With over €2,000 raised through ZAAR, NGO Graphic Novels Library Malta has recently announced that hundreds of graphic novels will now be made available at the Central Public Library in Floriana.
The initiative, which started three months ago, is now set to enter its second phase.
“From the beginning, our goal was to donate a graphic novel collection to the Central Public Library in Floriana so as to give both adults and children the opportunity to read them, use them for educational purposes, and flair their imagination,” explains Mr Ryan Scicluna, chairperson of GNLM, and an assistant librarian of the University of Malta.
Graphic novels, which are essentially a collection of comics in book format, include a complete story line, allowing the reader to feed their imagination through the illustrations. Their visual format also makes them stimulating for children.
“The comic scene in Malta has grown exponentially over the past few years, and the fact that people who are not affiliated with us believed in our idea and funded it means the world to us,” continues Mr Scicluna.
On top of raising more than €2,000, GNLM also received over forty graphic novels as donations, while the NGO itself has purchased The Classic Graphic Novel Collection, which is made up of thirty comics. These will now be added to the collection purchased through the money raised on ZAAR.com.mt.
The project will now enter its second phase, during which GNLM will not only purchase the graphic novels listed on their page on the crowdfunding site, but also find volunteers to help conserve the collection, as well as help those using it both for entertainment and educational purposes.
“The success of this campaign was the result of GNLM’s continued commitment and dedication to establishing comics and graphic novels as a tool to improve literacy,” says Matthew Caruana, manager at ZAAR.com.mt. “The crowdfunding campaign was supported by other events, including the Free Comic Book Day at the National Library and Baystreet earlier this year, and informative sessions held at St James Cavalier for the 75th Anniversary of Batman.”
Members of the public can discover the listed titles which will be added to the Central Public Library’s collection on the GNLM’s project page.