Minnesota’s Twin Cities have a thriving comics community of fans and creators alike, so it’s not surprising — but no less cool — that a couple has opened a comics-themed Little Free Library in their neighborhood. Emily and Jay opened the library to share books they love with their neighbors, but it was Jay’s love of comics that inspired the box’s design and name: the Library of Justice. Not only is it shaped like the Hall of Justice, but on the inside is a special shelf devoted to comics. The library was designed by a friend, Joe Allen, and Emily’s father provided the materials and did the construction. Jay sanded and painted.
Jay and Emily hosted a ribbon-cutting over the weekend with cider, treats (including superhero cookies), and plenty of free books. As you can see in the photos, there was a great turn-out of all kinds of book lovers, though the kids – and some of the grown-ups – were all about the comics. Check out the library’s website for more photos from the event, info about how the library works, and even tips for enjoying the comics that can be checked out there.
Sunday was a great day. It started off awesomely with a marriage proposal. A young man named Matthew had hired my friend Grant to draw a picture of Buffy the Vampire Slayer for his girlfriend, Lisa, a Buffy fan. When they picked up the commission, Lisa read the word balloons, “Hi, Lisa. Matthew tells me he loves you very much and he has a very important question to ask…”
Chris Wilson’s blog, The Graphic Classroom is designed to recommend comics to teachers and librarians, but the educator recently served in another way when he was contacted by a young boy named Sam who wasn’t allowed to count his comics reading for his third-grade reading program.
Sam wasn’t satisfied with the rationale his teacher gave him, so with the support of his parents he made comics in education the subject of his science project and contacted Wilson for research data. Wilson gave him plenty, including his own thoughts, citations from Scott McCloud, and a PowerPoint presentation. It’s a great story, but you’ll have to visit The Graphic Classroom for the ending.
(via The Comics Reporter)