NYPL and New York Comic Con are partnering to offer a day of professional programming on graphic novels for librarians and teachers on October 5, at the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building on Fifth Avenue. Here is a preview of the schedule, which will be finalized closer to NYCC. Admittance requires a NYCC badge (professional badges get priority). For more information contact Amie Wright (amiewright@nypl.org).

9:15–10 a.m. Keynote: Talking About Tough Topics in YA Comics; Celeste Auditorium. Laurie Halse Anderson (Speak) and Ngozi Ukazu (Check, Please!) will speak about young adult comics and teen life with moderator Heidi MacDonald (PW and the Beat).

10:15–11 a.m. The Decade in Comics: First Second Books and the Changing Face of the Graphic Novel; classrooms A and B. Presented by First Second editorial director Mark Siegel.

11:15–12 p.m. Girl Power Comics: Middle Grade Fiction for Girls and Boys; Celeste Auditorium.

12:15–1 p.m. Valiant 101: Behind Comics’ Largest Independent Universe; Trustees Room.

1:15–2 p.m. French Comics Kiss Better: Bande Dessinée 101; Trustees Room. Presented by the French Comics Association.

1:15–2 p.m. Building a Culture of Reading: Comics, Graphic Novels, and Manga in Schools; Berger Forum.

1:15–2 p.m. Handling Challenges and Bans; classrooms A and B. Presented by the Children’s Book Council Graphic Novel Committee.

2:30–3:15 p.m. Boom Studios Presentation at New York Public Library; Celeste Auditorium.

2:15–3 p.m. Books as Flint: Using Graphic Novels to Spark Political Activism; Berger Forum.

3:15–4 p.m. Graphic Sex: Comics, New Media, and the Queering of Sex Education; Celeste Auditorium.

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