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Posted on: September 13, 2023

Celebrate National Comic Book Day at SML

Comic Book Week at SML

Shreve Memorial Library is joining comic book fans across the nation in celebrating National Comic Book Day with a variety of programs and activities for children and teens. The annual celebration takes place on September 25, but Shreve Memorial Library branches throughout Caddo Parish will kick off the festivities with programs starting on Monday, September 18 and continuing through Wednesday, September 27. Programs include comic book making workshops, superhero-themed events and comic-themed crafts. All programs are free and open to the public.

Children and teens will have an opportunity to create their very own cartoons, comics, and comic books at several Shreve Memorial Library branches. On Thursday, September 21, artist and author of Guide to Cartooning, Al Bohl, will visit the Belcher-Wyche Branch to teach children and teens how to draw their own cartoons. The cartoon making workshop will begin at 4:30 p.m. at the branch, located at 409 Charles Street in Belcher. Similarly, Samuel Cannon will present a mini version of his comic book camp for teens at the Hamilton/South Caddo Branch, located at 2111 Bert Kouns Industrial Loop, on Wednesday, September 27 at 3:30 p.m.

In addition, children and teens will be able to attend comic book making workshops that also detail the history of the comic book industry, which now includes comic strips, comic books, graphic novels, and manga titles. Participants will have a chance to make their own comic strips, comic books, book covers, and bookmarks. Comic book making programs will take place on Monday, September 25 and Tuesday, September 26 at the following branches.

 Monday, September 25

  • 1:00 p.m. at the Oil City Branch, 102 Allen Street, Oil City
  • 4:30 p.m. at the West Shreveport Branch, 4380 Pines Road
  • 4:30 p.m. at the Atkins Branch, 3704 Greenwood Road
  • 4:30 p.m. at the Hollywood/Union Avenue Branch, 2105 Hollywood Avenue

Tuesday, September 26

  • 3:00 p.m. at the Rodessa Branch, 10093 Main Street, Rodessa
  • 4:00 p.m. at the David Raines Branch, 2855 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive

Comic books have entertained readers of all ages for generations with tales of superheroes such as Superman, Batman, The Avengers, Black Panther, the X-Men and more. Superhero fans are invited to visit Shreve Memorial Library branches for a variety of superhero-inspired crafts and events as part of the library’s National Comic Book Day celebration. On Monday, September 18, teens can make DIY Mason Jar Avengers inspired by The Avengers movie series at 4:00 p.m. at the David Raines Branch. At the North Shreveport Branch, located at 4844 North Market Street, patrons can make a custom button on Tuesday, September 19 beginning at 4:00 p.m. In Vivian, teens will be able to make comic book coasters on Tuesday, September 19 at 4:30 p.m., and children who are fans of Captain America can create their own Captain America shields on Thursday, September 21 at 4:00 p.m. at the North Caddo Branch, located at 615 North Pine Street in Vivian. Children can also stop by the Hamilton/South Caddo Branch to create their own superhero masks on Monday, September 25 at 3:30 p.m.

The Broadmoor Branch, located at 1212 Captain Shreve Drive, will have several options for children and teens to celebrate their favorite comic books and superheroes. On Tuesday, September 19 at 4:00 p.m., teens will be able to make comic book themed keychains, pins and magnets. On Wednesday, September 20, children and their caregivers are invited to a special superhero-themed preschool storytime at 10:00 a.m., and children are challenged to put their engineering skills to the test by making a Batmobile at 4:30 p.m. For all programs, children under the age of 10 must have a responsible person present.

Both the Cedar Grove-Line Avenue and Mooretown Branches will host National Comic Book Day events featuring movies, crafts, and lots of fun. The Cedar Grove-Line Avenue Branch, located at 8303 Line Avenue, will host a Teen Tuesday: Library Comic-Con event on Tuesday, September 19 at 4:30 p.m. Teens are invited to dress up in their favorite cosplay and watch a comic-related movie, do crafts, and discuss their favorite fandoms. The Cedar Grove-Line Avenue Branch will also host a Comic Book Capers celebration on Monday, September 25 at 4:00 p.m., during which attendees will create a superhero-themed craft while watching television episodes featuring popular comic book characters.

Also on Monday, September 25, the Mooretown Branch will host a Comic Book Celebration complete with crafts and movies starting at 3:00 p.m. Then at 4:30 p.m., the branch will hold a special screening of Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, featuring Namor the Submariner, the first Hispanic hero in the Marvel movie universe. Both events will take place at the Mooretown Branch, located at 4360 Hollywood Avenue.

 All programs are free and open to the public.

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