ESPL now has expanded graphic novel collections! Thanks to a generous donation by Pam Holley, the library recently purchased 150 new children’s, young adult (YA), and adult titles and gave them their very own locations, making them easier to browse. The adult and YA graphic novels are now located next to the YA fiction books, and children’s graphic novels are on the tall center stacks, next to audiovisuals.
Graphic novels are an increasingly popular “genre” that can be fiction or nonfiction and are appreciated for their artwork. The Internet Public Library aptly describes them: “Graphic novels are, simply defined, book-length comics. Sometimes they tell a single, continuous narrative from first page to last; sometimes they are collections of shorter stories or individual comic strips. Comics are sequential visual art, usually with text, that are often told in a series of rectangular panels. Despite the name, not all comics are funny. Many comics and graphic novels emphasize drama, adventure, character development, striking visuals, politics, or romance over laugh-out-loud comedy.”
You may be familiar with Spiderman and The Incredible Hulk in graphic novels, but classic literature and history can come in graphic novel forms. Teachers like to use them for reluctant readers as they have visual appeal which aides in reading comprehension.
The library greatly appreciates this generous donation that jump starts this collection. A retired librarian and past board member, Mrs. Holley often provides new ideas to staff, pushing us to think outside of the box and look at more innovative ways to provide library services. Thank you, Pam!