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Circulating Comics, Cultivating Community: Adult Programming Through Comics in the Public Library
Art Spiegelman writes, “it seems to me that comics have already shifted from being an icon of illiteracy to becoming one of the last bastions of literacy.” This panel takes up Spiegelman’s declaration that comics are one of the last bastions of literacy, expanding upon his thought to consider many forms of literacy including that of information literacy and emotional literacy and more. In particular, we will consider how comics offer opportunities for adults in a public setting, a need more necessary than ever. By bringing together academics, librarians, social workers, and a comic shop owner, the panelists will reflect on how public library programming can utilize comics to engage and educate a population already immersed in comics and offer them tools to think more actively about these texts. We will consider methods and practices for creating a space for adults who remain an underserved population that could benefit from sustained cultivation of literacy. Providing examples of innovative programming including lectures and workshops that offer alternative forms of critical engagement with comics for those that do not want to or cannot beyond just book clubs, we will consider how to think about the future of comics programming in the public library!

May 20, 2021 07:00 PM in Central Time (US and Canada)

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