Times Observer photo by Brian Ferry Warren Public Library Teen Services Specialist Amanda Bajdo (left) and Reference and Adult Services Department Head Courtney Hoover look forward to celebrating Free Comic Book Day and to distribute 100 comic strips from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, May 15, 7, at the library.

Comic book lovers, it’s time to take a trip to the library.

The Warren Public Library is participating in Free Comic Book Day on Saturday, May 7.

The library will offer 100 comics, gift bags and comic cookies for teens and adults.

“If you want to come to the library in costume…” said Amanda Bajdo, adolescent services specialist.

“We encourage cosplay” Courtney Hoover, head of the adult referral and services department, said.

Most Free Comic Book Day attendees are businesses.

“Because we don’t have any comic book stores around Warren, we qualify to participate in the free comic book library program.” said Hoover. “We’re thrilled to give people here a chance to participate without having to travel to Jamestown or Erie.”

“It’s a service that we can provide to our community that was missing”, she says.

“It’s part of a national program,” says Bajdo. “It’s exciting for Warren.”

The exact nature of the comics in the bags is a secret, but clues are available.

“There are several videos that anyone can watch to get a glimpse of FreeComicBookDay.com”, says Bajdo.

The event is scheduled from 10 a.m. while supplies last.

Fans of comics, graphic novels, and manga don’t have to wait for Free Comic Book Day to find something interesting in the library.

In addition to manga and graphic novel titles in the collection, the library is part of the ComicsPlus database. This brings thousands of titles in a number of categories – classics, non-fiction, even Shakespeare – to anyone with a Warren public library card. “This database blows our minds” says Bajdo.

It even allows multiple users to “to verify” the same title at a time.

Study guides are available for teachers who wish “use a manga or graphic novel in your class,” says Bajdo.

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