On the 10th of December, marking this year’s Library Day, a comics and graphic novels collection was launched in the Central Public Library here in Malta.

Graphic Novels Library Malta (GNLM) together with the support of the Central Public Library delivered their promise to get libraries to include comics into their collection. GNLM created a list of graphic novels, which was then passed on to Ms Cheryl Falzon, the librarian at the Central Public Library. Throughout the summer period, the list was then discussed and it was agreed that a small number of comics would be bought to start off with and shelved in the Junior’s Library section, if they prove to be successful and popular, the collection will then be further developed.

Among the titles that are available for the public to borrow, one can find stories about Superman, Batman, Spiderman, X-Men, and many more. The collection also has a couple of first volumes on some manage titles.

The aim of this project is to encourage children to read, especially targeting reluctant readers and offering them an alternative to the novel. Both GNLM and the Central Public Library hope to start a chain reaction, which will encourage children to read in general.

Comics have been proven to aid in the acquisition of various literacy skills. They are also an entertaining medium with stories that children can relate to or are already familiar with, making the reading process less tedious.

For more information about comics and literacy or about the Comics and Graphic Novels Collection at the Central public library, visit GNLM’s Facebook page or send an email at gnlmalta@gmail.com.

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