Davidson County Public Libraries Reach Reluctant Readers Through Year-Long Graphic Novel Program
Drew Meyer, a librarian at the Lexington Public Library, along with other library leaders across the Davidson County Public Library system worked together to promote the art of graphic novel literature through a "Believe in Reading" grant from the Steve and Loree Potash Family Foundation. The program kicks off with a book club meeting about Baba Yaga's Assitant on March 29th hosted by Wendy Beck and the North Davidson Public Library.
Naming the program "Super Reading Superheroes," the Davidson County Public Libraries hope to call on their communities to participate and engage with five unique stories of "heroes" in some form or fashion. Due to the visual element and diverse subject matter of graphic novels, Meyer believes readers will find themselves more invested in the literature as they will have a better ability to read about topics that appeal to them.
The Super Reading Superheroes program is a cross-county initiative that will take place throughout the year with book discussions scheduled around the five graphic novels chosen by the librarians for students in fourth through eighth grade. Each branch will have the books available on a rotating schedule to make sure copies are always available, and during each discussion, participants will be entered into a raffle for a chance to win the featured title.
The five books chosen for this year long program are Baba Yaga's Assistant, El Deafo, Tree Mail, Nimona, and Ghosts. Meyer and the other librarians hope this program will appeal to all children to develop a love for reading outside of the classroom.