March 31, 2020

Vol. 2: Lisa B’s Bighearted Blog

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Graphic novels are a great way to get kids reading!

These graphic novels are all available 24/7 on Hoopla with your library card. This subscription service offers 5 borrows a month!  Hoopla has added 1,000 more titles of ‘Bonus Borrows’ to their offerings in addition to your 5 monthly borrows.  Be sure look at the selections—there’s something for everyone in the family!  All you need to do is sign up for an account and you can start borrowing.

Lisa B just finished reading this year’s Newbery Award Winner.  While we’re all home doing schoolwork and remote work, it’s nice to have a quick read on the side.  Comics have become a vastly popular medium for readers of all ages.  Did you know the vocabulary in graphic novels is often more advanced than in prose novels?  And reading comics develops reading skills and visual literacy.

Need more convincing, check out what Jesse Karp says,

“[Comics] offer some solid advantages in reading education,” says Jesse Karp, early childhood and interdivisional librarian at the Little Red School House and Elisabeth Irwin High School in New York City. “They reinforce left-to-right sequence like nothing else. The images scaffold word/sentence comprehension and a deeper interpretation of the words and story. The relative speed and immediate enjoyment build great confidence in new readers.” (Teaching with Graphic Novels by Brigid Alverson in School Library Journal, 9/8/2014)

My favorite part of being a librarian is visiting with all of you, seeing all the books, sharing them with you, and making & discovering things with you.  Now, working remotely at home, I’m finding this to be very, very strange. 

BUT, while we are staying home to keep more people from getting sick, we can visit other ways: 

We will use zoom storytime and teen hangouts. Check our Event page for the times and links.

And, you can email me questions at 

Keep reading,

Lisa B.

Author: Corinne Chronopoulos
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