Bibliolabs Launches Virtual Library Comic Convention (VLCC) Making over 4000 Comics & Graphic Novels Available to all Massachusetts Residents!
MLS recently announced the availability of over 4,000 comics, graphic novels, and children’s materials as part of an innovative program to make this content freely available to all residents of Massachusetts throughout the summer. This project is a collaboration with 9 other states and is intended to provide easy access to digital resources while also supporting statewide summer reading programs for all ages during the COVID-19 period. More eBooks will be released throughout the summer from additional children’s, comic book, and science fiction publishers.
Massachusetts is also participating in a VLCC online event featuring interactive sessions with leading talent as well as librarians talking about grassroots graphic novel creation and local zine publishing programs available through public libraries. To celebrate comic and graphic novels together even while the pandemic keeps us apart, the virtual events will be held on the afternoon of July 30, 2020, with free, unlimited registration for everyone in the state. Sessions include:
- Worth 1,000 Words: Visual Storytelling Through Comics and Graphic Novels
- Comic Book Art 101: Demonstrations, Tips and Tricks of the Trade
- BookFeud: Graphic Novel and Comic Edition
To register for these free sessions and learn more, visit: https://createsharediscover.com/vlcc-events/
If you’re interested, but unable to attend the live events, go ahead and register to receive the recording information after the event.
“Firstly, we want to thank our valuable publishing partners who generously took the lead on driving the creation of this program,” said BiblioLabs CEO, Mitchell Davis. “We have worked on innovative eBook models at the state level for years and this shines a light on the close collaborations between publishers and libraries that are emerging today. This program has the potential to positively impact the lives of millions of people and highlights the role libraries have always served in being a provider of resources in a time of need.”
All of the eBooks are available in an unlimited simultaneous use model and served to patrons via geolocation. The VLCC collection will be free to libraries and patrons in participating states through August 31st, serving as a valuable tool in statewide summer reading program support for all libraries.
To promote the comic and graphic novel collection & VLCC to your community (including social media posts and a customizable press release) visit: https://createsharediscover.com/portfolio-item/vlcc/
To access the collection click here: https://mls-comics.biblioboard.com/home
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