Some regular readers may know that my not-so mild mannered alter ego, when I’m not writing for WhatchaReading, is a children’s librarian. While that means that yes, I will shush you if you’re getting loud in my library, it also means that I am on the front lines of getting graphic novels into kids’ hands.
Libraries are a great place to get up to speed on comics and graphic novels, by the way. Make friends with your local librarian, and once she-or he-gets to know your tastes, you may find a book you never knew you needed in your life, just waiting for you. We do that sort of thing.
Another thing we do is encourage fandom. We love them, and we will gladly give you a place to gather and celebrate your fandom. Right now, I’m putting together anime and manga clubs for my library’s younger patrons and my teens, because I want to encourage these kids to explore new things, and hopefully, get them turned on to the wonder of fandom.
From time to time, I review all-ages stuff here, and I always do it with an eye to my own library collection. If I’d buy it for my library’s kids, it’s good for your kids. Promise.
The next time you’re in your local library, say hi to your librarian. Let him or her know who you are, what you like to read, watch, and surf. If you have kids, check out the graphic novel collection, and ask for stuff you don’t see on the shelves.
And if the librarian is wearing a comic book T-shirt under her cardigan, with Harley Quinn Converse high tops, I promise I’ll say hi back.