|EMSB’S THIRD ANNUAL CELEBRATION OF FREE COMIC DAYS SET FOR MAY 7 and 15|
MONTREAL, MAY 6, 2015- Librarians from the English Montreal School Board’s Pedagogical Services Department will be promoting Free Comic Book Days at LaurenHill Academy Junior Campus in St. Laurent (2355 Decelles) on Thursday, May 7 at 11 a.m. and Gerald McShane Elementary School in Monreal North (6111 rue Maurice Duplessis) in Montreal North on Friday, May 15 at 10 a.m.
Librarians Annette MacIntyre and Julia Wagner from Pedagogical Services, and school library personnel Beverly Graham and Charles Prefontaine will present a lively talk to classes on the history and importance of comics and how to effectively read graphic texts. LaurenHill students will continue to celebrate Free Comic Book Day during their lunch hour with trivia, games, and opportunities to create their own comics, and will also be encouraged to dress as their favorite comic character.
Pedagogical Services recognizes the effect that comics have on children’s motivation to read. It is demonstrated that children are more likely to read when they have the choice of something that they enjoy, and are more likely to continue reading when they associate reading with pleasure. For a struggling reader, images can hold a child's attention longer than text, can help with understanding difficult concepts or challenging stories, as well as cultural and social issues. As literary texts, comics help to expand a child's vocabulary and introduce new narrative structures.
The EMSB would like to express its appreciation to Cosmix (931 Boul. Décarie, Saint-Laurent) and Komico (5311 Queen Mary) for supporting these school events with the donations of comics and posters.
For more information, check out www.freecomicbookday.com.
Michael J. Cohen