Grades 6-8: New York Middle School Comic Book Library Encourages Reading

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Grades 6-8: New York Middle School Comic Book Library Encourages Reading


One middle school art teacher in Schenectady, New York, is quietly making a difference among students: He's promoting a love for reading through a comic book library. Combing through Craigslist ads as well as attending garage sales and using other sources, Walt Mahoski, the art teacher at Oneida Middle School, has developed a library of thousands of titles, according to a recent article in The Daily Gazette.

When he finds an ad that is selling the comic books, Mahoski will often send a note, "Good luck selling your comics, but if the cash doesn't flow in, consider donating to a school comic library I have," he told The Daily Gazette. As a result, many times, he'll receive a donation.

Mahoski mentioned that he has the exact Mighty Thor comic available in the library that propelled his passion for reading comics as a kid. "I was a terrible reader," he said. "My mom dropped a bunch of comic books in my lab and that was that, I was hooked."

He hopes his students will have the same reaction. "There's some kind of alchemy, with the stories, the color, the layout, the panels and word bubbles," Mahoski said. …

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