Tuesday, March 1, 2011


03.01.11, originally uploaded by colemama.

It is always fun to catch a group of students enjoying their books in the media center! Our campus library serves students as young as toddlers (due to the Early Childhood center) and as old as, well, adults of every age in our adult education and postsecondary technical programs. High school students are an obvious core and this seating close to the graphic novels gets a fair amount of usage!

The popularity and acceptance of graphic novels has grown over the years. This semester, there is a great group of readers who continually make suggestions for expanding the collection...and I try very hard to oblige them. The use of pictures and diagrams is a natural in our visually literate world. The graphic novel taps into those non-text visuals, as well as the traditional plot, sequence, and characters. In addition, the graphic novel requires an "active participation in the text that is quite different from reading prose: the reader must make the connections between the images and the text and create the links between each panel and the page as a whole." (Brenner, 2006) Sounds a lot like the valuable learning we desire...Lorenzo Walker campus, Naples, FL


  1. When reading any text (visual, words, sound) we bring ourselves to it to help us understand and interpret it. Connections to ourselves, to our experiences and our previous reading experiences.

  2. I definitely agree with Susan. This is a great picture. Seeing a young student enjoy reading is beautiful site.