AMS Library Graphic Novel Grant
Montgomery County Education Foundation, December 1, 2015
Graphic Novels Promote Reading at AMS!
During the winter of 2015, the AMS Library purchased the new graphic novels and students eagerly began reading them. (See Circulation Statistics below). In April, we held the successful Unveiling Reception. Much of the artwork from the reception is still displayed in the Library today, with students continuing to add to it.
The new Graphic Novel collection has made a huge impact on our students and teachers. It is the fastest growing and most in-demand section of the Library.
In a teacher survey, 100% of responding teachers have used or plan to use graphic novels in their curriculum. Additionally, all the respondents have observed that the inclusion of graphic novels in our Library has positively influenced the reading culture in our building. Additionally, over half of the teachers responding have observed reluctant and non-readers reading graphic novels.
Student Endorsements for Graphic Novels
AMS art teacher, Dianna Hale, worked collaboratively with the Library on this project by incorporating common graphic novel design concepts into her instruction.
Students attended our Unveiling Reception on April 27, 2015. We had over 80 students participate, as well as a number of parents, MCPS School Board members, and MCEF Board members in attendance.
Unveiling Reception--6th Grade Artist
Tyler proudly displays his work.
Unveiling Reception--7th Grade Artist
Mac shares her artwork inspired by Poe's "The Raven" with her mom.
Unveiling Reception--8th Grade Artist
Miriam shows her artwork to her father and grandmother.
Almost a Year Later . . .
Students Continue to Create Artwork
The Artist Space moved up to the front of the Library, close to the Graphic Novel section. Student artwork is displayed on the wall above. Artwork changes frequently as students continue to contribute.
Graphic Novel Section Moved
We moved the Graphic Novel section from the back of the Library up to the front. Students helped create a new, eye-catching display.
A Growing Graphic Novel Collection
Because of MCEF funding, the AMS Library added almost 50 graphic novels to the collection, a five-fold increase in this collection's size! Current Library funding can now support additions to our growing Graphic Novel collection.