Tuesday, March 21, 2006


"Everything You Need to Know about Graphic Novels" (but were afraid to ask?)

From Panels to Panel: A Workshop on Graphic Novels
May 19, 2006, 12:45 to 5:00 pm.
At the Albany Public Library (Main), Albany, NY

Graphic novels? If you are scratching your head about them, then you need to come find out what all the fuss is about. Graphic novels are one of the hottest topics in libraries today, and not just in the YA room. Professionals, library school students, and support staff who are interested in learning more about graphic novels are invited to join us for this exciting program sponsored by Albany Public Library.

The panel discussion "Everything You Need to Know about Graphic Novels" will feature:

Todd DeZago, writer of Sensational Spider-Man, X-Factor, and Wolverine for Marvel Comics; and Impulse and JLA: World Without Grown-ups for DC Comics, and others;

Jennifer Feigelman, Teen Services Librarian at the Goshen Public Library and Historical Society and member of the new YALSA Great Graphic Novels for Teens Committee;

Daniel Gray, a librarian who specializes in graphic novels and popular culture materials and has taught comic and graphic novel related art classes;

Amy Maurer, Head of Readers' Services at Albany Public Library's Main Library and the developer of the library's first graphic novel collection for adults.

Scott Jarzombek, Branch Librarian, Albany Public Library, specializes in youth services and crossover graphic novels.

Breakout sessions led by our panelists will follow the discussion. Topics include publishing and selling graphic novels; reviewing, evaluating, and selecting graphic novels for your library; and Japanese culture, anime, and manga.

Workshop Registration Fees: Professionals, $15, Students (with proof of enrollment), FREE

Registration forms and agendas are available at http://www.albanypubliclibrary.org/ or contact Amy Maurer, Head of Readers' Services at maurera@uhls.lib.ny.us or 518-427-4349. Registration forms must be received by Friday, May 12, 2006.

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