Anime (or “Japanese Animation”) has seen a continuing rise in popularity over the past decade of North American pop culture. Droves of die-hard, dedicated fans can be found all over comic shops, conventions, and social media at large, discussing or debating the merits of their favorite Anime fandoms. Public libraries have been quick to catch on, and have long been an excellent gathering place for this community of passionate consumers – be it for movie screenings or anime and manga collection offerings. With the recent widespread adoption of English dubbed content and the explosion of Anime merchandise sales outside of Japan, Anime and Manga are more accessible to North Americans than ever before. In addition to providing a long list of programming examples and ideas, this practical guide will teach librarians how to capture the interest of this fandom community, why the library is the perfect place to do so, and how to expand this thematic programming into further learning and socialization opportunities.Special Features include:
Chantale Pard’s Anime Clubs for Public Libraries is a welcome resource and a practical guide for librarians and programmers who are invested in “keeping up” with what is popular among today’s youth and providing for them an enriching space so they might connect with others their own age with similar interests.
Anime has grown in popularity since the 1960s, attracting avid fans of all ages. Library-sponsored anime clubs are a perfect outlet for this passion. In this excellent addition to the “Practical Guides for Librarians” series, Pard (youth services librarian, Keshen Goodman P.L.) offers advice for starting a library anime club, from assessing patron interest, to identifying potential volunteers or community partners, to selecting age-appropriate titles and securing viewing rights. Even librarians on tight budgets that don’t allow for licensing agreements will find plenty of ideas here. . . Pard has created an indispensable guide for all anime clubs. Her clear descriptions and encouraging tone will reassure readers that they need not be anime fans themselves to run a successful club. Highly recommended.
Anime Clubs for Public Libraries is a needed book packed with information for library programs not only for teens, but multiple generations. I remember in my days of running a library anime club I was always looking for more ideas and other librarians with experience. Anime Clubs for Public Libraries would have helped me back then!