Free Virtual Library Programs: January

Are you looking for online programs to attend? Here are some interesting library programs I’m co-hosting and programs that are being put together by my fellow co-workers. All of them are free to attend! You don’t need to be a member of the library to attend. All you have to do is register at the corresponding link and the meeting information will be sent to you the day before the event.

Hope to see you all there!

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Award Winning Manga That Were Released In The U.S. in 2020!

Hi again everyone! It’s Joe Pascullo here, penning another guest blog post on my friend Tabrizia’s site here! And this time the focus is on manga that have taken home awards for their awesomeness. Japan has tons of awards that are given out annually to manga worthy of such prestige. And when a publishing company here in North America acquires the licensing rights to release said book in English, it’s typically a title that’s well worth checking out. Today I’d like to focus our attention on some award winners that you are able to to check out in English here the States. Let’s dive in!

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Books to Read This Month: December Edition

Instead of trying to get the best last minute holiday deals, why not make the 2020 holiday season a literary one? 2020 is a year that has been hard on all of us and one way to provide solace is curling up with a good book by the fireplace and December has brought us great new releases that will make this last month of the year more delightful:

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Manga Recommendations for Halloween!

Hello again everybody! It’s Joe Pascullo here, back with another guest writing spot on my pal Tabrizia’s blog. Halloween is just around the corner. And though we may not be able to celebrate it with trick or treating and costume parades as we once were, it’s not all bad! Horror manga has shown no signs of slowing down, and there is still an abundance of it for readers to consume during our favorite autumn season. So don’t be too down about the lack of candy this year. Here are some horror manga recommendations for you to check out! 

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Books to Read This Month: October Edition

One of my favorite months is here! October is the perfect to get a jump start on not just your Fall reading but also for books for your spooky pleasure this Halloween. Halloween 2020 may be different from previous years but we can enjoy the thrills and chills Halloween brings us by reading some of these great releases! Halloween reads not your thing? Don’t worry! There’s some lighthearted books that will entertain you this month!

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Best Graphic Novels of the Year…So Far

I have given you the best books of 2020, now it’s time for the best Graphic Novels! And I have enlisted fellow librarians (and fellow graphic novel/manga enthusiasts) Whitney Davidson-Rhodes and Joseph Pascullo to also give some of their picks for the best graphic novels of the year, so far:

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Find Your Inner Thrill: YA Mysteries for the Mystery Lover

Are you looking for those thrills and chills that would excite your summer? You may be stuck inside this summer but you can still have those thrills for this season. And mystery books are a great way to do that! However, instead of trying out the same old mystery authors, why not try out a new genre? The YA genre has spun great mystery tales that are perfect for the dedicated mystery lover. Get ready for suspense and excitement because these recommendations will knock your socks off:

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10 LGBTQ Manga Titles for Pride Month

Hello again everybody! It’s Joe Pascullo here, guest writing once more for my friend Tabrizia’s blog. We’ve just wrapped up Pride Month here in June. But to keep the celebration going, Tabrizia asked me to pen a blog with some LGBTQ titles for all you readers to check out. I was happy to oblige! Fandoms and conventions (remember when we used to attend those!?) for the yaoi (boys’ love) and yuri (girls’ love) genres have exploded in popularity, with many manga fans simply choosing to read only titles within those classifications. Need some recommendations? Try one (or more) of these on for size!

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Read with PRIDE: LGBTQ Reads for 2020

Pride Month may be coming to an end but that doesn’t mean that we stop reading with PRIDE. We need LGBTQ reads now more than ever, at a time where we need to hear diverse stories and have the chance to step in other people’s shoes. So take up the chance and read across the rainbow (even if it’s past June 30) and discover the colorful and vibrant stories the following amazing authors have to tell!

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10 Amazing Female Protagonists In Manga!

Hey there everyone! My name is Joe Pascullo, and I am a guest writer today on my pal Tabrizia’s blog! I’m a young adult librarian at the Grand Central branch of the New York Public Library. And when I’m not there, I help out with the non-profit organization Pop Culture Classroom’s Excellence in Graphic Literature Awards, as well as host the 2020-established podcast, Manga Monthly! Continue reading “10 Amazing Female Protagonists In Manga!”