Check It Out: Popular collections for teens, adults

Were you aware that the Newport Beach Public Library stocks video games and graphic novels? Always popular with teens, these formats have proven extremely popular among adults as well.

The library's video games collection is available in several platforms: Sony Playstation 2, Sony Playstation 3, Xbox 360, and Nintendo Wii. The selection of games has been growing steadily over the last year and includes many recognizable series.

The Mario legacy lives on with "Super Mario Galaxy," "Super Paper Mario," "New Super Mario Brothers," and "Mario Kart." Superhero games include "Batman: Arkham Asylum," "Spider-Man 3," and "Superman Returns." More in-depth role playing games include "Fallout 3," "Bioshock," and "The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion. The library's selection also includes many Lego games such as Lego Star Wars I and II," "Lego Indiana Jones," "Lego Batman," and "Lego Harry Potter Years 1-4." Some of the newest, most popular titles include "Darksiders," "Red Dead Redemption," "Transformers: War for Cybertron," and "Street Fighter IV."

Video games can be checked out from the Central Library for one week at a time by any customer 18 or older. Due to the demand of these titles, checkout is limited to two items at a time per card and video games are not able to be placed on request. They can be found on the shelf next to the Rental DVDs.

Graphic novels are other collections rapidly gaining in popularity now that they have found their own shelf spaces in both adult and young adult areas.

The library carries many classic works in this field like "Alan Moore's Watchmen," "V for Vendetta," "The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen," and "Batman: The Killing Joke."

You can also find the works of Neil Gaiman in the graphic novel collection. The library carries the Sandman collection, Neil Gaiman's Neverwhere, Neil Gaiman's Murder Mysteries, and "The Last Temptation," among others!

Other exciting titles include J.R.R. Tolkien's "The Hobbit" as retold by Check Dixon in graphic novel format, Mark Kneece's visual retelling of "Walking Distance," a classic Twilight Zone story written by Rod Serling, the captivating ongoing stories of "Fables" and "Jack of Fables" by Bill Willingham, Joss Whedon's "Angel" and "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" series, and many superhero adventures from Batman to the X-Men.

Some popular young adult graphic novels include Rumiko Takahashi's long-running "InuYasha" series, the "Shonen Jump" manga series by Nobuhiro Watsuki, and even The Simpson's inspired comics and graphic novels of Matt Groening.

Graphic novels can be found at the Central and Mariners library branches. Adult materials are shelved near the Science Fiction section and the young adult materials are shelved in the Teen sections. Graphic novel titles can be requested for holds.

With these two new collections, the library hopes to help you find some new and fun ways to spend your summer and help you relax! Visit the library online at

CHECK IT OUT is written by the staff of the Newport Beach Public Library. All titles may be reserved from home or office computers by accessing the catalog at For more information on the Central Library or any of the branches, please contact the Newport Beach Public Library at (949) 717-3800, option 2.

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