Graphic Novels at the library

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Knowing where to start when it comes to adding Graphic Novels to your YA collection can be overwhelming.  At least that’s how I felt 3 years ago when I decided to introduce them.  For a small library with a tiny book budget, it’s hard to justify making a purchase that may never circulate. 

So, in 2007, I decided to add the genre of Graphic Novels to my order from the Junior Library Guild,  For a little over $165 per year, I’m guaranteed 12 great selections (one every month) made by the knowledgeable staff at JLG.  From past experience, I know they are experts at selecting award winning books, so I felt confident giving them a try for a year.  I’m still using their services for graphic novels and couldn’t be happier.  Below are some of the more heavily circulating books in our GN collection:

The Cartoon Chronicles of America – Road to Revolution!

Foiled by Jane Yolen

The Bone Series by Jeff Smith

Ramp Rats

Classics Illustrated – The Invisible Man

The Twilight Zone Series

Outlaw – The Legend of Robin Hood

I love the Foreword that Jeff Smith wrote for the book Getting Graphic! Using Graphic Novels to Promote Literacy with Preteens and Teens by Michele Gorman.  He said, “When you read a comic – when you experience the words and the pictures simultaneously – the drawings take on a dimension of time and begin to perform…Once engaged, the reader is witnessing a private film in his imagination…They (comics) are a secret world that only you can activate.”  I have had more than 1 young reader, in their own words, express similar sentiments. 

Mary G., Scotland Public Library


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