Welcome to the second issue of our bi-monthly Library Resources Newsletter!
Before we get started... We're having a contest! We'd love to see your very best book displays, featuring Image Comics! Get fun! Get creative! Get weird! We will be awarding the three best displays with deluxe editions of some of our hottest titles and bonus swag!
1st Place - ODY-C Book One Deluxe Hardcover Edition, 1 tote bag, 1 window cling
2nd Place - The Fade Out Deluxe Hardcover Edition, 1 window cling
3rd Place - Outcast Book One Deluxe Hardcover Edition
In this issue we're bringing you news, reviews, and a more in-depth Series Spotlight with expanded discussion questions and suggested reading. We're also kicking off our Library Spotlight by highlighting a branch that wrote in to us all the way from Finland! We're so excited to see graphic novels bringing joy to people all over the globe and we look forward to receiving more photographs and programming tales from your library.
Remember, you can offer feedback, request digital and physical review copies, programming advice and assistance, materials donations, and information on potential creator visits to your branch—all via email at the address listed below:
Can you name all of the literary references in this book?
Why do you think the author chose to begin this book on a Thursday and end it on a Wednesday?
In the first story, the father has gouged out his own eyes in a symbolic gesture to escape/avoid being overwhelmed by a terrible weight of knowledge. “Information overload” is a real concern in our modern-day society, and many theories exist as to how the individual can combat it. The story seems to suggest, however, that cutting oneself off completely is not only injurious but ultimately futile...
Do you agree/disagree?
Defend your position!
How do you “disconnect?”
What are some healthy and effective strategies to prevent over-stimulation?
In Saturday’s story, the protagonist, Marigold, makes vocabulary lists when she is feeling nervous or out of sorts. This helps her center herself (usually).
What are some ways that you “center” yourself when you’re nervous/anxious/etc?
Can you think of any other coping mechanisms like this from other stories? You can cite characters from books, comics, and/or film.
In Sunday’s story, the Librarian implies that he is both a creation and a prisoner of the books in the library. If we interpret this to mean that man is shaped and limited by vocabulary, can the Librarian ever truly effect an escape from the bounds of his narrative?
In the last story, the Author talks to the Librarian about the need to be perceived as smart, skilled, and above average. He states that part of his purpose in creating the world that the Librarian lives in is to make him seem so.
Do you think this segment of the story is purely autobiographical or might it be another literary device?
Explain your position.
Have you ever done anything not just for the joy of doing it but to change people’s opinions of you?
Does motive shape act or do the two exist outside of each other?
Seating clustered around one to two tables depending on number of attendees
Podium for reading (optional)
Table for refreshments (optional)
AGE RANGE: Young Adult to Adult
TIME FRAME: Single or Double Session (30min-1hr each)
SUMMARY: This program is suitable for a range of skill levels, from beginner to advanced. The inspiration comes from One Week in the Library, which features a character who makes vocabulary lists when she is feeling nervous or out of sorts. The aim is to have your attendees construct similar lists and then use them as prompts for a short story assignment. If you plan to have your group meet only once, remember that time limits will have to be set according to attendance in order to leave enough time for the group reading portion.
Have your patrons construct a lexicon without preparing or brainstorming about topics ahead of time. This is meant to be as spontaneous as possible!
What, if any, themes have emerged from the vocabulary lists? Have your patrons examine their own and each other's lists and offer critical feedback.
Do the themes revealed in the lists (if any) suggest possible genres they can build their stories around?
Once they have built their vocabulary list, patrons must use every word in their list to construct a three-paragraph short story, either during your program or, if you plan on splitting the event into two sessions, between meetings.
Once the stories are complete, have your patrons take turns reading to the group and discussing their work.
Consider making this event more challenging by having participants exchange their vocabulary lists with one another, prior to writing their stories!
"TAMPERE KUPLII" (TAMPERE BUBBLES) -
SUBMITTED BY SIINA VIERI
Image Comics is excited to present this submission from Siina Vieri.
"I'm a Director of Library Services in Loppi, Finland and I'm also a comics presenter, who travels around Finland presenting comics in libraries, schools and events. I'm one of the few comics presenters and I've been a comics geek for 26 years now and I'm just 30! Luckily my hobby became my job too, heh.
On March 19th 2016 I was asked to present comics in Tampere kuplii ("Tampere bubbles", Tampere is the name of the city) comics convention held in Tampere-talo (Finland)... I used to work in Tampere libraries and I cooperated with the main library, so they brought all the titles I presented and they had, so people had the opportunity to get them after the presentation. It was awesome that so many people came and were interested."
Thanks Siina, we look forward to hearing more from you in the future and doing all we can to help make your presentations a success!
*Don't forget to submit your own programming stories and photographs for a chance to be featured in upcoming segments by emailing us at email@example.com
SUMMARY: For the young mouse Karic, the Mice Templar are merely an exciting legend. They were real, though, and a vicious civil war left them scattered and all mouse culture in the grip of brutal rat masters. When Karic's family is enslaved, he realizes their only hope of freedom lies in his paws, if he can only find the courage and strength to become one of the legendary Templar himself.
Drawing session: A great deal of the beauty of this story comes from intricate world-building. Have your patrons design their own world in the form of a map-making session! Once they are finished, maps can be presented and discussed in detail.
Writing workshop: Have your patrons write a story about a time in their own lives when they acted heroically. Encourage them to write about these events in a way that mythologizes their experience, so that finished stories read more like fantasy than reality. Take turns reading and discussing.
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