Robin: I made a full range of the Avengers (and then added in Loki, Fury, and Coulson) of repurposed book hedgehogs.  I WIN for nerdiest librarian this week, if there is such an honor!  I created them for part of a lock-in event for my teens (they will have to find all the Avengers hidden in various places in the Teen Room as part of a scavenger hunt.)  Then I’m seriously thinking of just displaying them somewhere in the library because I’m so pleased with how they turned out!

I made Captain America first on a whim as I was getting a handle on making book hedgehogs, and that wee bit of inspiration then prompted me want to make all the Avengers.  And so I did, because I am that geeky, crafty librarian.

Snow: My sorta comics related happy for this week is kind of a mixed happy/annoyed. I wasn’t planning on watching CW’s Arrow (no matter how easy they’re going to make it by sticking it right in front of Supernatural), because, frankly, I just don’t need another show to watch. But, then they went and cast John Barrowman, so now I have to watch. Which is good because I do love his particular brand of shiny white teeth cheese.

Sheli: Since I’m relatively new in this position, I dragged my heels a lot when it came to booking authors. I knew that was something I wanted to focus on this fall. When I sat down to ask our local connection who might be possible, I didn’t expect her to say Raina Telgemeier was going to be in town, and was I interested?

I screamed a little (lot) bit.

Jack: Raina’s traveling with Dough TenNapel and James Burks (of the *delightful* kids comic Bird and Squirrel).  I know that because they are going to be ALL OVER the Bay Area the week after next.  We’re going to do a full-day thing with them at Willard Middle School, and Raina and Doug are going to come to our lunchtime comic book club meeting!  Very excited about that.


  • Robin B.

    | She/Her Teen Librarian, Public Library of Brookline

    Editor in Chief

    Robin E. Brenner is Teen Librarian at the Brookline Public Library in Massachusetts. She has chaired the American Library Association Great Graphic Novels for Teens Selection List Committee, the Margaret A. Edwards Award Committee, and served on the Michael L. Printz Award Committee. She is currently the President of the Graphic Novels and Comics Round Table for ALA. She was a judge for the 2007 Eisner awards, helped judge the Boston Globe Horn Book Awards in 2011, and contributes to the Good Comics for Kids blog at School Library Journal. She regularly gives lectures and workshops on graphic novels, manga, and anime at comics conventions including New York and San Diego Comic-Con and at the American Library Association’s conferences. Her guide, Understanding Manga and Anime (Libraries Unlimited, 2007), was nominated for a 2008 Eisner Award.

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