You may have heard Russ Staples recently in his Drive Time interview with 93.5 WMWV. He talked about his book, “My Everest Odyssey,” and upcoming scheduled talks about his adventure to the Everest base camp as a 22-year-old in 1967. He had $200 in his pocket, and very little knowledge, or preparation as opposed to what we have access to today. Russ will talk about this adventure in the Ham Room of the Conway Library on Wednesday, May 1, at 6 p.m. He will have his books available for signing and purchase, and all are welcome to attend.

Saturday, May 4, is international Free Comic Book Day. Come to the library on Saturday, May 4, between 11 and 2 p.m. to claim a free comic book (on a first come, first serve basis). You can also explore graphic novels and non-fiction available for borrowing, and a display from White Birch Books that showcases their latest graphics that are available to purchase in their store.

Graphic novels originated from comix — spelled this way because they are a co-mix of graphic arts and literature. They suspend time so that the reader does not have to read in a linear fashion like in a traditional book. These are visually exciting, take the pressure off reluctant readers, and contain attention-grabbing, impactful sentences with plenty of rich vocabulary to keep readers expanding their knowledge. They are quick reads, and a genre that is exploding in popularity so it’s good to keep plenty on hand.

Graphic novels are available and written for many audiences, including young children through adults, and are organized within these different sections throughout the library. Graphics are available in non-fiction formats as well. Whether you are looking for biographical information, history, how-to instructions, science, mystery, magical realism, classics or the arts, they are available in these formats.

If you are skeptical about the enrichment qualities of comix, or simply want to learn more about them, there is some well-done research reported through sites like, playfullearning.net, provolibrary.com and Northwestern.edu. To learn more about Free Comic Book Day, go to freecomicbookday.com.

For more information, go to the newly improved Conway Public Library website at conwaypubliclibrary.org, call (603) 447-5552 or, best of all, stop in and ask for help from a friendly librarian.

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