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If you come to either of our Banned Books Week panels next week, YOU TOO can get an awesome “I Read Banned Comics” or “I Read Banned Books” pin of your very own.

Many of these comics and books were challenged as recently as 2013 in the United States. Can you name the titles?


BANNED BOOKS WEEK THIS YEAR: September 21-27, 2014

Stay tuned to our Tumblr for quotes/cartoons by Art Spiegelman, Chris Ware, Craig Thompson, Michael Cho, and Marjane Satrapi…

Fight censorship and join the CBLDF (!

Get reading for Banned Books Week next week!  We’ll have TWO panels on comics and censorship — get the details here.

Thursday night September 25th at 7:00pm, join us for a panel discussion with comics creators, critics, librarians and journalists Brigid Alverson (Comic Book Resources, Good Comics for Kids), Katherine Dacey (The Manga Critic), Zack Giallongo (Broxo), and Jennie Wood (Flutter).  Moderated by our own Robin Brenner (No Flying No Tights)

We’ll talk about how creators consider intended audience, the state of challenges to comics today, and how libraries build and maintain comics collections that support everyone’s freedom to read. Bring your questions and we’ll answer everything we can!

Check out Banned Books Week for more information about the whole week nationwide, and check out the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund for more information on comics, censorship, and how to join the fight!

Celebrate the freedom to read! Join us for our special Banned Books Week event on Monday, September 22nd, 7:00pm:


Readers, Censors, and Innovation

Sixty years ago, three events endangered comics: the publication of psychiatrist Fredric Wertham’s anti-comics polemic Seduction of the Innocent, US Senate hearings on the relationship between comic books and juvenile delinquency, and the development of the Comics Code Authority, a censorship body that restricted content.CAROL TILLEY, whose research into Wertham’s revealed the doctor fabricated some of his findings, takes listeners behind the scenes, to reveal this fateful year in comics history. Learn untold stories of Wertham, Senator Estes Kefauver and the kids who tried to fight the tide of anti-comics momentum.

Check out Banned Books Week for more information about the whole week nationwide, and check out the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund for more information on comics, censorship, and how to join the fight!

Sponsored by the Friends of the Brookline Library and the Trustees of the Brookline Library.

Guess who’s coming to Brookline Public Library?

Friday, October 3rd, at 3:00pm at the Main Library, join us for a visit from one of today’s comics superstars: Raina Telgemeier is appearing in Brookline to talk about her latest #1 New York Times best-selling memoir Sisters!

Thanks to our friends at the Massachusetts Independent Comics Expo (MICE), the Brookine Booksmith ( @brooklinebooksmith ), and Scholastic Graphix, we’re bringing Raina here to your local library for a reading and signings.

The event kicks off at 3:00pm! Please be aware the event will be seated first come, first serve, and we’ll open the doors at 2:30pm. The room capacity is 96, so be sure to get there on time to get a good seat.

Raina will also be appearing over the weekend, October 4-5, at the annual MICE show over in Cambridge at Lesley College, along with a whole roster of amazing creators, so be sure to go and check out the Expo too!

Following the critical success of her graphic memoir Smile, Eisner Award-winning and #1 New York Times bestselling comics creator Raina Telgemeier returns to her graphic memoir style with the companion Sisters. In full-color comic format, and with her signature humor and charm, Raina tells the story of her antagonistic relationship with her younger sister, which unfolds during the course of a road trip from their home in San Francisco to a family reunion in Colorado.

Raina Telgemeier grew up in San Francisco and moved to New York City, where she earned an illustration degree at the School of Visual Arts. SMILE, a critically acclaimed graphic memoir based on her childhood, was a New York Times bestseller, appearing for more than 95 weeks on the list, winner of the Eisner Award for Best Publication for Teens, and received a Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor. Her most recent book, the full–color graphic novel DRAMA was another #1 New York Times bestseller and Kirkus raved in a starred review, “this book will undoubtedly make readers stand up and cheer.” Raina also adapted and illustrated The Baby-sitters Club graphic novels, which were selected for YALSA’s Great Graphic Novels for Teens list and Booklist’s Top 10 Graphic Novels for Youth list. Raina lives in Astoria, New York, with her husband and fellow comics artist, Dave Roman. To learn more, visit her online at and on Twitter at @GoRaina.

I’m SO excited.  Who else is excited?

Congratulations to our Edible Book Festival Winners!

Best Representation of Book: Maddi Ranieri with her Divergent Five Factions Feast
Funniest/Punniest: Catherine Saines with Bookalava
Most Delicious: Caroline Richardson with Green Eggs and Ham
Best in Show: Robin Brenner (i.e. myself, blushing), Once Upon a Mattress
Everyone’s entries were amazing, and all of the photos are now all up online over here.
Thanks to everyone who came in and voted.  Should we make this an annual tradition?

Our first Manga & Anime club meeting of the fall is this Tuesday, September 2nd, from 5:00-6:30pm, upstairs at the Main Library in Hunneman Hall.

I look forward to seeing you all and hearing about how your summers have gone. Bring any friends or new members you think might like to join us this year!

Questions about the club and how it works?  All your questions can be answered over here.  If you’re starting 7th grade on up to 12th, you’re welcome to join us for Japanese snacks, anime screenings, and manga discussions.


On September 19, courtesy of Harvard Book Store.

If anyone wants to head over to the Brattle, this will be pretty amazing! :)

Wednesday September 3, 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM

The Edible Book Festival is coming!

Join us in two of our favorite pastimes: reading and eating delicious food!

To celebrate the end of our summer reading challenge for adults and teens, we’re inviting everyone to come in to the library to judge the best entries from staff in our Edible Book Festival. We’ll be serving up edible creations themed on books, and you decide who wins the day. Categories will include funniest or punniest, most delicious, and best in show.

VIEWING starts at 4:00pm.

TASTING starts at 5:30pm.

VOTE at any time.

WINNERS announced at 6:30pm.


Map of the City Where Every Novel Takes Place


In this bookish city, Animal Farm is a farm off of Wuthering Heights road. The park system includes Lunar Park, Jurassic Park, Mansfield Parkand The Asphalt Jungle. You can go hiking At the Mountains of Madness and Cold Mountain, or take a dip in Dead Lagoon.

Designed by Dorothy, you can purchase the map as a 60cm x 80cm print