ATLANTIC HIGHLANDS, NJ - When the announcement was made last August that the New Jersey State Library was awarding $3000 grants for graphic novels to 14 libraries, Marilyn Scherfen, Director of the Atlantic Highlands Public Library, was delighted to find out that the AH Library was one of the recipients.  Funding, made possible through the Florence Taylor Tishman and Nathaniel Tishman Memorial Fund, was given to assist libraries in establishing and growing their graphic novel collections. Norma Blake, State Librarian said, “We recognize that smaller libraries face funding challenges when it comes to providing their customers with a variety of products they’d like.”


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Graphic Novels are original literary works combining illustrations and words in the tradition of comic books, and are popular with all age groups.  According to First Second Books, publishers of quality graphic novels, seven million graphic novels ($245 in sales) were sold last year, up 18% from the year before.  Ms. Scherfen enthused, “Before we got the grant, our graphic novel collection amounted to about ten books; now we have over 200 items, from Marvel to Manga and Absoulte Sandman to Ultimate X-Men. We have many selections for all ages; in fact, we have three separate collections: Adult, Young Adult, and Juvenile. We’re grateful to the State Library for being able to dramatically expand our collection of these popular books.”