Director's Message - Fall 2011

Posted: Thursday, September 1, 2011, 9:05 am

There's nothing like absolute boredom to make you appreciate having a good book to read.

In early July, I had my tonsils removed. When my doctor told me I would need to take off at least three weeks to recuperate, I was stunned. Three weeks? Really? Apparently, adults don't bounce back from this type of surgery as fast as children do.

Once home from the hospital, I could do little else but watch movies and read. More often than not, I chose reading.

While attending the recent American Library Association annual conference in New Orleans, I purchased a collection of graphic novels based on the Farscape television series (I am a huge science fiction fan). Reading them during my convalescence reminded me of being a kid, when I first discovered comic books and would get lost in both the stories and the artwork for hours at a time.

For those of you who aren't familiar with the genre, graphic novels are becoming an important part of the library's collection and are particularly popular with schoolage kids and young adults.

Worthington's own Jeff Smith is the creator of the Bone series, named one of the "Ten Greatest Graphic Novels of All Time" by Time magazine.

More than glorified comic books, graphic novels have intricate plots and well-developed characters. In addition, the genre is also credited with helping reluctant readers get excited about reading. Educators were the first to notice that kids who felt overwhelmed by reading page after page of traditional text could improve both their reading skills and confidence by switching to graphic novels.

If you're interested in checking them out, we have some amazing graphic novels available at Worthington Libraries. I asked Molly Meyers, children's lead librarian at Northwest Library and graphic novel expert, to name a few of her favorites. She selected The Elsewhere Chronicles by Bannister (ages 9-14), Jimmy Sniffles by Scott Nickle (ages 5-7), Leave it to Pet by Kenji Sonishi (ages 7-12) and Runaways by Brian K. Vaughan (teens), among many others.

Of course, the best way to introduce kids to a lifetime of reading is get them started at an early age.

September is National Library Card Signup Month. If your kids don't have a library card of their own, it's the perfect time to get them one. It's one of the most important school supplies they can have and, perhaps more importantly, it's the key to a whole world of imagination and discovery.

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