Do you love anime? Check out this club!
What do we do?
Watch anime, have some snacks, and socialize.
When do we meet?
We are temporarily meeting only the first Friday of the month, from 5 – 6 pm, until there is a full-time youth services coordinator.
(Please see the events calendar for more specific dates.)
We usually meet the first & third Friday of the Month, from 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm.
This means the club largely takes place when the library is closed, so we can turn up the volume and make lots of noise without being rude to other library patrons. The doors are locked at 6 pm and remain locked until the end of the club, for the teens to leave or be picked up. (If a teen’s ride arrives early, they will be let out of the building individually.) This is for the security of the library and the safety of teens, staff, and volunteers.
If you wish to speak to the librarian in charge, you may do so at the end of the club when you pick up your teen, or contact the library at firstname.lastname@example.org.
What do we watch?
Specifically, we watch anime for which we have obtained public viewing licensing. We have licenses from:
- Swank Movie Licensing USA
- Crunchyroll – specifically, an Outreach account.
- Funimation – valid through December 31, 2018. Working on a new license.
All licenses on file and can be viewed upon request.
Because most anime is meant for teens and adults, the club content is for teens, ages 13 +. Content will be rated PG or PG-13/TV14 (or the equivalent in the case of international ratings).
Who chooses what we watch?
The teens do!
When you come to the club, you may request one or more anime that you’d like to watch. The librarian will research the reviews and any available ratings of the anime to determine if it’s appropriate for a teen audience. If it passes review, we can watch!
Please note: the youth librarian approves most anime rated PG13 or TV14, although any episode can be vetoed upon viewing by either the librarian or the club members.
Where do you get the ratings and reviews?
We use the following sites for age ratings and reviews:
- Internet Movie Database supplies age ratings from various sources, including different countries in the case of international material.
- MyAnimeList is a fan community that rates anime. The age recommendations here tend to be stricter than TV or MPAA guidelines.
- Funimation & Viz Media both provide age ratings for their shows.
What if a club member objects to the anime being shown?
We all have different preferences for the kind of media we consume. If a teen is uncomfortable watching a show, or if they think the content is too scary/violent/suggestive/etc., they are welcome to raise their concerns to the group or privately with the librarian/volunteer in charge. No club member is expected to watch a show that is upsetting or triggering. However, it is up to the teen to raise their concerns. Otherwise, it is assumed that the content is acceptable to all teens in attendance.
What if a parent objects to the anime being shown?
Parents and guardians are responsible for determining what library programs their children can attend. If you are uncomfortable with your teen viewing material rated PG13/TV14 (anime often includes violence, strong language, and mild nudity), this club may not be a good fit.
Parents and guardians play the major role in guiding their children’s or wards’ reading and library use. Each family has the right to determine which library materials and programs are acceptable for its children and must accord the same right to other parents.