Library Receives 250 Graphic Novel Donation

Recipient of the 2013 Small Press Expo Graphic Novel Gift Program

Today The Small Press Expo (SPX) has named the District of Columbia Public Library the 2013 recipient of its Graphic Novel Gift Program. Two-hundred and fifty graphic novels, representing 63 different titles from 5 different publishers, will be added to the collections at the Rosedale and William O. Lockridge/Bellevue libraries.  

"The library takes pride in offering the books that people want at their library," said Ginnie Cooper, chief librarian for the DC Public Library. "With the growing popularity of graphic novels, this gift allows District residents the opportunity to discover new titles and characters at their Library.  We cannot thank the Small Book Expo enough for this donation."

"It is with pleasure that Small Press Expo adds to the graphic novel collection of the DC Public Library,” said Warren Bernard, Executive Director of the Small Press Expo. “We are thrilled at the selections made by their collections staff and we know that the readers will enjoy them. We are especially proud that these books will find their way the readers  of all ages who normally would not have a chance to see this great work being done in the graphic novel field."

The books were selected by the library’s collection staff from the offerings of publishers Fantagraphics, Top Shelf, Drawn & Quarterly, Adhouse Books and Koyama Press, all of whom support this program. In addition, artist and illustrator Kali Ciesemier designed a special bookplate that has been placed in all of the books donated by SPX.

The Small Press Expo’s Graphic Novel Gift Program targets public and academic library systems in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. The goals of this program are to:

  • Facilitate the availability of graphic novels to readers of all ages utilizing public and school libraries.
  • Promote learning and literacy through the availability of graphic novels at local libraries.
  • Provide library systems with additional resources by which they can purchase graphic novels and comics.

The Small Press Expo is a nonprofit created to promote artists and publishers who produce independent comics. In addition to its Graphic Novel Gift Program, SPX hosts an annual festival that provides a forum for artists, writers and publishers of comic art in its various forms to present their comic art to the public. This year’s festival will occur Sept. 14 and 15 in Bethesda, Md., at The North Bethesda Marriott Convention Center.  

To see the book plate and for more information on the SPX Graphic Novel Gift Program, click here.   For more information on the Small Press Expo, click here.