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Literacy New York Buffalo-Niagara To Present FREE Summer Programming at Canalside

Graphic Novel Project Continues to Grow

For the third consecutive year, Literacy New York Buffalo-Niagara (LNYBN) will hold free summer programing at Canalside. The centerpiece of the programming will be the Buffalo Graphic Novel Project.

The ongoing popularity of the Buffalo Graphic Novel Project–spearheaded by Literacy New York Buffalo-Niagara along with local artist Jackie Albarella—has helped attract young people as participants for the past two years, exposing them to the history of the city’s waterfront.

Graphic novels are books written and illustrated in the style of a comic book. Educators praise graphic novels for their ability to “powerfully attract and motivate kids to read.” Specifically, research indicates that graphic novels can dramatically help improve reading development for students struggling with language acquisition, including special-needs students, as the illustrations provide contextual clues to the meaning of the written narrative.

Literacy New York Buffalo-Niagara has always focused on improving literacy throughout our region, and worked with Jackie Albarella to create the Buffalo Graphic Novel Project to incorporate an element of literacy within Canalside. Significantly, the emphasis is on having fun while appreciating Buffalo’s history.


The Buffalo Graphic Novel Project

On July 6th, LNYBN will kick off the Buffalo Graphic Novel Project as a weekly literary arts activity for children grades 5 through 12.

The program will focus on the role that the Erie Canal and Buffalo Harbor played in the history of the City. It centers on a history lesson, an exploration of the Erie Canal harbor site, and an experiential activity, which will allow students to recreate Buffalo’s rich story through their own eyes, with the creation of a graphic novel. Participants will each receive a copy of the completed graphic novel at program end.


The program will be held on Monday afternoons from 12:30pm-3:30pm from July 6th through August 10th on the following dates:

July 6, 2015

July 13, 2015

July 20, 2015

July 27, 2015

August 3, 2015

August 10, 2015

Topics include:

Overview of Canalside and its Growth

Grain Elevators

Naval Park

New Canals

The New Waterfront

Participants are welcome on any or all days.

For more information, please visit, or call 876-8991.