen Librarian, Goodyear Branch