Going Graphic! The Pratt Library Receives Graphic Novel Gift

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By Roswell Encina

The Enoch Pratt Free Library received a generous gift from the Small Book Expo on Tuesday: $5,000 worth of graphic novels for all ages. This wonderful gift includes 240 books compromising of 40 graphic novel titles.

SPX Donation PhotoThe Pratt Library is this year's recipient of the Small Book Expo's 2012 Graphic Novel Gift. The goal of SPX’s Graphic Novel Gift Program is to expand the reach of graphic novels to readers of all ages who utilize public libraries and school libraries. The program also wants to promote learning and literacy through the availability of graphic novels and provide library systems with additional resources. 

"We are so honored and delighted that Small Press Expo has chosen the Pratt Library as this year’s recipient of their Graphic Novel Gift," said Carla D. Hayden, Chief Executive Officer of the Enoch Pratt Free Library. "It’s important to emphasize that reading is fun. Sometimes students get so busy they forget that there’s more to reading than just school texts."

"In these days of challenges to the acquisition budgets of all library systems, Small Press Expo is proud to help the Enoch Pratt Free Library put more graphic novels on its shelves," said Warren Bernard, Executive Director of the Small Press Expo. "The gift of 240 books comprising over 40 titles was chosen by the library’s Collections Management Department. It is hoped that this new selection of books will be widely read throughout Baltimore and bring pleasure to those who utilize the great resources that the Pratt library brings to the city. On behalf of Small Press Expo, we are glad to help the Pratt Library and the people of Baltimore get access to these fine examples of the graphic novel medium."

Graphic Novel frameThe Pratt Library currently carries countless graphic novels and comics in the Humanities Department of the Central Library and a manga collection at all Pratt locations. They are definitely among the hottest items to check out for both adults and teens.

The Small Book Expo will be held September 15 and 16 at the Bethesda North Marriott Hotel & Conference Center. It is open to the public. For more information www.spxpo.com.

The new collection is currently being cataloged, but will be available soon. Here are just a few of the first-rate titles in the donation:

  • Burma, Jerusalem, and Pyongyang by bestselling Canadian graphic novelist Guy Delisle
  • A Drifting Life and Goodbye by award-winning Japanese manga artist Yoshihiro Tatsumi
  • Clumsy, Undeleted Scenes, and AEIOU or Any Easy Intimacy by American cartoonist Jeffrey Brown

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