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INTERNET SAFETY CLASS
WITH MIKE FORMHALS
Join us at the Malvern Public Library for our first installment of our Internet Safety Class series with presenter Mike Formhals! Learn everything there is to know about staying safe on the World Wide Web. Topics of discussion range from Social Media, Email, Viruses, Hackers, to Password Protection & more.
This class will be taking place on Saturday, August 24th from 1:00 - 2:00 PM in the Carnegie Conference Center at Malvern Publilc Library.
Registration is free and available at the front desk of the library. Add your name to our sign up sheet today!
COMICS & COSPLAY CLUB:
The following is a retrospect I wrote after being asked by the State Library of Iowa to share about our young adult programming to feature in their Iowa Blog Series for Summer 2019:
June of 2016 proved to be one of the busiest months of the year for the Malvern Public Library. I, Rebecca Bassich, had just begun my job as Library Director at the library in late September of 2015. I decided to kick off my first summer at the library with the launch of my brainchild, the Comics & Cosplay Club, in the first week of June, which quickly became our most popular program with just under 12 attendees for each of the first few meetings. While the club was and is certainly open to all ages, it has been especially popular among young adults who are passionate about sharing their love of all things comic book and manga related.
The following is an outline of my itinerary that I formulated for the Comics & Cosplay Club nights. Each meeting started with a brief Japanese lesson during which participants were able to work together as an informal classroom in an effort to learn to speak and write in Japanese. The activity following these lessons does vary from meeting to meeting, however it typically consists of a Show & Tell session that gives members an opportunity to showcase a favorite manga or comic book related item they own, fanfiction, fan art or a cosplay costume. The occasional contest encourages friendly competition amongst members in selecting a favorite Show & Tell entry for a prize. Each 2-hour meeting then concludes with viewing a favorite manga/anime or comic book related movie and/or series. Members are encouraged to attend the meetings dressed as their favorite fictional character and to bring a snack to share during the movie that they feel their chosen personality would enjoy.
Today, our Comics & Cosplayers remain as busy as ever with their involvement at our library and in the realm of social media. If you are a fan of the library on Facebook or frequent our website at all, you will notice a new logo and promotional ad have been published for our library’s Comics & Cosplay Club. This is but one shining example of the talent our youth have to share with the community. Between the awesome 3-dimensional cherry blossom sculptures, perler bead creations and even their very own Comics & Cosplay Club Manifesto, we continue to see a great deal of talent come from our youth. We have so much fun learning about Japanese culture and exploring new worlds at our Comics & Cosplay Club through various workshops in writing, art, music and even YouTube language lessons. This summer, we have been kicking back and watching plenty of movies!
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