5 reasons graphic novels are the next big thing at your library
Itâ€™s a trend that has taken most libraries by surprise: the graphic novel has become one of the fastest growing genres at libraries of all kinds, according to a new report by Publishers Weekly.
In fact, according to librarians surveyed for the article, â€śgraphic novels are among the most circulated categories, right up there with teen paranormal romance and DVDs.â€ť
For a genre that was once considered the junk food of literature, graphic novels have accomplished quite a feat to become so popular so fast.
â€śItâ€™s pretty amazing to have libraries on our side,â€ť graphic novel publisher Mark Siegel, creator of the graphic novel â€śSailor Twain,â€ť told PW.
Here are five reasons graphic novels are now â€śthe hottest section in the library.â€ť
1. Children and teens
The children and teen audience at libraries is growing and so is their demand for graphic novels, one libraries have rushed to meet. Robin Brenner, a teen librarian at Brookline Library in Massachusetts, ran an informal study that found almost 87 percent of libraries surveyed had childrenâ€™s graphic novel collections and about 83 percent had young adult graphic novel collections.
By contrast, only 64 percent had adult graphic novel collections, illustrating the genreâ€™s popularity with children and teens â€“ a popularity that fueled their growth in libraries.
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