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Best Books of 2016 & Best Forthcoming Books of 2017

Looking for a good book to read? Looking for a book to recommend to a patron? Looking for some books to add to your library’s collection? If so, here are some great lists for you!

2016 has come and gone. With the end of one year and the beginning of another, we can look back on the best books from 2016; and we can also look ahead with anticipation to some new books in 2017. Review the categories in the lists below to find the perfect book for you, your library, or your patrons.




Comics in the Library

Slogan TextThe theme of the summer reading program this year is “heroes,” and superheroes seems to be one of the most popular ways to express this theme, so comic books are a natural choice for reading material.

In December, a children’s librarian asked me if any North Dakota libraries had comic book clubs because she was thinking of starting one. After an informal survey,  it appears that no North Dakota libraries have comic book clubs.

The closest related programming response was from the Grand Forks Public Library. They have an Animanga (Anime/Manga) club, with meetings the first and third Thursdays of the month that go from 6 to 8:30 PM. Members range from middle school teens to college-age adults. They generally watch one series a month, and occasionally play games or doodle in sketch books while discussing anime and Manga.

I researched comic book clubs in libraries, so I thought I’d share with you what I found, which turned out to be a bit more diverse that just comics. The resources below include comics, as well as graphic novels, anime, and Manga.

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