Super Librarian is coming!
Lots of comic shops are gearing up for May 5’s Free Comic Book Day, but NJ is doing them one better — the New Jersey State Library system is sponsoring Super Librarian Free Comic Book Day statewide on May 5.
NJSL and INFOLINK (the Eastern New Jersey Regional Library Cooperative) are working with youth service librarians to conduct a statewide public awareness campaign, which includes the release of the Super Librarian comic book on FCBD. (This teaser video celebrates super librarians in NJ and elsewhere.) Local libraries will also have teens plan events highlighting how their libraries are meeting the needs of young adults in their communities and distribute free copies of the comic in Spanish and English versions. FCBD will also kick off a YouTube comic contest, where teens can create a video or draw a comic about why they love their library, with one lucky entrant winning an mp3 player.
The librarians’ organization says, "We will be working with Diamond Comics to promote the entire event statewide and will be creating press pieces designed to give greater visibility to how our NJ libraries are meeting the needs of teens," and it looks as though this venture is already paying off. For instance, the Courier News reports on how the Comic Cafe store in Warren will be supplying free comic books for the Bernardsville Public Library to give away on FCBD. Let us know if you see any other local articles. As for us, we’ll probably be in Rockland County for FCBD, but no reason we can’t drive over the border and check out some comic stores — and libraries — there!