Quiz: What Graphic Novel Should You Try Next?

May 7th, 2018

The graphic novel format may seem intimidating or strange, but it’s actually a very engaging and fun way to read a story! Some narratives are more easily told with pictures so you can truly understand the author’s concepts. Find out what graphic novel you should try with our quick quiz:

What did you used to love reading as a child?
1. Goosebumps or anything else that was a bit scary
2. Nancy Drew, or other mysteries
3. Historical fiction, like the Dear America series

How would you most like to be described?
1. A good friend
2. Curious
3. Determined

Which decade interests you most?
1. 1960s
2. 1990s
3. 1970s

Pick some colors.
1. Blue, purple
2. Black, white
3. Orange, red

If you got mostly A’s, you may enjoy…

My Favorite Thing is MonstersMy Favorite Thing is Monsters by Emil Ferris.

Drawn as the journal of ten-year-old Karen Reyes growing up in 1960s Chicago, this graphic novel is exquisite and unlike anything you’ve ever read. Inspired by B-horror movies, Karen is inspired to look into the death of her holocaust survivor neighbor, Anka. “Monsters” is an extraordinary mix of class, gender, and history. Part 2 will be released in late 2018!

Another book you may enjoy: Maus by Art Spiegelman

If you got mostly B’s, you may enjoy…

The Case of the Missing MenThe Case of the Missing Men (Hobtown Mystery series) by Kris Bertin

This is the first book in an ongoing series set in a small East Coast town, which follows a group of teenagers dedicated to solving mysteries in their spare time. Eerie and dark, it’s a combination of Nancy Drew and David Lynch’s Twin Peaks.

Another book you may enjoy: Meddling Kids by Edgar Cantero

If you got mostly C’s, you may enjoy…

The Best We Could DoThe Best We Could Do: An Illustrated Memoir by Thi Bhu

Bhu’s memoir is about her family’s escape out of South Vietnam after the fall of Saigon in the 1970s. It’s a glimpse into the life of a refugee, as well as a depiction of the universal story of family and what it means to be a parent.

Another book you may enjoy: The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen

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Digital Graphic Novels Now Available

May 8th, 2017

Having a library card is magic. The benefits of a properly used library card cannot be overstated. Once upon a time a library card got you only books. That couldn’t be further from the truth today. Your modern CCPL card grants you access to resources, online courses, services, information and entertainment.

You now have access to hundreds and hundreds of digital graphic novels with Hoopla our digital streaming and downloading service which also includes thousands of music albums, movies, audiobooks and television shows. These aren’t just duplicates of what we already have in our print collection, they are in addition to our existing collection. Plus, the same week graphic novels hit the shelves in stores; you can have it at your fingertips on your tablet or home PC. And there are no holds or wait lists. None. Ever.

Graphic novels are a different format for storytelling and the Hoopla collection is comprised of a wide variety of titles, for all ages that contain genres and categories including fiction, non-fiction and biographies. Graphic novels tell stories that deal with social issues, history, current events, folklore, mythology and pop culture.

Did you know that the combination of artwork and text can appeal to reluctant readers as the visuals often help supply context clues as well as holding the readers interest? It also promotes the development of critical thinking, visual literacy, comprehension and interpretation skills.

The ebooks and graphic novel selection on Hoopla also includes children’s picture books, Marvel, DC, and Disney materials. You can limit the service to operate using wi-fi only to avoid data charges, and if you have kids who love Dora and Sesame Street, age-appropriate books can be easily located by using the “kid safe search” found in settings.

Once you’ve logged on, click a genre that interests you, read a synopsis or two, and press borrow. That’s it. Instant reading. Borrow up to eight items a month with Hoopla. And for the graphic novels, there’s a unique feature called “action view” which allows you to go in and out of full screen of a single frame with a simple click or tap on the panel.

Intrigued but not sure how to get started? Our staff is happy to talk you through the steps and show you how to use Hoopla as well as any of our other digital services.

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