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Presenting the debut of the CCEL Comics and Libraries Fair! Come and check out the awesome ways libraries have been utilizing the power of comics and pop culture to benefit and engage with their communities. Meet various library professionals who will share their work and experiences ranging from programming to collection development. The Fair will take place in-between panel presentations in the Shiley Suite on the 9th floor of the Central Library from 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm. They will also be available again for an encore session starting at 5:00 pm during the CCEL Mixer.
The Comics and Libraries Fair is free to attend but registration is required.

Fair Topics and Presenters

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Sketching Your Way To A Library Comics Festival
Library cons are all the rage, but if that’s too intimidating, consider a month-long comics festival! Peninsula Libraries Comic Arts Fest (PLCAF) celebrates the importance of comics, both as an art form and as valid literature, and enables aspiring artists and readers of all ages through author visits, workshops, a small press expo, and other comics-related programs. Members of the planning committee for PLCAF will explain how they brought diverse programs to multiple library jurisdictions, the challenges they faced, and how to create meaningful partnerships within the library and comics communities. Debbie Huey (Millbrae Library, San Mateo County Libraries), John Weaver (Menlo Park Library), Tiffany Bradford-Oldham (San Mateo County Libraries), Cynthia Rider (Burlingame Library), Jenna Varden, (Foster City Library, San Mateo County Libraries)

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No Budget, No Author, No Problem!
Everyone loves an author talk, but what if your budget’s low or your library wants you to promote digital literacy in your programming? We’ll show you creative and inexpensive programming options ranging from simple paper folding to make mini comic books to using digital editing tools to remix and combine your favorite comics. We’ve got ideas for you to use whether you are in the mood for passive programming or want to host more involved, hands-on workshops. Martin Pinol (South San Francisco Public Library) and Shawnte Santos (South San Francisco Public Library)

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Crafters, Librarians Assemble!
Do you have a flair for creativity? Do you believe that just like the Force, with its light side and dark side, that duct tape can bind everything in the Galaxy? Then join members and friends of the City of Commerce Public Library as they demo successful cost-effective crafts that you can add to your next comic book inspired event! This table offers creative activities no matter your allegiance or fandom. Each craft is designed for a specific age group, including young children, teens, and adults. Scott Gurrola, (Bandini Public Library), Meghan Robbins (Lancaster Public Library), Grasiela Rodriguez (Graphic Artist & Animator), Matt Tabizon (City of Commerce Public Library), Erik Jackiw (City of Commerce Public Library)

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Fandom At Your Library
Programs in libraries are exponentially more successful when they are connected to pop culture, from comics to movies to television to games to books. Everything from trivia nights to library-wide festivals and cons benefit from drawing on and engaging with fans and the media they adore. At this table, discover how to harness the power of fandom for your special events, track what’s popular to attract new audiences, and take away tips on best practices for making fannish activities a part of events large and small. We will have inspiration ideas, examples of crafts, and step by step planning guides for attendees to take home. Robin Brenner (Public Library of Brookline)

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Using The Power Of The Force To Reach Reluctant Readers
The popularity of Star Wars has never been stronger. Learn how libraries can use the power of the Force to create Star Wars related activities and programming to bring young readers into the library and create a new generation of lifelong library patrons. Join "Forces" with Obi-Shawn Crosby who has presided over hundreds of Star Wars related literary events and Allen Callaci, Literacy Librarian at the Rancho Cucamonga Public Library who run the largest Star Wars Library event in California for tips, ideas and suggestions for bring a galaxy far, far away to a library near you.

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Pop Con: An Origin Story
Every hero has an origin story. Learn from San Antonio Public Library’s first Pop Con how to form your staff league, forge creative allies, and transcend bookshelves into pop culture programming. We’ll give you tips on preparing your secret library headquarters for community fandom and success. Julia Selwyn (San Antonio Public Library)

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Comics & Information Literacy Within Prison Libraries
Prison libraries are often overlooked in the larger discourse surrounding issues of social justice, information literacy, and information science. Learn from a former prison librarian how comics were often one of the best ways to engage inmates with low literacy rates. Prison libraries are able to contribute to the overall recidivism rate within the incarcerated population as well as the safety and enrichment of the community to which they return to upon release. Engrossing inmates with a love of reading through comics is an excellent method for promoting education and literacy. Lizette Guerra (California Institute of the Arts)

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Getting Past Gatekeepers: How To Keep Parents And Give Kids Great Comics
Even as middle grade and YA graphic novels are dominating shelf space in libraries, bookstores, and classrooms, there are still adults who dismiss the medium. How do you get a graphic novel into the hands of a child whose parent or teacher insists on a book with “real reading”? Learn strategies for selling graphic novels to skeptical guardians and get to know some of our sure-fire titles for the graphic-averse. Kelly Quinn Chiu (Santa Clara City Library), Marissa Thompson (Los Angeles Public Library), Loren Spector (Los Angeles Public Library), and Angela Ocana (Eugene Public Library)

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Where Does This Go?: Cataloging Protocols For Comics
Comics are a unique medium and cataloging them consistently is challenging. Our project conducted original research to create cataloging recommendations for comics. We created two online surveys, one for librarians and one for users. We also conducted 25 librarian interviews. After cleaning and analyzing the data, we created a “how to” document. Users are frustrated by inconsistent cataloging and shelving practices. The number of responses our surveys received demonstrates the salience and timeliness of our research. Our project will make a difference by establishing basic standards in cataloging, making comics easier for librarians to catalog and for users to access. Staci Crouch, Allison Bailund (SDSU Library), Hallie Clawson (UW-Tacoma Library), Katherine Keller (University of Nevada, Las Vegas)

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Engaging Youth Readers Through Comics And Graphics Novels
This dynamic pair of library professionals will focus on using graphic novels and comics to break down the barriers that reluctant readers, readers with learning differences, and English Language learners face when struggling with literacy. The participating librarians include a high school teacher-librarian and a Youth Innovation Coordinator. They bring a breadth of experience from diverse backgrounds, they have a love of comics and graphic novels and a dedication to finding avenues to incorporate them into our learning environments and libraries. Josie Laine Andrews (Bear River High School), Vaile Fujikawa (Yolo County Libraries)
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