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April 13 – Ferndale Library Anime Drawing Workshop

April 13 – Ferndale Library Anime Drawing Workshop

Ferndale, MI – Ferndale Library’s Youth Librarians are inviting regular attendees of their “Animaniacs” club, along with any metro-area Anime enthusiasts between the ages of 8-12, to join a virtual drawing workshop on Tuesday, April 13, at 6 pm, with professional illustrator Corinne Roberts. This will be a special event for the Ferndale Library’s regularly-hosted Animaniacs club, which is a culture/craft club spurring conversation between young fans of anime in the local area. “Anime” is an umbrella term for an entire universe of artwork and animation produced in Japan, including popular television shows like Pokemon and Dragon Ball Z.

The Ferndale Library has been regularly hosting virtual events throughout the last year, but Youth Librarians have consistently tried to make their programs for younger audiences more interactive. This event, on April 13, will be the library’s second collaboration with Corinne Roberts–having previously hosted a “Learn to Draw Cartoons” program for ages 6-10. Roberts is a local author and illustrator based in lower Michigan–she writes and illustrates an ongoing webcomic series (“Out and About”) and has written and illustrated two books, Trip to Trekka and Imaginary Sea 1-2-3. Roberts graduated from Kendall College of Art & Design and teaches numerous workshops throughout Michigan.

When the “Animaniacs” club could meet in-person, pre-COVID, it consistently encouraged conversation between attendees to share about their own favorite anime shows or Japanese comic books (called “Manga”), but there would also often be an activity involved. This time around, the versatile illustrating ingenuity of Corinne Roberts will be leading that activity–albeit virtually. Parental participation is encouraged but not required–however attendees will need to have their own paper and drawing supplies ready and at-hand when they log into the Zoom meeting from home.

Young illustrators, ages 8-12, can sign up now to learn about the basics of drawing anime and manga with Corinne Roberts. The Zoom meeting will begin at 6pm on April 13–to sign up, send an email to Ferndale’s Youth Services:

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