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Claire browses through issues at Mentor Public Library's Comics Club

Claire browses through issues at Mentor Public Library’s Comics Club

Is your kid batty for Batman? Wowzers for Wonder Woman?

Not just superheroes either. Do they love Pokemon or Yu-gi-oh! manga? Amelia Rules? BoneSmileEl Deafo?

If your kid likes comics—any kind of comics—they’ll probably love our Comics Club.

Our Comics Club is for any 8- through 12-year-old who likes to read, talk about or draw sequential art.

At a typical meeting, the kids talk about a special theme. For example, we’ve practiced drawing live models and learned storytelling from comics professionals.

At our last meeting, we introduced the kids to graphic novels and comics that can be found in the library’s collection. We close out each meeting with free time for the kids to draw and read.

We meet from 7 to 8 p.m. on the first Tuesday of every month at our Main Branch. Our next meeting is April 5.

Kids can sign up for our Comics Club online or by calling Mentor Public Library at 440-255-8811 ext. 221.

Abby draws a one-page story during our Comics Club meeting.

Abby draws a one-page story during our Comics Club meeting.

By the way, if your kid loves comics, then you might want to check out Hoopla—one of our digital services that lets you read comics on your phone, table, or computer.

It has a bunch of fun comics for kids—including Peanuts, Adventure Time, Fraggle Rock, Garfield, Ghostbusters and more—that they can borrow any time and anywhere for free. There’s some cool graphic novels available for adults too.

Hoopla lets you do a whole lot of other stuff too, including stream video and music and listen to audiobooks, as well. You can check out up to 12 items a month, and it’s all free with your Mentor Public Library card.

If you want to check out the comics on Hoopla but aren’t sure how to use it, you can watch this video tutorial that one of our librarians made.

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