Manga-tize Your Library: Resource Guide for Librarians

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Blog topics will cover everything from recommended series, manga and anime collection development tips, programming ideas, in-depth posts on planning an anime convention, and things that I've done with my teens.

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Anime Game Shows

Posted by Marissa on May 4, 2015 at 2:35 PM Comments comments (0)

Game shows are fun, engaging and easy to create and alter depending on the size and age of your crowd. You can add "anime style!" to your favorite game show programs, such as Jeopardy and $25,000 Pyramid. Once you have your template, you can change out questions and categories to use over and over again! And, don't forget about prizes! If you don't have a large budget to spend, consider giving out raffle tickets to the winning team and pull winners for as many prizes as you are able to get. Here are some suggestions for game shows that I have used with my tween and teen anime clubs:

$25,000 Pyramid


An oldie but goodie, create your Pyramid with separate sections on Power Point. When a person chooses a category (ie: “Gotta Catch ‘em All”), have the category link to a consecutive set of 15 or so slides with a picture and word/name on each slide. This will make it easier to click through as the teams try and describe and guess what is on the slides.


To play, one person faces the screen and gives clues to the other person who is facing away from the screen. The clue giver must describe what is on the screen–it could be the name of a character, the name of a show, a type of Japanese snack, etc. Keep track of how many correct guesses each team completes in the time allotted.



Jeopardy can be done multiple ways, but I prefer using Power Point. If you have done a Power Point Jeopardy program in the past, keep the grid on the first page and the slides after it, but delete everything else. If you are in need of a template, a quick Google search will bring up many options. Feel free to jazz up your game with music and sound effects.


Once you have your template set up, it’s time to fill in the categories and questions! I like to put a picture next to the answer. Remember to double check that all of your links and Animation buttons work properly (ie: if you click on Naruto for 200, it should bring you to the proper slide, and the answer should only appear after you click!).

Check out my post at Cosplay, Comics and Geek Culture in Libraries for more suggestions!

Happy Gaming!

Naruto Cookies

Posted by Marissa on December 15, 2014 at 3:20 PM Comments comments (0)

Tomorrow we are doing a Naruto themed party in my tween anime club in honor of the manga coming to an end after 15 years! I purhcased Naruto cookie cutters from Etsy (search for StarCookies' shop) and made them last night. The kids will be using yellow frosting to fill in his hair and a bit of blue for his Leaf Village headband. 

I'm sort of a novice when it comes to making cookies in the form of a shape, so it took me a while to get the hang of using the cookie cutter so the dough didn't stick to the great detail in the cutters. The cutters, as described on a piece of paper when I received it in the mail, is made from a 3D pritner. I also bought a Pikachu one. 

In the end, the cookies came out nice. If you're great at making cookies and using cookie cutters then you won't have any problems making anime shaped ones! Check out StarCookies Etsy shop for a huge assortment of anime and game-themed cutters. They will make fun additions to any anime program or as a stand-off program. 

Here is what my best one looked like (pre-baked). Happy baking! 

Website Contributor

Posted by Marissa on December 15, 2014 at 3:15 PM Comments comments (0)

I have been accepted to be a contributor to the Cosplay, Comics, and Geek Culture in Libraries website. Check out the link here ;. This website will feature articles, book reviews, and other invaluable resources for professionals seeking information about anime, manga, comics, cosplay, gaming, etc. My first article "Game Show Programs Anime Style" will discuss how to incorporate anime themes into library game show programs such as Jeopardy, Minute to Win It, and $25,000 Pyramid. The article should be up shortly! 

Manga and Anime Workshop

Posted by Marissa on November 12, 2014 at 2:45 PM Comments comments (0)

This Friday I will be doing my first presentation for NJ librarians about anime and manga. I will be co-presenting with another children's librarian who is just as passionate about anime and manga as I am. The workshop will have different presenters from public and academic libraries around NJ focusing on graphic novels, manga/anime and fan coventions. Our presentation will discuss popular manga that libraries should have in their collection, split into three groups: children/middle school, teen and older teen/adult. Additionally, we will each talk about 1 anime program that we have done at our libraries. Here's what I'll be talking about:

Hikaru no Go

Chi's Sweet Home

Seraph of the End

Sword Art Online



And, as for programming, I will be talking about anime gameshows, including Anime Jeopardy and Minute to Win It: Anime Style. 

I'm very excited to be participating in this workshop and hearing all of the other speakers!


Posted by Marissa on September 11, 2014 at 2:00 PM Comments comments (0)

Very excited to announce that we have a date for Tosho-con! It's going to be on June, 20, 2015. I have a lot of support from administration, which is wonderful. Our director is marketing it to board as a way to fit in with the city's goals of the city reaching out to the tri-state area as an important part of the tri-state area, seeing as we are in a transporation hub, accessible by two train lines and right on the parkway and freeway. This plan hopes to revitalize the urban community, bringing in outside and inside support. I'm happy that our con can fit into that plan.

We just had our third Tosho-con staff meeting. It's exciting leading a committee of librarians in planning Tosho-con; very different from how it was planned before, working mostly with the teens and getting advice/support from the YA librarians. We are currently mapping out where various programs can go in the library, and by the next meeting, we  hope to try and focus on specific programs as well as begin to contact more outside performers and programmers.

Anime and manga are very big at our library with the children, teens and adults. It would be great to use Tosho-con as a way to get anime DVDs into our collection, as we did at RVC Library.

I'm very excited to bring Tosho-con back and add to it a comic and sci-fi/fantasy element, something I did not do before. This way, it's both familiar and new--perfect for being revivied at a new library. Lots of work to be done!

Ninjabread Men

Posted by Marissa on December 28, 2013 at 10:50 AM Comments comments (0)

At our anime club holiday party, we decorated ninjabread men! I bought these adorable ninja cookie cutters from (you can also get them at Bed Bath and Beyond and other places). I premade the cookies and then bought icing, gel, m&ms, etc. The kids LOVED it! They came up with some cool fighting poses for pictures, too! Here are some samplesAt our anime club holiday party, we decorated ninjabread men! I bought these adorable ninja cookie cutters from (you can also get them at Bed Bath and Beyond and other places). I premade the cookies and then bought icing, gel, m&ms, etc. The kids LOVED it! They came up with some cool fighting poses for pictures, too! Here are some samples


Simple Anime-style Games

Posted by Marissa on November 19, 2013 at 4:10 PM Comments comments (0)

Sometimes even the simplest things produce the most positive feedback (and they're free!). We did anime-style hangman at our anime club last week. The kids had a blast! I got giant paper and taped it on the wall. We each took turns coming up with either an anime character or title, and then setting up the guessing game. We went around the room guessing a letter and taking turns leading the game. 

We also did anime Pictionary, which was a lot of fun.

And, as always, the kids LOVE when I print out anime coloring pages for them to color. Simple, cheap, fun and always effective. 

What I've learned is you can take any activity and create an anime-spin to it. And, if something doesn't work, keep trying and adapt to your demographic. 

Teen Anime Halloween Party

Posted by Marissa on October 31, 2013 at 2:35 PM Comments comments (0)

Yesterday afternoon I got to help out at the teen anime Halloween party (which I also helped plan). Emily the teen librarian has these awesome colllege helpers who love anime and often help her run teen programs. The four of us (including the girl's boyfriend) helped run the very successful event. Sadly, we didn't have time to do all the cool things we planned, but what we did seemed to go over well with the tweens and teens. 

We did:

-Candy Sushi

-Watched Soul Eater

-Pin the tail on the Pikachu

-Cosplay Death Match


What we planned for but couldn't do:

-Throw the Pokeball in the can

-Anime Bingo

We had probably about 35 tweens and teens. I was very happy to participate in my 3rd library anime Halloween party. 

Children's Anime Club Halloween Party

Posted by Marissa on October 23, 2013 at 1:40 PM Comments comments (0)

Yesterday I did my first Halloween Party with the tweens in anime club. We had about 25 kids come, and I think it was successful. We did candy sushi, monster papercrafts from a book we got as a donation a while back, colored in anime pictures, and of course, raffles with prizes. They had a lot of fun with candy sushi, but because people came late, we started to run out. The papercrafts were fun, but the kids didn't seem in the mood to really sit down, read the instructions, and put the pieces together (though they wanted a finished product). I think papercraft will me a good fit for a quieter day where I can devote to helping them with their creations. Raffles always go well :)

This weekend I also got to go back to my old library and attend our 5th annual RVC Anime Club Halloween Party. It was strange at first being an observer; not planning the activities, but in the end I loved just sitting back, having fun, and watching my protoge's successfully lead anime club. I felt like a proud mom. It's so rewarding to see something you put your heart and soul into carried on. They even got  one of the boys who is an artist to design a very professional flyer, putting everything I designed there to shame (it wasn't hard to top mine XD) 

I'm looking forward to more meeting with my new kids and growing as a professional with them. 

What I've Been Reading/Watching

Posted by Marissa on October 11, 2013 at 2:30 PM Comments comments (0)

It's been a while since I did an update on what I've been reading/watching, so here we go:


Shugo Chara by Peach Pit: Just finished up all 12 volumes courtesy of the teen manga section at my library. This is a really cute coming-of-age story about a girl trying to find out what her true character is. In the process, 3 tiny eggs appear, each one containing a specific aspect of her personality that she has yet to unlock. The characters are chibi form and include being a good cook, being athletic/enthusiastic, etc. She finds out she's not the only one with these little chibis, and that if she believes enoguh, she can "character transform," unlocking these aspects of her personality. The conflict comes from Easter, an organization bent on catching these personality eggs. The eggs have the personality to turn black, becoming X eggs, if a persons hopes are taken from them. Likewise, there is also a potential for the "Embryo," rumored to be rare and extremely special. Easter is hunting for the Embryo, no matter how many dreams they smash in the process. Our main protaginist fights for goodness and justice with her fellow classmate-comrades, balancing romance, friendship, betrayal and finding out her true self in the process.

Blue Exorcist by Kazue Kato: Our main protaganist, Rin,  finds out his father is actually Satan and that his brother and foster father, Father Fujimoto, are trained exorcists, fighting against the demons! Rin will do anything to fight against evil, but he must learn to control his blue demonic energy. Will he be able to keep his friendships and fight alongside his classmates when his father is the evil among all evils? Blue Exorcist is packed with good storylines, likable characters, and awesome action scenes. It's a hot series right now.


Sword Art Online (SAO): A huge series right now and available for free (and legal, too!) on . Sword Art is a virtual MMRPG. In the time our characters live, gaming technology has developed where users can put their bodies to sleep, and wearing special head gear, actually embody their characters, living, acting and interacting in the virtual worlds. Everyone is so excited to try out the new game Sword Art, but things change when the game's creator announces he plans to be the ruler of Sword Art for real: all characters in the game are trapped; anyone who dies in the game will die in real life. Players team up, form alliances, go out on their own--whatever it takes to defeat all the levels and beat the final boss to escape. Sword Art successfully illustrates what it's like being in a game world, showcasing aspects like getting money, going on quests, forming relationships, marriage, betrayla, fighting bosses, etc. The show is separated into two parts.

Case Closed:  This an oldie but goodie, based on the on-going manga series, Detective Conan, by Gosho Aoyama. The series is more than 700 episodes long, and follows the adventures of a high school detective, the best there is, after he is turned into a kid version of himself from a poison by mysterious villains. Taking on the new name of Conan Edogawa, he is taken into custody by his best friend Rin (unaware that her friend is actually Conan) and her father, a mediocare detective. Conan constantly solves all of Rin's father cases, though to everyone else it looks like the detective is just getting better at his job. The show is humorous, even when some of the cases are not, and filled with great dialog.

Boys Over Flowers (K-drama): More than 5 people have been telling me I have to watch this Korean Drama version of the Boys over Flowers manga for years! I finally gave in and wathced the first 3 episodes on Crunchroll. Let me tell you-it's addicting! Apparently BoF is the gateway into Korean dramas.