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updated: 4/19/2013 1:50 PM

Bloomingdale Public Library to host Free Comic Book Day celebration May 4

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  • Librarian Jessica Frazier, taken 4-19-13 at Bloomingdale Public Library

    Librarian Jessica Frazier, taken 4-19-13 at Bloomingdale Public Library
    Julie Keating

Jessica Frazier

Comic book fans are invited to Bloomingdale Public Library's Free Comic Book Day celebration on Saturday, May 4 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The library will offer free comics for all ages donated by Schaumburg's Dreamland Comics shop. This all day event will feature activities and crafts, including an anime/manga drawing workshop, movie showings with audience participation through texting, and sidewalk chalk drawing.

With the recent popularity of movies and TV shows based on comics, there has been renewed interest in the format. "Comics are amazing because they cover such a broad range of genres and interests," said librarian Jessica Frazier. "Whether you enjoy horror graphic novels like "The Walking Dead" or heartbreaking personal memoirs like "Stitches" by David Small, the library has a graphic novel for all reading tastes." The library offers comics and graphic novels for children, teens, and adults, and the collections have been very popular with all ages.

"Our librarians love comics and graphic novels, since they are engaging, exciting, and promote literacy. Although the library has offered graphic novel collections for years, this is our first time participating in Free Comic Book Day," Frazier said. "We're offering activities that encourage creativity, imagination, and most importantly, fun! Our Free Comic Book Day event is wonderful for families, teens, and adults."

For the full event schedule, please check the library's website at