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Collage of books and a film about cat manga in Japan
Emily Meehan, June 17, 2022

There are a lot of manga series out there to choose from. Between all of the shonen adventures and shojo romance, you may have noticed on the library shelves a certain cuddly creature that is featured in many manga series: cats! That’s right, there are many, many manga series all about cats.


close up of hands holding open a manga book
Eileen Ybarra, March 14, 2022

There are many ways of enjoying great stories and beautiful, engaging artwork—one of these ways is through reading graphic novels and comics. Both express a story with art—but while comics tend to extend the story over a series of issues, graphic novels tell an engaging story in a single book.


Image of George Takei
Monica Valencia, May 01, 2020

George Takei is famous for his role as Mr. Sulu in Star Trek and for being a social media superstar, with over 2.9 million Twitter followers. He is also a national leader in social justice, human rights and marriage equality.


Author Jerry Craft and his book New Kid
Tina Lerno, February 11, 2020

I love comics and graphic novels and have been reading them since, well, forever. So it just warms my little librarian heart to see so many graphic titles announced at this year's YMAs (Youth Media Awards), or as some of us refer to them, the Librarian Oscars.


comic panel of comic librarians
Vince Zalkind, September 12, 2019

“Let’s have a campaign…every child should obtain a library card and use it”.


3 graphic novel book covers
Vince Zalkind, August 20, 2019

It’s back-to-school time! Time to sharpen up your pencils, meet your new teachers, and grab your list of classics to read for homework. Time to put away those comic books and graphic novels in favor of “serious” literature, right? Wrong!


comic book characters riding on top of a bus
Vince Zalkind, July 17, 2019

July is one of the biggest months for comic books and pop culture, mostly due to San Diego International Comic-Con which celebrates hundreds of creators from film, TV, comics, and more.


collage of 5 graphic memoirs
Vince Zalkind, June 11, 2019

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots. Unfortunately, there is much of gay history that has been forgotten because queer authors and artists weren’t offered publishing opportunities.


Captain America punching hilter
Vince Zalkind, May 07, 2019

Growing up, I loved comics, but it wasn’t until I discovered the graphic novel Maus by Art Spieglman, that I saw my culture and family heritage as a Jewish American in the pages of a comic.


Comics creators at the North Hollywood library
Vince Zalkind, March 26, 2019

Each year the Young Adult Library Services Association, or YALSA, creates an annotated list of recommended graphic novels appropriate for teen readers. This list is created annually by a mix of both school and public librarians who have backgrounds in graphic novel collection development.


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