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Hello All -
I am forwarding this email from Barry Lyga of Diamond Comics Distributors
regarding Free Comic Book Day on May 3rd. For more information, please see
the forwarded message below.

>Free Comic Book Day Reaches Out to Libraries
>In 2002, the comic book industry gave away more than 2.5 million comic books
>in an effort to raise awareness of the medium. The event was such a success
>that the industry is doing so again, and this time it's reaching out to
>libraries, too.
>"Last year, we had a lot of librarians - from both public and school
>libraries - contact us about participating in Free Comic Book Day," said
>Barry Lyga, Marketing Communications Manager for Diamond Comic Distributors,
>one of the companies coordinating the event. "We were glad to have them on
>board and we arranged for them to partner with comic book stores in their
>areas, to the benefit of all parties involved."
>The result was happy librarians and comic shop owners, both of whom
>"This year, Free Comic Book Day will be held on May 3," Lyga continued, "and
>we've already heard from many interested libraries."
>Diamond encourages librarians to contact their local comic book stores and
>arrange for cross-promotion. Typically, a store will be willing to donate
>free comics to the library in exchange for posting information about, or
>otherwise directing readers to, the store. (Most comic book stores can be
>found in the Yellow Pages or by checking, a
>free database of stores.)
>"If librarians are unable to find a store in their area, we encourage them
>to contact Diamond's Library Sales Coordinator, Allan Greenberg, at
>410-560-7100, ext. 247, or by e-mail at," said
>Lyga. "Allan will help find a cooperative store. And if it turns out there
>are no stores in the library's area, Diamond will - while supplies last -
>send libraries free comics for May 3, courtesy of several generous
>For more information about Free Comic Book Day, log on to
>, or send e-mail to

Philip Crawford, Librarian
Helen Boutin Professional Library
San Francisco Unified School District
2550 - 25th Ave. Room 3
San Francisco, CA 94116
PH: (415) 759-2985 FAX: (415) 759-2831

Resource Specialist:
Young Adult Literature and Graphic Novels

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