TCAF came to ESA…

With thanks to our friends from The Beguiling for making this opportunity available to us…

Two wonderful workshops with Jen Wang in the morning, and then a lunch get-together before she had to head off to the airport for her flight back to L.A.


May the Fourth be with you!

Tomorrow, Saturday May 5th, is Free Comic Book Day, and next weekend is TCAF – the Toronto Comic Arts Festival.

In celebration of all of the above… the ESA Library is having a giveaway.

Drop by the Library sometime today to enter our draw to win one of a selection of FREE Graphic Novels.

Our Grand Prize winner will walk away with a complete set of Bone by Jeff Smith.


Black History Month Spotlight

Strange Fruit (Vol 1): Uncelebrated Narratives from Black History by Joel Christian Gil.

Each of the nine ‘chapters’ in this graphic anthology tells the story of an African American hero – or event – which is little known.  Each story ‘exemplifies success in the face of great adversity.’

Black History Month: Spotlight

#28DaysOfBlackCosplay is Happening Now on Twitter

From the folks at BookRiot:

  • Right now on Twitter is one of my favorite parts of Black History Month, which is the #28DaysOfBlackCosplay hashtag. This hashtag is a celebration of black cosplayers and it is both impressive and inspiring. There are a few ways to join in on the fun.

Read the rest of the posting, and learn more, here at BookRiot.

Our Holiday Reads Winners!

Thank you to everyone who played along.  We have drawn for ten (10) lucky winners!

Seven (7) folks go home with a new book for the holiday: Laura Kim, Michaela Yarmol-Matusiak, Kaitlyn Hamilton, Gabrielle Schwartz, Audrey Irenhead, Ariel Milne, Tashi Gombu

Our second and third prize winners each go home with two (2) new books and a blanket: Annie Spence and Hannah Mark

AND… our GRAND PRIZE winner goes home with three (3) new books, a blanket, a hand painted mug and a selection of teas: Jeanne Polochansky


WINNERS…  please drop by the Library to pick up your winnings!

  • If you are already on holiday… drop by when you get back in January.

Everyone who submitted a HOLIDAY READS chit will also have their name entered into the TDSB Just Read It! monthly draws with additional opportunities to win free books.

Will I See? by David Alexander Robertson

May, a young teenage girl, traverses the city streets, finding keepsakes in different places along her journey. When May and her kookum make these keepsakes into a necklace, it opens a world of danger and fantasy. While May fights against a terrible reality, she learns that there is strength in the spirit of those that have passed. But will that strength be able to save her?

A story of tragedy and beauty, Will I See illuminates the issue of missing and murdered Indigenous women.


Graphic Novels: For Sale in the ESA Library

Free Comic Book Day is right around the corner… as is TCAF – the Toronto Comic Arts Festival.

  • In honour of all things graphic…  tomorrow morning, Wednesday May 3rd…  the book sale bin on the upper level of the Library will feature a selection of brand new graphic novels…  nothing more than $2.
  • The Library will also be giving away 25 Free Comic Book Day comic bundles on Friday morning…  to the first 25 people who come to the ESA Library looking for them.


While we’ve got your attention…  a reminder that:

To celebrate TCAF and Free Comic Book Day, the ESA Library is holding a contest… and three lucky winners will walk away with a Free Comic Book on Friday May 5th.

The grand prize is an Uncorrected Proof copy of Jeff Lemire’s just released Roughnecks… complete with a personal dedication (to the ESA Library) and a quick sketch of the author, drawn by the author himself, when he signed the book for me (Ms. Wray) at my Library Conference earlier this year.

This contest is ONLY open to students (sorry Staff, Parents and Grads… not this time around).

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