Anime Clubs for Public Libraries: A Practical Guide for Librarians

Rowman & Littlefield. (Practical Guides for Librarians, Bk. 70). Sept. 2020. 194p. ISBN 9781538130728. pap. $65. PRO MEDIA
Anime has grown in popularity since the 1960s, attracting avid fans of all ages. Library-sponsored anime clubs are a perfect outlet for this passion. In this excellent addition to the “Practical Guides for Librarians” series, Pard (youth services librarian, Keshen Goodman P.L.) offers advice for starting a library anime club, from assessing patron interest, to identifying potential volunteers or community partners, to selecting age-appropriate titles and securing viewing rights. Even librarians on tight budgets that don’t allow for licensing agreements will find plenty of ideas here—the bulk of the book is devoted to activities that anime fans are sure to love, including games, crafts, food, holiday parties, reading clubs, and career fairs (to show fans that there are ways to professionally pursue their interest in anime). Pard also suggests ways of blending manga and kawaii art into club activities, and readers will learn how to guard against cultural appropriation and ensure diversity and inclusivity in club activities.
VERDICT Pard has created an indispensable guide for all anime clubs. Her clear descriptions and encouraging tone will reassure readers that they need not be anime fans themselves to run a successful club. Highly recommended.
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