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Friday, May 6, 2016
Free Comic Book Day!
Tomorrow is the day and many libraries, bookstores, and comic shops are participating.
Here is the link for the official website for the event which includes a place to search for participating stores. But don’t forget many libraries participate too. Call your to see what they are doing. We have a comic book shop only 2 blocks from our library and the two work together to offer free comics at both locations.
There are also videos and interesting links on the site.
Here is also a link to every post, review, list of resources, etc... that I have tagged Graphic Novels on the blog over the years (over 70!). I read a lot of graphic novels, so there are many reviews.
Specifically, I want to point out this post where I listed my favorite graphic novel resources. It is a few years old at this point, but it is still useful.
One new resource that is not on there which I highly recommend is Panels. I absolutely love their mission, which you can read in its entirety here, but it starts with this sentence: "Panels is a celebration of comics, the people who make them, and the people who love them.” I am 100% behind that!
Whether or not you are officially celebrating free comic book day at your library, remember it will be out there in the media. Patrons will be aware of it. Some may even have questions about it. Others, who are totally new to the idea of reading comics, may feel more comfortable coming to the library rather than entering a crowded comics shop. So put up some graphic novel displays or at the very least, keep this post handy so you can quickly pull up the resources and help people with comics related questions.
And finally, go find a place where you can grab your own free comic books tomorrow.
I am a Librarian [MLIS] in Illinois specializing in serving leisure readers ages 13 and up. I train library staff all over the world on how to match books with readers through their local public library. I am the author of The Readers’ Advisory Guide to Horror, 2d edition (ALA Editions, 2012). I am under contract to write content for EBSCO's NoveList database, reviews for Booklist, am a member of the Adult Reading Round Table Steering Committee, a 5 term Trustee for my local library, and am a proud member of The Horror Writers' Association. Check out the side bar for links to the groups and organizations with which I am affiliated.