Who loves comics?
Librarians, that’s who. In honor of National Library Workers Day (which is today), let’s talk a little bit about just one of the many, many reasons why the folks that work in our libraries are so awesome. That reason is comics.
Librarians have long been staunch comics advocates because they understand that comics can be an important tool to promote literacy. They are largely responsible for getting comics into the hands of the people who want to read them (which is, like, mostly everybody) by putting them front and center in their libraries, at their tradeshows and in the media. (Fun fact: Librarians made award-winning graphic novelist Gene Luen Yang this year’s Honorary Chair of National Library Week. So, yeah, they totally get it.)
We here at GoComics and AMP Kids! want to give a shout out to libraries for getting comics collections like Phoebe and Her Unicorn and Big Nate, graphic novels like The Dreadful Fate of Jonathan York and Stinky Cecil, and illustrated novels like Desmond Pucket and G-Man into the hands of kids—and getting them reading.
Libraries are often underfunded, understaffed and under-supported. Fortunately for us, there are many passionate and dedicated people—paid and unpaid—that keep them operating. So the next time you’re at your public library or your kid’s school, take a moment to tell a library worker how awesome they truly are.
Check out AMP! Kids to find the above mentioned titles, lots of fun stuff for kids, resources for parents and educators, and much more.