The theme for this year's Saskatchewan Library Week (October 18-25, 2010) is "Libraries=Possibilities". To help celebrate our favorite week of the year, here is a select list of library-themed graphic novels for you to check out. Enjoy!
Unshelved series by Gene Ambaum and Bill Barnes
Summary: A humourous look at what it is like for staff to work in and for those using the services and resources at Mallville Public Library. As the writers point out, "Some of the stories are made up, some of them are based on real life, and some are absolutely true stories sent to us from our readers. And the stranger the story, the more likely it is to be true."
Four Tall Tales: a Graphic History of Regina Public Library, featuring stories and illustrations by Allan Dotson, Dakota McFadzean, Jonah McFadzean and Raul Viceral
Summary: To help celebrate RPL's 100th anniversary in 2008, each writer created an original story based on one of the four iconic images used for on all our posters and banners. Blending trivia, history, biography, fantasy and even horror, the end result is a fascinating and very promising graphic novel that leaves you wanting more! Note: Click here to read a staff review of the novel.
Lunch Lady and the League of Librarians by Jarrett Krosoczka
Summary: Lunch Lady can sniff out something rotten like no one else—and there’s definitely something rotten going on in the library. The usually friendly librarians have become cold and secretive. Even Dee can’t seem to crack a smile out of them. What darkness may lurk in the hearts of librarians? Lunch Lady is on the case! And Hector, Terrence, and Dee are along for a wild ride! Note: Click here to read a staff review of the novel.
I, Librarian by James Turner
Summary: The astonishing story of the incomparable Rex Libris, Head Librarian at Middleton Public Library, and his unending struggle against the forces of ignorance and darkness. Rex travels to the farthest reaches of the galaxy in search of overdue books. Wearing his super thick bottle glasses, and armed with an arsenal of high technology weapons, he strikes fear into recalcitrant borrowers, and can take on virtually any foe from zombies to renegade literary characters. In this first collection of Librarian adventures, Rex must confront the powerful Space Warlord Vaglox and retrieve the overdue Principia Mathematica while an energy manifestation of blood thirsty Vandals attempt to burn down Middleton Library, and all within, to the ground.
Alia's Mission: Saving the Books of Iraq by Mark Alan Stamaty
Summary: It is 2003. As the war in Iraq grows closer, Alia Muhammad Baker, chief librarian of the Central Library in Basra, grows increasingly fearful that the irreplaceable treasures of her library are in grave danger. Her pleas to government officials go ignored, so Alia comes up with a plan of her own. With the help of her neighbours, Alia smuggles over 30,000 precious volumes to safety.
Jack of Fables series by Bill Willingham
Summary: A spin-off of Willinham's popular Fables series, this new series focuses on Jack Horner's adventures following his time in Hollywood where he is enjoying fame and fortune after a string of successful movies. However, Fables authorities move quickly quickly to strip him of his newly found success and to makes worst, these same authorities including a trio of gun-totting librarians, are out to silence Jack forever!