Foreword – August 21, 2023

As the school year approaches, we’re highlighting books that capture the jitters and excitement that come with a new school (or school year). New Kid by Jerry Craft is the first in a graphic novel series about the challenges of being a new kid and fitting into a new school. Jordan Banks is the new kid at Riverdale, a private school with a strong emphasis on academics. Jordan is a good student, but he’d rather go to art school. In addition to being new, he’s one of the few students of color, so it’s that much harder for him to fit in or blend with the crowd. He copes by doodling in his sketch pad as he learns to adapt to his new school and starts to make friends. The artwork, which includes Jordan’s doodles, adds depth to the story, though don’t rule out the full-cast audiobook, which is also excellent. Recommended for tween and teen fans of Raina Telgemeier and Gene Luen Yang.

Adults are invited to unleash their creativity during our Craft a Card program on Tuesday, September 12 (5:30 PM-7:00 PM). We’ll provide the supplies and the instruction on cardmaking basics. Registration is required.

It’s not too late to turn in your Summer Library Challenge game boards, which can be turned in through August 31!

The library will be closed on Saturday, September 2 and Monday, September 4 in observance of Labor Day weekend. Regular hours resume on Tuesday, September 5.