If watching anime or learning about Japanese culture is a favorite pastime, the Daleville Public Library is starting a new Anime Club for enthusiasts at the beginning of the school year.

“The Daleville Public Library is always on the lookout for new program ideas to reach out to the local community,” Library Assistant Glen Adams said. “When we learned that anime is popular at the high school, we saw an opportunity to get the teens involved with the library year-round instead of just over the summer.”

The new club is open to teens 12-17 years old. It will meet on the first and third Wednesday of each month beginning on Wednesday, Aug. 7.

“We will be watching a movie or a few episodes of a series on the first Wednesday of each month, and the third Wednesday, we will have games and arts and crafts,” Adams said. “For the first meeting, we will be watching the movie ‘Summer Wars.’”

He said the library would take suggestions for future shows or movies to watch, making the club centered around the wants of the participants.

“We also intend to take recommendations from the teens about what they want to watch because it is their club,” he said. “At later meetings, we will introduce different Japanese games, such as hanafuda, and get to try anime or Japanese-inspired arts and crafts.”

The library is asking for those interested in the club to sign up to participate.

“We do ask participants to sign up beforehand because some of the shows could be rated PG-13 or TV-14, and we will want to get a parent or guardian’s permission,” Adams said. “We will announce each month’s show on our calendar at www.dalevillepubliclibrary.com.”

Adams said the club will allow those who enjoy anime to share their favorite shows and movies with others who also enjoy the genre.

“Part of the fun of anime is not just watching it, but getting to share it with other people,” he said. “Joining the anime club will give them the chance to introduce some of their favorite series to fellow fans and discover new shows they may not have heard of. It will also give them a chance to have a say in the materials the library purchases for the Young Adult section.”

For more information on the Anime Club or other library programs, contact the DPL at (334) 503-9119.

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