Chandler Library adds graphic novel discussion group

Arizonian News Staff

People who love comics, graphic novels and storytelling through sequential art can join other fans online through the new Graphic Novel Book Club presented by the Chandler Public Library.

This group will meet online on the third Wednesday of each month from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Participants will be sent login information upon registration through the events calendar at chandlerlibrary.org.

This month’s discussion focused on “Black,” by Kwanza Osajyefo. Copies of the book are available to put on hold through the library catalogue at chandler.polarislibrary.com/polaris/view.aspx?ISBN=9781628751864.

Graphic novels are a trending format as public awareness increases. They often include representation for BIPOC, LGBTQ+, and women within the comics community.

“They are a good medium to tell stories in a different format that might otherwise not get told, read or ‘listened to,’” a library spokesman said.

“Graphic novels are also a great way to boost learning and literacy for reluctant readers, those who struggle to read, or those who prefer to learn and read visually.

“The stories can give clues within the panels that help people understand the context of the plot and characters, as well as new words.”

Jami Thompson, a librarian at the Chandler Downtown Library, has experience with this genre from working with teens and she will share her expertise with the club members.

“We hope to create a book club that speaks to those in our community who might not think of themselves as ‘book club joiners,’ but who do have a lot to say about graphic novels and the culture surrounding them,” Thompson said.

The program is supported by the Arizona State Library, Archives, & Public Records, a division of the Arizona Secretary of State, with funds from the Federal Institute of Museums and Library Services.

To register for this book discussion group or other online programs currently offered by the Chandler Public Library, go to chandlerlibrary.org and click on the “Events” calendar, or call 480-782-2800.

COVID-19 precautions remain in place at all four Chandler Public Library locations. Face masks are required inside and capacity is reduced for social distancing; a registration process is in place for 45-minute sessions allotted for some services, such as computer access.

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