Held for the first time Tuesday evening, Manga Madness is the newest teen reading program offered by the Copperas Cove Public Library.

Designed to get teens ages 13-19 into the library, the program allows teen Manga fans to discuss their favorite Anime characters and Manga comic books.

“We haven’t had a teen reading club in quite awhile,” said Library Director Kevin Marsh. “We had recently purchased a lot of Manga for the library, so it seemed like a good combination to announce at the beginning of the school year to get some teens out to do a little book talking and eat some pizza.”

Pronounced “Mahn-ga,” Manga is a comic book or graphic novel originating from Japan, with colorful characters and stimulating storylines that many young readers find riveting.

“I have been into Manga since I was in the fourth or fifth grade,” said Michaela Swygert, a 13-year-old student at S.C. Lee Middle School. “I started reading it and I just loved it.”

Michaela’s friends, brothers James and Christian Walker of Gatesville, also attended the event.

“We knew about anime, which is Japanese cartoons, before we started reading Manga books,” James said. “It’s fun reading really outlandish stories, like high school students with super powers. It’s a way to escape.”

Marsh believes the teen reading program can benefit both the Library and area teenagers looking for an interesting read.

“The teen reading club gives teenagers an opportunity to come in and tell us what kinds of books they are interested in,” Marsh said. “I had a hunch that there would be some interest in the Manga books we had coming in, so this is just an opportunity to get these teens into the library to tell us more about what they want to read, and what we can do to help.”

Herald/Erik Papke​

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