Do you have a go-to strategy for helping graphic novel readers? Whether your readers are fans of action-packed and fast-paced graphic novels or character-driven and thought-provoking graphic novels, let NoveList and LibraryReads break down the best graphic novels have to offer your readers — from origin stories to multiverse encounters and everything in between.

Join us as they cover:

  • Why readers love graphic novels and how libraries can ramp up their collections 
  • How graphic novels developed, including classics, newcomers, and awards to know 
  • Subgenres and trends 
  • NoveList insider information on genre headings, appeal terms, and more 


Lynn Lobash is the Assistant Director of Readers Services at the New York Public Library. She has been with the library for 16 years. She is a reader for ALA’s Notable Books Committee and Vice-Chair of the LibraryReads Board of Directors. When she is not reading and recommending books, she is watching her children do something amazing (look mom!) or petting her needy cats.  

Patrick Holt is an adult services librarian for the Durham County Library (Durham, NC), where he is the lead organizer of the Durham Comics Fest and the Triangle Comics Creator Network. He also writes Durham County's award-winning Comics and Graphic Novels newsletters, and off the clock, he writes about comics librarianship at 741.5 And Then Some

Kendal Spires joined NoveList in March 2018 as a Collection Development Analyst. In this role, she oversees the selection, weeding, and cataloging workflows for Core Collections, and manages collection development for the graphic novel and adult fiction collections. She is also the jury liaison for the SEE-IT Award. Kendal is a lifelong lover of sci-fi/fantasy and comics of all stripes. She also enjoys the occasional historical mystery or crackerjack nonfiction tale. Outside of the reading sphere, she watches as much television as one can manage in this Peak TV era and plays a lot of games, both video, and tabletop. 

Moderator Halle Eisenman leads the Editorial Content Team which oversees the creation of the lists, articles, book discussion guides, and all the other amazing and informative content you can find in NoveList. Prior to working at NoveList, she spent a dozen years working for a public library system in a variety of roles, but no matter what her job title, her favorite part of any day was suggesting books to patrons. When not at work, Halle can often be found walking her dogs (they get lots of exercise when she’s listening to a particularly riveting audiobook), binge-watching TV shows aimed at teenagers, baking, or sitting on her back porch with a book. She is currently serving on the RUSA CODES Reading List Council. 

Lori Reed is the Marketing Specialist for NoveList. She is currently reading The Stand by Stephen King.