The Credible Hulk
“Always cites his sources.”
And Batman returns his library books!
We are the heart of Darien and provide experiences that people love and remember.
Ask a Librarian.
Good advice from the most interesting man in the world. Stay thirsty for books, my friend.
My dad really likes libraries (like he’s actually obsessed) so whenever we go on vacation he has to pose with the town’s library. These are just a few of the hundreds we’ve visited on family trips
When I get married someday, I’m going to make my husband take pictures of me flexing in front of every library we see on vacation.
I hope these pics will find their way into a tumblr photo set!
I want this Dad! I also love visiting libraries in different cities!
Cool dad alert!
HAVING FUN ISN’T HARD WHEN YOU’VE GOT A LIBRARY CARD.
After creepin thru Kyle’s archives from a year ago I found this so I could share that I TOO NOW HAVE A LIBRARY CARD
it’s upside down and I DON’T CARE ENOUGH TO FIX IT
this lady tho
Let’s say we make this a meme.
When we moved into our new building in 2009, we decided to migrate our community bulletin board to its own dedicated place on our website and supplement it with digital panels in our Main Street area.
Unfortunately, our community never really took to it. Turns out, our patrons want a good old fashioned cork board where they can peruse goings on about town.
When I formed our Senior Advisory Board this past winter, a community bulletin board was one of the very first things they asked about. Admittedly, I hemmed and hawed a bit just because these things are a lot of work to maintain and I was afraid it would put a lot of strain on our front line staff. But my seniors persisted. They did not let me forget. And eventually my light bulb moment came.
This is not my library. This is their library. If they want something, then by golly they shall have it! So here is our Community Bulletin Board! I am going to have a miniature ribbon-cutting ceremony for it at our next SAB meeting on June 5.
This week Erin and I led a open book discussion about Stitches by David Small, the first time a graphic novel was chosen for one of these public discussions, and we weren’t sure who to expect. To our surprise, it was primarily attended by some of our regular seniors, who LOVED the book. We had a fantastic discussion and I was really struck by their passion for the book, and how they talked about it, and also how they talked about how they were recommending it to other people.
And now converting seniors into graphic novel readers is one of my professional goals, so I have started working on a list of recommendations specifically for their interests, based on my extrapolations from our book group discussion. The standard best graphic novels for new readers list is not going to work here. Some of my takeaways from that discussion:
- They loved that it was a memoir and had no idea that comics like this existed. (See, we all mock the “comix aren’t for kidz anymore” trend pieces, but they exist for a reason.) So I’m looking for GNs that are non-fiction, memoir, or more serious fiction. Mature content is something to be aware of, but seniors are generally tougher readers than people give them credit for. (They’ve seen it all.)
- There were multiple comments about how the book wouldn’t have worked as a text-only work. This feeling was pretty important to them. It’s hard to define this in a GN, but you know when you see it. For practical purposes, I’ve started by looking at works with the same writer and artist, because those tend to have a more holistic feel.
- They loved the sequences without words. It was fascinating to hear that reading experience described by someone new to graphic novels.
- The size of the lettering is important. When I recommended readalikes and suggested Persepolis, one woman commented that she had tried it, but the lettering was too hard for her to read. She had glasses on and used a magnifier, but magnifiers aren’t designed for comics, so it just ended up being annoying.
Using those thoughts, here’s a preliminary list of recommendations:
- The Name of the Game by Will Eisner. Really, anything by Eisner would work, but I think the family sagas in this one make it particularly apt.
- Asterios Polyp by David Mazzucchelli. A great favorite of mine and as interesting for its art as its story, which adds to the appeal for new readers. Also, I’ve been thinking of it as a readalike to The Sense of An Ending by Julian Barnes, which is a hit with seniors.
- Maus by Art Spiegelman. Well, it wouldn’t be a list of graphic novels if I didn’t include Maus, right? But I include here because one of the attendees recommended it to the group, and when she described it, everyone seemed intrigued. So I add it despite the tiny lettering.
- Radioactive by Lauren Redniss. In addition to being a great biography, this book has an unusual layout that could be a good intro for readers still getting used to the form. Small lettering, but because it is in blocks similar to a text-only book page, it would be much easier to enlarge.
- Gemma Bovary by Posy Simmonds. The plot of this book is very similar to many British novels that are popular with seniors, but Simmonds uses visual details to flesh it out in a way that couldn’t be done in a text-only book. Plus it has the literary cred of Madame Bovary backing it up.
So that is what I have for now. I want to keep building it. What would you add?
Dear Christopher Meloni: Did you know that a Connecticut public library card can be cross-registered at any other public library in CT? That’s right. So now that you live in New Canaan, feel free to visit us at the Darien Library any old time. We’ll open the building early if you want.