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Claudia Palframan

Patrick Nazim
Students are encouraged to select one or two books of interest to them each library visit. Students are welcome during homeroom to visit the library and exchange books.

Graphic Novels are “Real” Books

5 months ago

Graphic Novels are
“Real” Books

Graphic novels are increasingly popular with both students and adults, and are very different from the comic books many of us have read and remember fondly.  Graphic novels are longer, have more complex story lines, and cover a wide range of genres, including both fiction and nonfiction.  Like a standard novel, a graphic novel tells a story in a sequential manner, using both text and images.  The text and images support each other and add to the complexity or richness of the story.  According to researchers, the reader is using more of his or her brain while combining both the text and images into a complete story. 

Graphic novels increase a reader's comprehension and interpretation of a story or topic.  They engage both reluctant readers and visual learners.  This is wonderful, as reading should be a pleasurable activity.  Students who read more develop increased background knowledge and vocabulary, which leads to greater ease in reading more complex texts.  
The American Library Association has an excellent list of suggestions:

At our library at DMMS, graphic novels are extremely popular and we cannot keep them on the shelves! 



Library Classes
Students come to the library every other week for classes and circulation. Students are encouraged to select reading materials based on their individual interests. Students will learn how to use the library’s print and on-line resources, how to evaluate resources, how to find and use accurate information, and more. Library and information literacy classes support the school’s curriculum and are often taught in collaboration with the classroom teachers.
We do accept book donations. Books should be current, clean and meet the library's book selection criteria. We are currently looking for :
Bone - all volumes
Halo - all volumes
Harry Potter - all volumes
Amulet - all volumes
Wimpy Kid - all volumes
Big Nate - all volumes

Any questions, please contact us at the library: or 413-594-1881, x1135