AMS Library Graphic Novel Grant

Montgomery County Education Foundation, December 1, 2015

Graphic Novels Promote Reading at AMS!

MCEF provided the AMS Library with funding to create an engaging Graphic Novel section that included the opportunity for students to create artwork inspired by this literature. The purpose of the grant was to promote literacy and independent reading for all students at AMS, especially those designated as reluctant or non-readers.


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.

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Student Endorsements for Graphic Novels

November 23, 2015
November 23, 2015

Unveiling Reception

As students finished reading our new graphic novels, they were encouraged to create artwork inspired by their reading.


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.

Almost a Year Later . . .