Libraries and Comics might not seem like traditional community outreach partners - but that is changing and in a big way

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For more than 5 years in New York, San Diego, Chicago (and other cities) library workers and comic conventions have been partnering together to offer professional development sessions around comics and Graphic Novels, and - increasingly - library ‘pop up’ booths for public community outreach at comic events.

Following this increasing interest, in June 2018 the American Library Association approved the creation of its newest professional division - the Graphic Novels & Comics Round Table (GNCRT). Under this new banner library workers will be able to better collaborate and connect with other like minded professionals involved in comics work. During New York Comic Con (Oct 4-7), the GNCRT will be working on two large public and professional outreach initiatives: 

(1) On Thursday Oct 4th, the ALA, the New York Public Library, and ReedPop (New York ComicCon) will offer for a second year in a row NYCC @ NYPL - a dedicated one day professional development event for librarians and educators hosted at the New York Public Library’s historic central library. With more than 30 sessions of professional development targeted and designed specifically for library workers and educators, the day’s festivities will kick off with a Keynote from Eisner Award winning Monstress author Marjorie Liu. Full listing:

(2) Following successful Pop-Up Library initiatives at C2E2 (Chicago Comic Expo) and Emerald City Comic Con, the GNCRT will be offering for the first time ever at NYCC a collaborative Pop-Up Library staffed by library volunteers from more than 10+ NYC area libraries - and library volunteers from all over North America. This collaborative library venture is keenly focused on public outreach and advocacy - demonstrating truly what a 21st century library looks like. Offering storytime, readers advisory, author reading and artist live draws - and even a browsing collection of comics for weary con goers to stop and read - the Pop-Up demonstrates the collaborative work of libraries in a visible way. NYCC is expecting crowds of 250,000+ and what better way to demonstrate to the public that the library is an ever changing community led organization than meeting the public where they are - and this weekend in NYC that will be NYCC. GNCRT Collaborative Pop-Up Library:

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