Manga Crash Course for Your Library or Classroom

Let youth interest help drive your programs! Learn innovative and fun ways to build programs around manga to increase student engagement. 




Course Description 

Guest speaker sessions via Zoom:
Thursday,  May 25 from 3:30 to 5:30 pm ET (recordings available)

Manga has exploded in popularity across the U.S. over the past several years. More and more young people are looking for new manga titles in their libraries, and manga is proving to be an exciting opportunity to get young people engaged in libraries and classrooms. The problem is that many teachers and librarians don’t know how to incorporate manga into their programs and curricula. This crash course is here to help.

In this 2-hour crash course, you will learn how to use manga effectively in your library or classroom to increase student engagement. You will leave with tips on how to read, analyze, and teach manga, as well as ideas for manga-based programs and activities. 

The live sessions run on Thursday, May 25, 2023 from approximately 3:30-5:30 pm ET (recorded for on-demand viewing). Don’t miss this opportunity!




Learning Outcomes

After you attend this interactive online course and workshop, you’ll be able to:

  • Increase student engagement through Manga-based programs and collections

  • Evaluate Manga for age appropriateness

  • Assess inclusiveness and diverse representation in Manga titles 

  • Understand different types of Manga and what you should build into your collections

  • Create programs that feature Manga for your library


When you sign up early, you’ll have immediate access to our Early Access On Demand Resources—a series of webinars from Library Journal and School Library Journal contributors along with rich, supporting materials in the form of readings, activities, and videos—to explore at your own pace.

Who should take this course 

Any librarian or educator who wants to innovate their programs and curricula to include manga. This course will be particularly good for educators, school librarians, and children’s and youth services librarians.

Live sessions are also available on demand for six months

Can’t make a live session? All guest speaker sessions are recorded and available on demand for six months following the initial broadcast.

Certificate of completion provided 

2 professional development credit hours

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All guest speaker sessions feature live captioning and are made available on demand after the initial broadcast. Please email upon registration if you require any special accommodations and we will make our best efforts to facilitate them.


Course Curriculum Advisor

Jilian Rudes 

Jillian Rudes is the school librarian at a 6th-12th grade, public school in New York City. She is the founder of Manga in Libraries, a company which provides readers’ advisory lists and hosts webinars, panels, and workshops. She is also the author of Manga in Libraries: A Guide for Teen Librarians. She received the American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) Collaborative School Library Award in 2020 and the American Library Association’s (ALA) Scholastic Library Publishing Award in 2022. She was also deemed the “Manga Maven” by Library Journal and was selected as a Library Journal Mover & Shaker in 2022. You can find a ton of resources on her website at and can follow her on Twitter @JRlibrarian. 


Group Rates

Have a team attend and increase your impact!

Discounted registration fees are available for groups of 3 or more. When you register your team for our online courses, they will be placed in the same small workshop group, where discussions and project-based assignments receive feedback from an experienced librarian.

Send us a request for a quote.

If your group prefers to work separately, just let us know.




By registering for this event you confirm that you have read and agree to our Code of Conduct.

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Thursday, May 25, 2023

Session 1 | 3:30-4:10 pm ET

How to Build Your Manga Collections

This session will teach you the foundations of manga so that you are familiar with and confident in your ability to assess the genre. You will also learn how to evaluate manga titles to determine what to add to your collections and how to assess age appropriateness and representation to ensure your manga collections are inclusive.


Jillian Rudes, NYC School, Japanese Culture & Manga Librarian



Session 2 | 4:10-4:20 EST

Informational Session about LJ/SLJ Professional Development

Interested in what’s next or how to go even deeper? This session will provide more information about our Fall courses. Take this opportunity to ask questions about our full roster of courses, gain transparency into our process, and give your feedback about what you’d like us to do next.


Break | 4:20-4:30 EST


Session 3 | 4:30-5:10 EST

Embed Social-Emotional Learning into Manga Programs

This session will teach you how to build innovative, social-emotional leaning programs around manga. You will learn new ideas for engaging young people in your library by following their interests and including their voices in program development. Leave with tangible ideas for manga-based programs and book clubs that you can apply in your library right away.


Jillian Rudes, NYC School, Japanese Culture & Manga Librarian


Session 4 | 5:10-5:30 EST

Apply Your Learning: Live, Interactive Working Session

This live, moderated discussion will give you an immediate opportunity to process and apply the skills you’ve learned in the previous sessions. You will have the opportunity to join on camera and audio to discuss ideas, ask questions, and hear from other participants in class. 


Jillian Rudes, NYC School, Japanese Culture & Manga Librarian





Online Course Preview

A preview of how we build your library skills and bring inspiration to your projects with our online learning experience.

Course Format


Inspiring Live Guest Speakers 



Live session with Andrea Blackman and Tasneem Ansariyah Grace

Live Guest Speakers Each Week

  • Engage with presenters via live video stream, visual presentations, and chats


Online Course Features


Recordings of guest speakers

Recordings Available After The Live Session

  • Real-time guest speakers and conversation via live video stream (with recordings available afterward)



Early Access On Demand Resources

Early Access and Ongoing Resources To Support Learning

  • Supporting resources in the online classroom to provide a foundation for your work
  • Access all course content for six months after the course ends
  • Bonus: Register early and get immediate access to archival video recordings from related courses and other bonus content




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