Pop Goes the Library

Using Pop Culture to Make Libraries Better.

by Sophie Brookover, Liz Burns, Melissa Rabey, Susan Quinn, John Klima, Carlie Webber, Karen Corday, and Eli Neiburger. We're librarians. We're pop culture mavens. We're Pop Culture Librarians.


NY Comic Con Talk Follow-Up

This afternoon, I had the pleasure of speaking on a panel with Fuse #8's Betsy Bird & Matt Bird (her lovely & knowledgeable husband) on Graphic Novels: A New Literacy for Libraries, School, and Home. Betsy recorded the talk and I'll post a link here to the podcast when she makes it available for download.

I made 40 copies of my handout, and we ran out, which is both good & bad -- good to have 45 folks snapping up our materials, good that they thought enough of them to leave with them, rather than crumple them up into a ball, to be deposited on the floor. (Better still that we had so many attendees after our room assignment was changed!) Still, 40 handouts and 45 audience members meant that several of those delightful audience members went without. So, for them, and for those of you who couldn't attend but are interested in the materials we provided, here you go! Betsy is planning to post her handouts at Fuse #8; I'll link to the post once it goes live.

UPDATE: I vanquished my FTP issues and the link for my handout, above, now works. Huzzah! Thank you, alert reader Inkwell Bookstore, for noting the problem.

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NYC Comic Con Talk!

So, I lucked out, big-time, by being paired up with uber-blogger Betsy Bird and her husband, graphic novels expert Matt Bird for a workshop on graphic novels called Graphic Novels: A New Literacy for the Library, Classroom and Home.

Betsy's posted the program description at her blog, A Fuse #8 Production, which makes my life oh, so easy:

Elizabeth Bird, Sophie Brookover, Matt Bird

SUNDAY 2:45-3:45 ROOM 1A23

The explosive growth of graphic novels continues in the public library world and is now being felt in the classroom. Is it a legitimate reading format? What is it about these books that make them worthwhile reading? How can graphic novels help you meet your state’s core curriculum content standards? Graphic novels present a new opportunity to engage readers and these three talented presenters will show you why these books work for the teacher, the librarian and the parent.

Elizabeth Bird: is a children's librarian at New York Public Library's main children's room at the 42nd Street location. She has served on the Newbery committee, written for Horn Book, reviews for Kirkus, and currently publishes the blog A Fuse #8 Production on the School Library Journal website.

Sophie Brookover: is the Library Media Specialist at Eastern Regional Senior High School in Voorhees, NJ. She is an avid reader of graphic novels (forced to pick just one recent favorite, she offers two: Sidescrollers and Y: The Last Man), and is the co-author of Pop Goes the Library: Using Pop Culture to Connect With Your Whole Community (InfoToday, 2008).

Matt Bird: Matt Bird is a writer and lifelong comics enthusiast. He will receive an MFA from Columbia University in May. His new graphic novel project is The Gentleman with artist David Baldeon (Blue Beetle) and inker Steve Bird (Robin).

If you're going to be at NYCCC, please drop in! This is such an exciting time for graphic novels, particularly for those educators scooping GNs up in their warm, brilliant embrace.

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