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Check it Out: Library to host virtual cartooning class for youth

The James V. Brown Library, 19 E. Fourth St., will host a virtual cartooning class with award-winning cartoonist and illustrator Rick Stromoski.

The class will take place from 4-5 p.m. May 6, via Zoom, and is geared toward those ages 8-17 (tweens and teens). During the workshop, Stromoski will teach participants how to create their own cartoon characters, draw facial expressions, and create unique animal characters.

Stromoski will demonstrate that one can create an infinite number of characters and variations of expressions just by altering a few shapes and/or lines in a drawing. He stresses the importance of not overworking one’s drawing and illustrates how most of the time, less is more.

This workshop focuses on drawing human expression, gender and age differences, and how by just changing a line here or there, one can create completely different characters and expressions. He also devotes some time to drawing different animals and how using the same approach, one can create many different kinds of animals.

Students should have a stack of paper in front of them and something they like to draw with.

Registration is required and may be made via calendar.jvbrown.edu or at https://calendar.jvbrown.edu/home/event/16985/virtual-cartooning-program-for-tweens-and-teens. Registrants must have access to a computer device and Internet to participate.

Stromoski’s illustrations and cartoons have appeared in national magazines, advertising, book publishing, children’s publications, greeting cards, newspaper syndication and network television. His daily comic strip “Soup to Nutz” was syndicated from 2000 to 2018, and his syndicated comic “Mullets” was published from 2003-2005. He is a member of the Society of Illustrators and The National Cartoonists.

— The library supports the PA Forward statewide initiative, which believes that when Pennsylvania residents improve their command of five types of literacy — basic, information, civic and social, health and financial — they can achieve greater success as students, parents, employees, consumers, as citizens. Libraries are community centers of information, technology and learning that will fuel educational and economic opportunity for all of our citizens.

For your safety, all returned materials are quarantined for three days.

The James V. Brown Library is open for browsing and holds pick up from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday; and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. To place a hold, visit www.jvbrown.edu or call 570-326-0536 during the library’s operating hours. The James V. Brown Library, 19 E. Fourth St., Williamsport, Pa., is the place to go to learn, connect and grow. Founded in June 1907, the library champions the love of reading, opens new doors to lifelong learning, provides a haven to those who seek and ensures the preservation of public library services for future generations. The library has more than 225,000 visitors in a year and circulates a half-million items annually. A member of the Lycoming County Library System, the James V. Brown Library participates in PA Forward, a statewide initiative to promote literacies in our communities to power a better future for everyone.

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