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Superheroes Weekend at the Strong

Sunday, March 12th, 2017

 

On March 25th and 26th, the Strong National Museum of Play in Rochester will host an exciting family event featuring Marvel superheroes Spider-Man (on Saturday) and Captain America (on Sunday). Tickets to take a photo with these heroes are free while supplies last. Guests can also look forward to appearances by PBS Kids’ Super Why! and Woofster, an environmental lesson from Larry the H2O Hero, and panels by professional comics creators. For more information, please visit museumofplay.org

Teen Tech Week Reads

Wednesday, March 8th, 2017

by Laura Scott

 

March 5-11 is Teen Tech Week, brought to you by the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA). You can celebrate this nationwide event by checking out these five tech-related graphic novels:

 

1. The Imitation Game: Alan Turing Decoded by Jim Ottaviani

Alan Turing was a brilliant mathematician and World War II code-breaker whose computational theories led to the development of the modern-day computer. However, his life as a gay man in 1950s England was far from easy. Jim Ottaviani’s graphic biography presents the historically accurate details of Turing’s career and personal life.

2. In Real Life by Cory Doctorow

Anda is a female online gamer who tries to stop gold farmers from exploiting her favorite MMORPG. But when she starts to communicate with a young Chinese gold farmer named Raymond, she gains a new perspective on the world.

3. Pluto by Naoki Urasawa

Naoki Urasawa’s Pluto re-imagines the classic robot manga Astro Boy as a high-tech thriller. Can Detective Gesicht uncover the truth behind a string of robotic murders before it’s too late?

4. Steve Jobs: Insanely Great by Jessie Hartland

In this graphic biography, Jessie Hartland explores the illustrious career of Steve Jobs, from its humble beginnings to his rise to power as Apple’s CEO. Through his life, readers can witness the evolution of the home computers and other forms of consumer technology.

5. The Thrilling Adventures of Lovelace and Babbage by Sydney Padua

During the nineteenth century, Charles Babbage and Ada Lovelace shared plans for a calculating machine the likes of which the world had never seen. This graphic novel offers readers a humorous alternate history in which Lovelace and Babbage actually succeed in building their machine: the world’s very first computer.

 

To find out more about Teen Tech Week activities near you, please check with your local library or visit the Teen Tech Week website at teentechweek.ning.com

Laura Scott is an adult and teen Outreach Librarian at the Buffalo & Erie County Public Library.

Manga Club: Dragon Mobiles

Friday, February 24th, 2017

On Saturday, March 11th, the Central Library’s Teen Manga Club will be making paper dragon mobiles (based on the character from the Hayao Miyazaki’s Spirited Away) and watching club-requested anime episodes.

This free public event is open to anyone between the ages of 13 and 17. To register ahead of time, please text @teenmanga to 8101 (registration is not required).

Manga Club: Pom-Pom Manga Characters

Thursday, February 2nd, 2017

On Saturday, February 11th, the Central Library’s Teen Manga Club will show attendees how to make pom-pom versions of their favorite anime and manga characters!

This free public event is open to anyone between the ages of 13 and 17. To register ahead of time, please text @teenmanga to 8101 (registration is not required).

The World of Webcomics

Friday, January 27th, 2017

 by Laura Scott

If you are a comic book fan but you aren’t familiar with webcomics, you may be missing out on some great reads!

Webcomics are comic strips or pages that have been published online. They are usually produced independently, by either a single person or a small team. Both professional and amateur creators of every age have contributed to this vibrant medium.

I recommend that webcomic newcomers start off by reading one of the outstanding series listed below:

1. The Adventures of Dr. McNinja (Grade 9+) by Christopher Hastings: www.drmcninja.com

This satirical take on superheroes follows a medically-trained ninja as he tries to fight evil and cure all manner of unusual maladies.  The series ended recently on January 19th, but it is still available to read online for free. 

2. Atomic Robo (Grade 5+) by Brian Clevinger: www.atomic-robo.com

The story of Atomic Robo takes place in an action-heavy, retro-styled science fiction setting. The series’ protagonist is a wise-cracking robot who recounts the dangers he has faced throughout his exceptionally long life. 

3. Digger (Grade 9+) by Ursula Vernon: www.diggercomic.com

This completed Hugo award-winning comic about a levelheaded wombat draws upon several global folktale traditions to weave a complex fantasy world. 

4. Gunnerkrigg Court by Tom Siddell (Grade 7+): www.gunnerkrigg.com

Once recommended by author Neil Gaiman, this fantasy tale takes place in a technological advanced boarding school and the magical forest that grows along its borders. Fans of the Harry Potter series may enjoy this comic’s young protagonist, Antimony, and the colorful assortment of classmates, teachers, and creatures she meets on her adventures. 

5. xkcd by Randall Monroe (Grade 10+): www.xkcd.com

This humorous series of strips is one of the most popular comics on the web and addresses a wide variety of scientific, mathematic, and other “geeky” topics. 

Additional webcomic recommendations for children and teens can be found here on the Library School Journal’s website. The parents of minors should take caution when allowing their child to read comics on social media and other online platforms, since many of these do not reliably screen out age-inappropriate content.

Laura Scott is an adult and teen Outreach Librarian at the Buffalo & Erie County Public Library.