The Small Press Expo (SPX) Graphic Novel Gift Program is targeted to public and academic library systems in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area, the home of the Small Press Expo. Since 2011, this annual program has provided an outright of gift of graphic novels and comics as selected by the staff of the chosen library system. The SPX Executive Committee internally selects the library system to be gifted; we do not accept grant applications or recommendations for the selection process.
The graphic novel buyer for the given library system is given a budget by Small Press Expo to purchase books from a selected list of SPX publishers. The publishers contributing to this program are Adhouse Books, Cartoon Books, Drawn & Quarterly, Fantagraphics, Koyama Press and Top Shelf.
Every year, the SPX Graphic Novel Book Program donates over 300 books to local library systems.
For each recipient of the Graphic Novel Gift Program, a special bookplate is designed by a member of the SPX Community an are put on every book that are part of the gift.
Previous years bookplates were created by Lilli Carrè, Kali Ciesemier, Noah Van Sciver and Eleanor Davis.
The goals of the Graphic Novel Gift Program are to:
- Expand the reach of graphic novels to readers of all ages utilizing public and school libraries.
- Promote learning and literacy through the availability of graphic novels at local libraries.
- Provide library systems with additional resources by which they can purchase graphic novels and comics.