Y.A. Graphic Novels

The Livingston Library has so many Y.A. Graphic Novels to choose from.  Here are some library curated suggestions to get you ready for Comic Book Day on May 4.  the best we coulddo

This One Summer

Every summer, Rose goes with her mom and dad to a lake house in Awago Beach. It’s their getaway, their refuge. Rosie’s friend Windy is always there, too, like the little sister she never had. But this summer is different. Rose’s mom and dad won’t stop fighting, and when Rose and Windy seek a distraction from the drama, they find themselves with a whole new set of problems. One of the local teens – just a couple of years older than Rose and Windy – is caught up in something bad… Something life threatening.

Nimona

Nimona is an impulsive young shapeshifter with a knack for villainy. Lord Ballister Blackheart is a villain with a vendetta. As sidekick and supervillain, Nimona and Lord Blackheart are about to wreak some serious havoc. Their mission: prove to the kingdom that Sir Ambrosius Goldenloin and his buddies at the Institution of Law Enforcement and Heroics aren’t the heroes everyone thinks they are.

Batman Hush

Old friends and enemies find themselves thrown together in a murderous plot hatched by Poison Ivy. What is she plotting? No one quite knows, but by manipulating both Batman and his enemies Killer Croc and Catwoman tensions are high and no one is to be trusted in Gotham City tonight!

 

Speakspeak

“Speak up for yourself—we want to know what you have to say.” From the first moment of her freshman year at Merryweather High, Melinda knows this is a big fat lie, part of the nonsense of high school. She is friendless—an outcast—because she busted an end-of-summer party by calling the cops, so now nobody will talk to her, let alone listen to her. Through her work on an art project, she is finally able to face what really happened that night: She was raped by an upperclassman, a guy who still attends Merryweather and is still a threat to her.

Coraline

When Coraline steps through a door to find another house strangely similar to her own (only better), things seem marvelous. But there’s another mother there, and another father, and they want her to stay and be their little girl. They want to change her and never let her go. Coraline will have to fight with all her wit and courage if she is to save herself and return to her ordinary life.

Captain Marvel

Hero! Pilot! Avenger! Captain Marvel, Earth’s Mightiest Hero with an attitude to match, is back and launching headfirst into an all-new ongoing adventure! As Captain Marvel, a.k.a. Carol Danvers, comes to a crossroads with a new life and new romance, she makes a dramatic decision that will alter the course of her life – and the entire Marvel Universe – in the months to come. But as Carol takes on a mission to return an alien girl to her homeworld, she lands in the middle of an uprising against the Galactic Alliance! Investigating the forced resettlement of Rocket Girl’s people, Carol discovers that she has a history with the man behind the plot. But when the bad guy tries to blackmail Carol and turn the Avengers against her, it’s payback time! Guest-starring the Guardians of the Galaxy!

American Born Chinese

Jin Wang starts at a new school where he’s the only Chinese-American student. When a boy from Taiwan joins his class, Jin doesn’t want to be associated with an FOB like him. Jin just wants to be an all-American boy, because he’s in love with an all-American girl. Danny is an all-American boy: great at basketball, popular with the girls. But his obnoxious Chinese cousin Chin-Kee’s annual visit is such a disaster that it ruins Danny’s reputation at school, leaving him with no choice but to transfer somewhere he can start all over again. The Monkey King has lived for thousands of years and mastered the arts of kung fu and the heavenly disciplines. He’s ready to join the ranks of the immortal gods in heaven. But there’s no place in heaven for a monkey.

Battle Angel Alitaalita

In a dump in the lawless settlement of Scrapyard, far beneath the mysterious space city of Zalem, disgraced cyber-doctor Daisuke Ido makes a strange find: the detached head of a cyborg woman who has lost all her memories. He names her Alita and equips her with a powerful new body, the Berserker. While Alita remembers no details of her former life, a moment of desperation reawakens in her nerves the legendary school of martial arts known as Panzer Kunst. In a place where there is no justice but what people make for themselves, Alita decides to become a hunter-killer, tracking down and taking out those who prey on the weak. But can she hold onto her humanity as she begins to revel in her own bloodlust?

Black Panther

When a superhuman terrorist group that calls itself The People sparks a violent uprising, the land famed for its incredible technology and proud warrior traditions will be thrown into turmoil. If Wakanda is to survive, it must adapt—but can its monarch, one in a long line of Black Panthers, survive the necessary change? Heavy lies the head that wears the cowl!

Ms. Marvelmarvel

Kamala Khan is an ordinary girl from Jersey City – until she is suddenly empowered with extraordinary gifts. But who truly is the all-new Ms. Marvel? Teenager? Muslim? Inhuman? Find out as she takes the Marvel Universe by storm! As Kamala discovers the dangers of her newfound powers, she unlocks a secret behind them as well. Is Kamala ready to wield these immense new gifts? Or will the weight of the legacy before her be too much to handle? Kamala has no idea either. But she’s comin’ for you, New York!

Scott Pilgrim

Scott Pilgrim’s life is totally sweet. He’s 23 years old, he’s in a rock band, he’s “between jobs,” and he’s dating a cute high school girl. Nothing could possibly go wrong, unless a seriously mind-blowing, dangerously fashionable, rollerblading delivery girl named Ramona Flowers starts cruising through his dreams and sailing by him at parties. Will Scott’s awesome life get turned upside-down? Will he have to face Ramona’s seven evil ex-boyfriends in battle? The short answer is yes.

Calvin & Hobbes

Calvin, the six-year-old dirty tricksmeister and master of indignation and his warm, cuddly philosopher sidekick and Hobbes, a tiger whose idea of adventure is to lie on his back by the fire and have his stomach rubbed.

-Joseph Emery, Adult Services Librarian 

National Library Week

April 7-13 is National Library Week.  National Library Week is celebrated once a week to show and celebrate the appreciation for libraries and the roles they play within the community. The first National Library Week was celebrated in 1958 with the theme how do you“Wake up and Read!” This year’s theme is “Libraries = Strong Communities.”  You can read more about National Library Week via the American Library Association’s web page here.  

So what are some ways that you can celebrate National Library Week?

  1. Visit your library! Stop into the Livingston Public Library, check out a book, attend a program, or use one of the many resources the library offers!
  2. Share your library story #MyLibraryStory.  Why is the library important to you? Do you have a special library story?  
  3. Share your support for libraries via social media with #NationalLibraryWeek  or #LibrariesTransform.

This year we have a packed week of programming for all ages!

  • April 7  | 2pm: Adulting 101: Declutter for Life
  • April 8  | 4pm: Little Listeners Storytime for Ages 2-5
  • April 8  | 7pm: Introduction to the World of Wine
  • April 9  | 4:30pm: Let’s Cook Grades 4-5
  • April 9  | 7pm: How We See Ourselves in What We Read
  • April 10  | 10:15am: Tiny Toddlers Ages 12-23 Months
  • April 10  | 11am: Jewelry Making with Acrylic Paint
  • April 10  | 4pm: Art Class Grades 1-3
  • April 10  | 7pm: Qigong 4 Energy Gates
  • April 11  | 11am: Feminist Fare Book Club
  • April 11  | 10:15am: Baby Open Play Newborn – 23 Months
  • April 11  | 4pm: Video Game Design with Scratch
  • April 12  | 12:45pm: Let’s Talk About Books
  • April 13  | 9:15am: Sensory Storytime (NEW PROGRAM!)
  • April 13  | 2pm: Saturdays at the Movies

For more information about any of our programs, check out our calendar. We look forward to seeing you in the library everyday, but especially during this week!

-Jessica Bielen, Adult Services Librarian