This is a poster Lyn designed for our Anime Club for teenagers that was started this school year. For those of you in the dark Anime (think Anna Mae) is the word to describe a style of Japanese produced animation for films and television. It is hugely popular here in the United States, especially with teens. Many of the films are based on books, most of which are written in comics form and called Manga. (think Mang-ga) So why am I explaining all this? Because serving teens in public libraries is a complex moving target and sometimes you have to latch on to something and go with the ride.
Lyn, Carol and I have had a full immersion in this Japanese phenomenon that arrived here in Manawa some years ago. Based on demand we have been slowly building a collection of Manga and teenagers have been reading it at a steady clip. The Anime was overwhelming to us however and we had no idea where to start until one day a teenager walked in and said to Lyn "we should have an Anime Club here at the Library, will you help me get one started?" Lyn being the dedicated person that she is said "of course". The Anime Club has seen a steady stream of teenagers come once or twice a month to watch some of their favorite cartoons and movies and enjoy each others company. There is also food of course - most of it provided by the members themselves or staff. (When we spring for pizza).Read more »