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CBLDF’s Comics Connector Builds A Bridge Between Libraries, Educators, and Comics Creators!

For Immediate Release
Contact: Charles.Brownstein@cbldf.org

Comic Book Legal Defense Fund continues the celebration of Children’s Book Week by launching its newest resource – the Comics Connector! CBLDF’s Comics Connector is a directory resource that connects educators and librarians with creators, editors and other comics professionals who are able to provide classroom or library visits. More than 50 comics professionals in 12 states and one Canadian province have signed up with the Comics Connector so far, and more will be added each week. Educators can view participating creators and creators can sign up for this free resource by visiting http://cbldf.org/resources/comics-connector/ 

CBLDF Executive Director Charles Brownstein says, “At CBLDF, we believe that the best way to fight censorship is to increase understanding. It has led us to create proactive resources that increase the appreciation of comics and their value. With more communities making a place for comics in schools and libraries every year, it was natural for us to begin to build this resource. Our goal is to benefit the readers we all serve by helping foster greater interaction among the educators and librarians who are using comics and the talented people who make them.”

Comics Connector is the latest in a series of resources and publications CBLDF creates to serve educators and librarians.  This week, CBLDF.org is spotlighting those resources in observance of Children’s Book Week.  These tools include:

·         Raising A Reader: How Comics & Graphic Novels Can Help Your Kids Love to Read!

·         Using Graphic Novels in Education

·         CBLDF Banned Comics Discussion Guides

·         CBLDF Banned Comics Case Studies

·         CBLDF Presents Manga

·         Working With Libraries: A Handbook For Comics Creators

·         Defend Comics

Efforts like these are made possible by the contributions of CBLDF donors.  This week, the Fund has launched Spring Into Action, a membership drive spanning the month of May, which rewards contributors with special incentives as a thank you for their support.  Individuals can also support the Fund and receive more than 20 top children’s graphic novels by purchasing the Humble Kids Comics Bundle, which is available until May 13.

About Comic Book Legal Defense Fund (CBLDF)
Comic Book Legal Defense Fund is a non-profit organization protecting the freedom to read comics! Our work protects readers, creators, librarians, retailers, publishers, and educators who face the threat of censorship. We monitor legislation and challenge laws that would limit the First Amendment. We create resources that promote understanding of comics and the rights our community is guaranteed. Every day we publish news and information about censorship events as they happen. We are partners in the Kids’ Right to Read Project and Banned Books Week. Our expert legal team is available to respond to First Amendment emergencies at a moment’s notice. CBLDF is a lean organization that works hard to protect the rights on which our community depends. For more information, visit www.cbldf.org.

About Children’s Book Week (CBW)
Children’s Book Week is the annual celebration of books for young people and the joy of reading.

Established in 1919, Children’s Book Week is the longest-running national literacy initiative in the country. Every year, commemorative events are held nationwide at schools, libraries, bookstores, homes — wherever young readers and books connect!

Children’s Book Week is administered by Every Child A Reader, a 501(c)(3) literacy organization dedicated to instilling a lifelong love of reading in children. The Children’s Book Council, the national non-profit trade association for children’s book publishers in North America, is an anchor sponsor.

About Humble Bundle
Humble Bundle organizes pay-what-you-want plus charity promotions for awesome digital content and puts the power directly in the hands of the consumers, offering them fully-featured titles at prices they set themselves. Consumers pay what they want and decide how to allocate their money between content creators, charity and a humble tip. Humble Bundle also offers the Humble Store, a digital storefront that features great games at great prices with a portion of sales going to select charities. Since the company’s launch in 2010, Humble Bundle has helped empower its community to allocate more than $56 million toward charity to date. For more information, please visit https://www.humblebundle.com

Charles Brownstein
Executive Director
Comic Book Legal Defense Fund
255 West 36th Street
Suite 501
New York, NY 10018

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