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New Year, New Books! Lerner Publishing Group’s Spring Preview
(January 19, 2016) This hour-long webinar gives an inside look at Lerner’s outstanding Spring 2016 lineup of informational books, narrative nonfiction, picture books, middle grade and young adult fiction, and graphic novels. Hear from Lerner editors about these new titles, which are sure to inform and entertain K-12 students.
Trials & Tribulations: Handling Hard Topics for Youth
(December 3, 2015)
This hour-long webinar covers a range of literature on difficult subjects for kids and teens. Representatives from Lerner Publishing Group, Lorimer, and Second Story Press share titles that encourage understanding of, and discussion about, hard-hitting and sensitive topics.
What We’re Reading for Spring 2016
(December 1, 2015)
The Penguin Random House Library Marketing staff share their top picks for spring 2016. Find out what new books made their TBR piles and get the inside scoop on their predictions for the spring’s sleeper hits and blockbuster bestsellers.
“Why Fit In When You Were Born to Stand Out?”: Programming Using eBook Biographies
(November 19, 2015) Join Booklist, Gale, a part of Cengage Learning, and Britannica for a free, hour-long webinar on biography programming that will inspire students to be the best they can be! Using a monthly thematic approach, presenters will share three months of programming featuring e-book biographies, including innovative activities, standard-aligned lesson plans and resources that can be used right away or adapted to fit any biography or theme in your public, school, or classroom library.
New Youth Nonfiction for Fall and Beyond
(November 17, 2015) Join Booklist for a free webinar where representatives from Annick Press, Holiday House, and Quarto Children’s Publishing will introduce nonfiction titles perfect for preschool through young adult readers.
Best Practices for Large Print: Ideas, Resources and Reads
(November 10, 2015) Join Booklist and Thorndike Press for this free, hour-long webinar on building successful, large-print collections. Speakers will include Nancy Pearl, Nora Rawlinson (EarlyWord), Tamara Faulkner (Hickory Public Library, NC), and Lisa Joyce (Portland Library, ME). Don’t miss this valuable program, featuring advice on all things large print: collection-development trends, reading group tips, and best practices for outreach to readers, as well as large print fresh picks from Thorndike Press.
From Struggling Readers to Striving Readers: The Complexities of Hi-Lo Books
(November 3, 2015)
Join Booklist and Dr. Virginia Loh-Hagan, author of numerous Cherry Lake Publishing titles, for an hour-long webinar about the complexity, advantages, and challenges of hi-lo books. Dr. Loh-Hagan will also discuss several effective strategies for engaging struggling readers with hi-lo texts.
Crime Fiction: Cult Classics & Hot New Titles
(October 27, 2015) In this unique spin on our ever-popular fall mystery webinar, David Wright, Reader Services Librarian at Seattle Public Library, will kick off the program by sharing some of his favorite crime-fiction cult classics, all recently reprinted or still in print. Then representatives from Amazon Publishing, Oceanview Press, Severn House, and Soho Crime preview the hottest mysteries from their forthcoming lists.
Scoop on Series Nonfiction: More New Titles for Fall 2015
(October 20, 2015) Don’t miss this continuation of our popular series of webinars on series nonfiction for youth featuring presentations from five of the top publishers in this booming field: Amicus, The Creative Company, Enslow Publishing, Rosen Publishing, and Teacher Created Materials Library.
Straight Outta Britannica: The Real Story behind Research
(October 15, 2015) Join Booklist and Britannica for this hour-long webinar showcasing ways to engage ALL students—including high-school, elementary, and ESL—in research, by considering ways to differentiate not only the content, but also the research process and the finished product. This interactive webinar will feature educators and representatives from Britannica Digital Learning who will share great, practical examples that can be easily modified.
Finding Reliable Information Online: Adventures of an Information Sleuth
(October 13, 2015) Librarian Leslie Stebbins discusses strategies for finding reliable information online and helping patrons discover everything from accurate health information to reliable restaurant reviews to vetted scholarly research. What is “the psychology of search?” When is the “wisdom of the crowd” unreliable? How can we help people move beyond the first five Google results to uncover trustworthy information online?
YA Announcements: Readers' Advisory for Teens
(October 6, 2015) In this program, ALA Editions author Angela Carstensen (Readers’ Advisory for Teen Literature) will discuss how to work with teen readers to help them find the right books. Representatives from Listening Library, New Leaf Literary and Media Agents, and Shadow Mountain will share their best new and forthcoming titles for young adults.
Listen Up! New Audiobooks for Fall and Beyond
(October 1, 2015) In this free, hour-long webinar, representatives from Blackstone Audio, Dreamscape Audiobooks, and LA Theatre Works discuss new and upcoming audiobooks for your library and patrons.
Reaching Reluctant Readers: Finding Appropriate High-Interest Content that Engages and Inspires
(September 24, 2015) Finding the right book for the right student is at the root of encouraging literacy and raising reading levels. Hear from a librarian and representatives from Orca Book Publishers, Saddleback Educational Publishing, and Follett School Solutions on how to reach those readers and keep them reading.
Romantic Sounds: The Art of Narrating Audiobooks of the Romance Genre
(September 22, 2015) Join Booklist for a free, hour-long webinar where expert audiobook narrators Amanda Leigh Cobb, Johanna Parker, and Thérèse Plummer will discuss the preparation, recording, and listening experience of romance titles. Discover how their processes change as the subject matter fluctuates from sweet to sexy. Enjoy behind-the-scenes stories of how their work affects both those in the recording studio and those in their personal lives.
Isn't It Romantic?: New Romance Titles for Your Library
(September 15, 2015) Readers love to snuggle up with a good romance novel, enjoying all the drama, suspense, or humor that leads to a happily-ever-after ending. Join Booklist for an hour-long webinar full of scintillating romance possibilities as Baker Publishing Group, Riptide, Samhain, and Shadow Mountain present intriguing forthcoming romances.
The Scoop on Series Nonfiction: New Titles for Fall 2015
(September 1, 2015) A continuation of our popular series of webinars on series nonfiction for youth featuring presentations from three publishers in the field: Black Rabbit Books, Reference Point Press, and Scholastic Library Publishing. Stellar Series Nonfiction for Fall (August 27, 2015) Join Booklist for this hour-long webinar where you will get an overview of what's new this fall from series nonfiction publishing stars: Cavendish Square Publishing, Enslow Publishing, Gareth Stevens Publishing, and Rosen Publishing.
Marvelous Middle-Grade Books
(August 25, 2015) Join Booklist for this preview of the most exciting new books for the age group from publishers Holiday House, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Books for Young Readers, Shadow Mountain Publishing, Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing, and Sourcebooks.
How to Build and Promote Your Digital Collection
(August 20, 2015) In this hour-long webinar, HarperCollins Publishers and librarian Wendy Bartlett will discuss key points of building and promoting your library’s digital collection. Presenters will discuss how and why the HarperCollins team acquires and publishes e-books, e-book originals, audio, and print; offer suggestions on how to keep up with forthcoming titles and promote them to patrons; and suggest some not-to-be missed fall and winter digital titles from HarperCollins.
YA Announcements: Fall 2015 Titles to Know
(August 18, 2015) Get a leg up on the fall’s most anticipated YA releases in a free hour-long webinar featuring representatives from Bloomsbury, Disney Book Group, Harlequin TEEN, Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group, and Tor. Moderated by Booklist Books for Youth Editor Daniel Kraus.
Lerner Publishing Group’s Fall 2015 Librarian Preview
(August 13, 2015) Join Booklist and Lerner Publishing Group for an hour-long webinar where Lerner’s editorial directors introduce their outstanding list of fiction and nonfiction offerings for Fall 2015 and provide the behind-the-scenes stories of how the books came to be. Get a sneak peek at Lerner’s lineup of exceptional K–12 titles, including nonfiction, picture books, middle grade, YA fiction, and graphic novels, as well as information about new digital offerings and free resources.
Readers' Advisory for Your Library's Midlist Collection (August 11, 2015) Join Booklist and Thorndike Press for an hour-long webinar on using Readers’ Advisory to leverage your library’s midlist, with a special focus on Large Print books. RA experts Wendy Bartlett (Cuyahoga County Public Library), Robin Nesbitt (Columbus Metropolitan Library), and Joyce Saricks from Booklist will discuss approaches and techniques to help you promote your adult midlist—and help your readers find those special under-the-radar gems.
Discovering Great Historical Fiction
(July 21, 2015) In this program, ALA Editions author and veteran Booklist reviewer Jen Baker will discuss how to work with readers to help them find the right books. Booklist Adult Books editor Brad Hooper will share key titles every library should have in their historical fiction collection, and Five Star will share their best new and forthcoming historical fiction titles.
Book Group Crystal Ball (July 14, 2015) Join Kaite Mediatore Stover, Director of Readers' Services at the Kansas City Public Library, and representatives from Harper Collins, Random House, Shadow Mountain, and Sourcebooks for this free, hour-long presentation of great books for discussion.
Library Love for Library Reads
(June 16, 2015)
Library Reads is a librarian-driven venture where public library staff can help build word-of-mouth for new books. Library Reads Steering Committee member Stephanie Chase (Hillsboro Public Library) discusses the initiative and representatives from HarperCollins, Penguin Library Marketing, Random House Library Marketing, and W. W. Norton share forthcoming titles perfect for public libraries and for your Library Reads nominations.
Virtual Storytime: Disney Publishing Preview at Your Desk (June 11, 2015) Want to hear about some great new books? Better yet, how about hearing the books themselves – read by their authors! Join us for a free sneak peek at some of Disney Publishing’s biggest titles, featuring their amazing authors – including Mo Willems & Tony DiTerlizzi, Tom Angleberger, Alexandra Bracken, Gregory Funaro, Ryan Higgins, Adam Mansbach & Alan Zweibel, Margaret Stohl, and Tamara Ireland Stone.
Hooray for Books! Reading Initiatives and Celebrations
(June 2, 2015) From summer reading clubs to El día de los niños/El día de los libros and more, public libraries show children that reading is something to cheer about. Join Children’s Services Today: A Practical Guide for Librarians (Rowman & Littlefield, 2015) author Jeanette Larson (Texas Woman’s University) for a free, hour-long webinar full of practical information for planning and developing reading initiatives and library programs that harness the power of reading.
Discovering Great Mysteries Hidden in Plain Sight
(May 19, 2015)
Booklist and ALA Editions have teamed up for a series of free, hour-long readers’ advisory webinars, featuring content experts in various genres. Up first, ALA Editions author (The Readers' Advisory Guide to Mystery) and veteran Booklist reviewer, John Charles, will reveal the secrets of working with readers to help them find the right books. Then representatives from Books on Tape, Penguin Random House, Poisoned Pen Press, and Seventh Street Books will share their best new and forthcoming crime-fiction titles for your patrons.
We’ve Got Diverse Books: New Multicultural Titles for Children and Teens
(May 14, 2015) The call for diverse children’s literature has never been louder, but multicultural books are still often hard to find. This hour-long, free webinar will feature representatives from Annick Press, Lee & Low Books, Lorimer, and Second Story Press, who will present new multicultural titles perfect for enriching the diversity of your library’s youth collection.
What We’re Reading for Fall 2015: Staff Favorites from Penguin Random House Library Marketing
(May 12, 2015) Join Booklist for this hour-long webinar with the Penguin Random House Library Marketing staff as they share their top picks for Fall 2015. Find out what new books made their TBR piles and get the inside scoop on their predictions for the fall’s sleeper hits and blockbuster bestsellers. Booklist Adult Books senior editor Donna Seaman will also offer her selections of not-to-be-missed Penguin Random House titles from the forthcoming season.
Fresh Picks for the Common Core
(May 5, 2015) In this free, hour-long webinar, librarians and educators will find the latest titles and resources designed to help implement the common core state standards across subject and grade levels. Moderated by Booklist’s Books for Youth Associate Editor, Julia Smith, and sponsored by DK Publishing, Holiday House, Listening Library, and Lee & Low Books.
Makerspaces, Hacking Fashion, and e-Textiles
(April 30, 2015) Are you looking for ways to expand your library’s makerspace offerings and appeal to the creative people in your community whose interests aren’t served by 3D printers or robots? Join Booklist and Cherry Lake Publishing for this webinar featuring Kristin Fontichiaro, clinical assistant professor at the University of Michigan School of Information, who will talk about the power and potential of fashion-centered making. With simple instructions and inexpensive tools, your patrons and students can upcycle inexpensive thrift store purchases as raw materials for custom maker creations.
Killer Crime Fiction for Mystery Month
(April 28, 2015) Booklist’s sixth annual Mystery Month is coming this May, and we kick things off with our ever-popular mystery webinar. Representatives from HarperCollins, Pegasus Books, Penguin Random House, Severn House, and Soho Crime will help you prepare as they share the most exciting titles from their new and forthcoming lists.
Let's Hear It for Middle-Grade
(April 21, 2015) Tune in for the latest in middle-grade reading from Annick Press, Bloomsbury, Disney Book Group, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Books for Young Readers, and Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group. In this free, hour-long program moderated by Booklist Associate Editor Sarah Hunter, representatives from each publisher will share their up-and-coming titles exclusively for the middle-grade set.
Look to the Stars: New SF/Fantasy for Your Library
(April 14, 2015) Join us for this free, hour-long webinar where representatives from ChiZine, Riptide Publishing, and Tor Teen will share excellent science fiction and fantasy titles for that sought-after section of the public library collection. Moderated by Booklist's Adult Books editor Brad Hooper.
Agents: The Gateway to Author Engagement at Your Library and Beyond
(April 9, 2015) Join Booklist and New Leaf Literary & Media agents for an hour-long, free webinar that will discuss the role of a literary agent, as well as describing how librarians, teachers, and booksellers can work directly with agents to forge relationships between authors and readers. Panelists will share examples of working with their YA authors and explain how they've connected with schools, libraries, and bookstores to coordinate events, panels, special mailings, social media interaction, and more.
Youth Announcements: Ready for Summer Reads
(April 7, 2015) Join Booklist for this free, hour-long webinar where representatives from Albert Whitman & Company, Tommy Nelson, and Zonderkids will share titles perfect for your younger patrons and the long, warm days of summer. Moderated by Booklist’s Books for Youth Acting editor Keir Graff.
The Scoop on Series Nonfiction: New Titles for Spring 2015
(March 17, 2015) A continuation of our popular series of webinars on series nonfiction for youth featuring presentations from three publishers in the field: 12-Story Library, DK Publishing, and Penguin Young Readers. Moderated by Booklist Books for Youth Associate Editor Julia Smith.
Transition to Digital: Integrating eBooks and Educational Technology in Schools
(March 12, 2015) School and district librarians are helping teachers meet the growing demand for technology in the classroom by adding digital reading options across all subjects and reading levels into the curriculum. Join Booklist and OverDrive for this webinar where Jay Greenlinger, Director of Instructional Technology at Pleasant Valley School District (CA), will share techniques and tips for successfully integrated eBooks into the classroom.
Genealogy Research at the Library: How to Get the Most out of Library Resources
(March 10, 2015) Almost all public libraries offer the library edition of popular ancestry resources, but not many provide in-depth training on how staff can help patrons use those resources. In this informative webinar based on her book Genealogy: A Practical Guide for Librarians (Rowman & Littlefield, 2015), Katherine Pennavaria will cover those basics and answer questions about doing genealogy research, and also show you how to search ancestry resources like a pro.
Make Way for Manga, Comics, and Graphic Novels
(March 3, 2015) Need recommendations for expanding your graphic novels section? Representatives from DC Entertainment, Nobrow, Udon, and Viz Media will book talk their upcoming titles for adults and teens in this hour-long program. Moderated by Booklist’s Books for Youth associate editor Sarah Hunter.
Myth Masters: A Conversation with Holly Black, Kate Elliott, and Barry Lyga
(February 26, 2015) Join three of modern Science Fiction and Fantasy’s most prestigious authors as they discuss their craft. Holly Black, Kate Elliott and Barry Lyga will talk about how they create new worlds, the important role myth plays in Young Adult literature, and how discussions of identity and community in speculative stories help teens makes a place for themselves in their own environments.
YA Announcements: Fresh Titles for Teens
(February 24, 2015) Watch this hour-long webinar for a preview of this year’s hotly anticipated YA releases from Bloomsbury, Disney Book Group, Harlequin Teen, Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group, and Running Press Kids/Weinstein Books, perfect for your teen readers. Moderated by Booklist's Books for Youth (Acting) Editor Keir Graff.
Building Digital Readers: Integrating Best Practices to Support Literacy
(January 22, 2015)
Learn about Baker & Taylor’s award-winning literacy platform in
this hour-long webinar.
KnowledgePoint transforms the digital reading experience for students and can help districts prepare students to build college and career readiness skills to succeed, align to the instructional reading shifts for text complexity mastery, provide personalized reading libraries of lexiled nonfiction and fiction text for citing text-based evidence, and more.
Fostering Success through Inquiry, Synthesis, and Higher Standards
(January 20, 2015)
Join Booklist and Scholastic Library Publishing for an hour-long webinar where Paige Jaeger, School Library Media Specialist and Educational Administrator, shares strategies for developing inquiry-based learning skills and
preparing students for college, and explains
how those skills can triage the growing challenge around increasing student engagement, achievement, and thought.
Reluctant Reader Resources from Lerner Publishing Group
(January 13, 2015)
In this hour-long webinar, esteemed authors Stephanie Perry Moore and Patrick Jones discuss the new high-low series they’ve written for spring 2015 and field questions about writing for reluctant readers. Lerner panelists provide information on title selection and book features included in Lerner’s quality, high-interest print and digital reluctant reader titles for Grades 1-12. Moderated by Booklist’s Books for Youth associate editor Sarah Hunter.
(December 4, 2014)
Whether your patrons realize it or not, they are counting on you to ensure that their personal data remains private when they use the library. As more information is collected, shared, and mined, the ability to understand and manage information privacy has become a necessity. In this informative webinar based on her book Information Privacy Fundamentals for Librarians and Information Professionals, (Rowman & Littlefield, 2014), Cherie L. Givens – a Certified Information Privacy Professional and privacy consultant – will introduce key concepts and answer questions.
Expanding Your E-Book Collection with Nonfiction from Britannica
(November 18, 2014)
While much of the e-book buzz is about fiction, there are plenty of good reasons to think about the nonfiction in your e-collections as well. What kinds of titles are good ones with which to start your collection? In this compelling webinar, Sara Torpey, Manager of Curriculum Specialists at Britannica Digital Learning, will explore how and why librarians should build their non-fiction and reference collections though e-books, and will give ideas for how to increase buy-in and use, particularly in school library settings.
Reaching Students with ProQuest's Research Companion
(November 11, 2014) ProQuest's Research Companion—which consists of video-based tutorials and simple yet powerful interactive tools—was built to teach students how to do scholarly research, preparing them for college and career. Learn how the recent addition of an assessment feature makes Research Companion the one-stop shop for all your information literacy needs and to hear about the great success librarian Deborah Sherry had after adopting Research Companion in her high school library.
What We’re Reading: Staff Favorites from Penguin Random House Library Marketing
(November 6, 2014) Join the Penguin Random House Library Marketing staff as they share their top picks for spring 2015. Find out what new books made their TBR piles and get the inside scoop on their predictions for next year’s sleeper hits and blockbuster bestsellers. Booklist Adult Books senior editor Donna Seaman will also offer her selections of not-to-be-missed Penguin Random House titles from the forthcoming season.
Fall into a Good Mystery
(October 28, 2014) As the weather turns colder, it’s time to cozy up with a pulse-pounding read. Join representatives from Macmillan, Oceanview Publishing, Penguin Random House, and Soho Crime who will preview the most important mysteries and thrillers from their forthcoming lists. Moderated by Booklist Online editor Keir Graff.
Let's Read! New Books for the Newest Readers
(October 16, 2014) Get children excited about reading with an impressive array of picture books and early readers from Capstone Publishing, HarperCollins Children’s Books, and Holiday House. Find books that readers can love for a lifetime in this free, hour-long webinar, moderated by Booklist Books for Youth senior editor Ilene Cooper.
The Scoop on Series Nonfiction: More New Titles for Fall 2014
(October 14, 2014) Don’t miss this free, hour-long continuation of our popular series of webinars on series nonfiction for youth featuring presentations from three of the top publishers in this booming field: Reference Point Press, Amicus Publishing and Black Rabbit Books. Moderated by Booklist Books for Youth Senior Editor Daniel Kraus.
Marketing and Social Media: A Primer for Public Libraries (October 9, 2014) Your patrons’ desire for responsiveness and interaction on social media can be transformed into a dynamic marketing tool for your library. Join Marketing and Social Media: A Guide for Libraries, Archives, and Museums (Rowman & Littlefield 2014) co-authors Christie Koontz (Florida State University LIS program) and Lorri Mon (Florida State University iSchool) for a free, hour-long webinar full of examples and steps on how to recognize stakeholders, create goals, plan and execute an effective social media campaign, and evaluate its success.
Beyond 3D Printers: Strategies for Makerspace Success Archive
(October 7, 2014) While digital fabrication tools can be a robust part of a library makerspace, they're not the only options. From lanyards to laser cutters and crochet to coding, all kinds of crafts and skills are welcome in makerspaces. Kristin Fontichiaro, clinical assistant professor at the University of Michigan School of Information, discusses strategies to help create a maker culture in your library that welcomes and supports all patrons and their creations.
From Inspiration to Illustration: The Art of Penguin Picture Books (October 2, 2014) Join Booklist and Penguin Young Readers to hear from four talented illustrators with new summer and fall 2014 titles. Listen as each illustrator discusses their artistic process, inspiration, and latest work: G. Brian Karas on As An Oak Tree Grows, Loren Long on Otis and the Scarecrow, Lori Nichols on Maple & Willow Together, Divya Srinivasan on Little Owl’s Day.
Worlds Away: New SF/Fantasy for Fall and Beyond (September 30, 2014) The twin genres of science fiction and fantasy remain hugely popular, supplying readers with the steady stream of new authors and titles they desire. Join representatives from Baen Books, Riptide Publishing, and Tor Books who will undoubtedly add more favorite authors and fantastic titles to your patrons’ to-be-read lists in this hour-long, free webinar.
Prepared for Digital? Successfully Integrating E-books from Your Library to the Classroom
(September 23, 2014) Whether you have integrated e-books throughout your school and fully capitalized on all the benefits of digital, or you have plans to do so, join Booklist and OverDrive for this webinar. Librarians and educators share how they started their e-book collections, what their goals were, and how they effectively integrated e-books and other digital media throughout the school.
Embracing the Next Generation Science Standards (September 11, 2014) Change is scary, but it's also exciting! Join Dr. Harry Rosvally, STEM Curriculum Administrator of the Danbury Public Schools and past president of the Connecticut Science Supervisors Association (CSSA) 2009-2012, as he discusses the evolution of the Next Generation Science Standards, how to go about embracing them, and solutions for implementing. Sponsored by Scholastic Library Publishing and moderated by Booklist senior editor Daniel Kraus.
Variety is the Spice of Romance (September 9, 2014) The romance genre has never been more diverse in its approaches to telling stories of obstacles to love and love’s triumph. Join Booklistfor an hour-long webinar with Baker Publishing Group, HarperCollins, Riptide Publishing, Samhain Publishing, and Sourcebooks for a look at forthcoming romances for every reader. Moderated by Booklist’s Adult Books senior editor Donna Seaman.
The Art of Narrating an Audiobook
(September 4, 2014) Booklist and Recorded Books present Audie award-winning narrator of over 500 audiobooks Johnny Heller. Learn about the making of an audiobook and hear a lively Q&A and live readings from some of Heller’s best work. Moderated by Booklist Audio editor Joyce Saricks.
The Scoop on Series Nonfiction: What’s New for Fall 2014
(August 19, 2014) A free, hour-long continuation of our popular series of webinars on series nonfiction for youth featuring presentations from three of the top publishers in this booming field: The Creative Company, Lerner Publishing Group, and Teacher Created Materials Library.
YA Announcements: Fresh for Fall
(August 12, 2014) Sneak a peek at this fall’s hotly anticipated YA releases in a free, hour-long webinar. Representatives from Bloomsbury, Disney Book Group, Egmont USA, Lerner Publishing Group, and Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group will share upcoming titles that will have teen readers lining up at the door.
New Adult Fiction: An Evolving Genre
(August 5, 2014) Booklist is dedicated to covering the entire New Adult world from a rich and exciting multiplicity of perspectives to help librarians reach those all-important readers between the ages of 18 and 30. Hear from representatives from Harlequin, Luminis Books, Medallion Media Group, and Riptide Publishing. Moderated by Adult Books senior editor Donna Seaman.
Book Clubs Abuzz: Great Reads for Summer and Beyond
(July 22, 2014) Whether set in your local public library with community members or in a friend’s living room over a glass of wine, book clubs remain as popular as ever! Watch this free, hour-long webinar with representatives from HarperCollins, Macmillan, Random House, and Sourcebooks to get a long list of fabulous titles for your book group. Moderated by Booklist’s Adult Books editor Brad Hooper.
Reading Ahead: Highly Anticipated Fall and Winter Titles
(July 8, 2014) Summer’s just started, but before you know it, patrons will be putting away the beach reads and looking for new titles that they can cozy up with in the fall. Be prepared by joining Booklist and Harlequin for this webinar, featuring Harlequin’s exciting lineup of incredible trade paperback titles that range from contemporary women’s fiction, spellbinding historicals, page-turning mysteries and, of course—a little romance.
Celebrating Civil Rights in Books for Youth
(June 10, 2014) 2014 marks 50 years since both Freedom Summer and the signing of the Civil Rights Act, which outlaws discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, or national origin. This free, hour-long webinar honors this watershed anniversary by highlighting stand-out titles for kids and teens. Gillian Engberg, Books for Youth Editorial Director, will moderate presentations by representatives from Boyds Mills Press, Holiday House, Listening Library/Random House, and Scholastic.
Dazzling Debuts III: Discover Them First(June 3, 2014) Join Booklist and Random House Library Marketing for a free, hour-long webinar where you’ll meet hot new names in adult fiction sure to be popular at your library this summer and beyond! Hear from Marie-Helene Bertino (2 A.M. AT THE CAT’S PAJAMAS), Allen Eskens (THE LIFE WE BURY), Jennifer Murphy (I LOVE YOU MORE), and Chrysler Szarlan (THE HAWLEY BOOK OF THE DEAD) about their novels, the writing process, and the inspiration behind their works. Moderated by Booklist’s Collection Management editor Rebecca Vnuk.
The Future of Mystery Fiction(May 20, 2014) Hear four innovative indie publishers share new reading from their forthcoming lists. After this presentation, you'll have more great titles to offer your patrons, and plenty for your own to-be-read pile! Keir Graff, editor of Booklist Online, joins representatives from Hard Case Crime, Le French Book, Open Road Media, and Seventh Street Books.
The Play’s the Thing(on Audio) (May 15, 2014) Stacy Keach—an accomplished actor of stage and screen—and L.A. Theatre Works’s Producing Director Susan Loewenberg discuss what it’s like to record plays live. Kaite Stover, Director of Readers' Services from the Kansas City Public Library offers tips on introducing listening experiences to your patrons. Moderated by Audio Publishers’ Association President Michele Cobb.
Reaching All Readers: New Multicultural Books for Children and Teens(May 13, 2014) The majority of children now born in the U.S. are of non-Caucasian descent, but it can be a challenge to find books for young readers that reflect those richly diverse demographics. In this webinar, representatives from Groundwood Books, Lee and Low Books, Lorimer, and Tuttle Publishing will discuss the state of multicultural publishing and present new titles for children and teens.
Springing into Youth Nonfiction(May 8, 2014) Join representatives from Annick Press, Free Spirit Publishing, and Listening Library/Random House who introduce nonfiction titles for middle-grade and high-school readers and listeners. Moderated by Booklist senior editor, Ilene Cooper.
Growing Your Graphic Novels Section: New Comics and Manga for Your Shelves(May 6, 2014) Get the scoop on hot new graphic novels for adults and teens, as well as a few highlighted children’s titles. Representatives from DC Entertainment, Random House, and Viz Media will book talk their upcoming titles, and librarian expert Eva Volin, of the Alameda Free Library, will offer additional insight. Moderated by Booklist Books for Youth associate editor Sarah Hunter.
Mysteries and Thrillers: Pulse-Pounding Picks for Your Patrons(April 29, 2014) Booklist continues to provide unparalleled guidance to the wide world of crime fiction through our May Is Mystery Month showcase and our can’t-miss webinar that kicks it all off each year. Join Keir Graff, editor of Booklist Online, and representatives from Five Star, HarperCollins, Macmillan, Random House, and Severn House for a look at the biggest books from their forthcoming lists.
How to Connect e-Books and Students: A Starter Kit for Educators(April 22, 2014) Join Booklist and OverDrive for this webinar, in which two school librarians discuss how they started their e-book collections, how they overcame challenges along the way, and what they learned from other implementation success stories. Moderated by Booklist’s Books for Youth editorial director Gillian Engberg.
The Scoop on Series Nonfiction: What’s New for Spring 2014(April 15, 2014) A continuation of our popular series of webinars on series nonfiction for youth featuring presentations from five of the top publishers in this booming field: Capstone, DK Publishing, Lerner Publishing Group, Rosen Publishing, and Scholastic Library Publishing. Moderated by Booklist senior editor Daniel Kraus.
Literacy Solutions for Struggling Readers: High-Interest Fiction and the Common Core(April 8, 2014) In order to reach struggling readers, teachers and librarians need to be responsive and adaptive. Additionally, the Common Core asks that students are comfortable with a wide range of text formats. Representatives from Orca Book Publishers and Saddleback Educational Publishing offer Common Core-linked suggestions for sharing high-interest fiction with struggling readers, as well as solutions that can work in multiple formats, from print and audio to multi-user ebooks and digital reading aids. Moderated by Booklist’s Books for Youth editorial director Gillian Engberg.
Making Their Debut: Four First-Time Authors Talk about Terrific New Books(April 3, 2014) Be the first to hear from four debut authors already getting plenty of buzz! Elizabeth Rose Stanton, Makiia Lucier, Rebecca Behrens, and Sara Polsky will introduce their new standout titles, discuss their writing process, and talk about what it's like to be published. Presented by New Leaf Literary & Media, and sponsored by Albert Whitman, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Books for Young Readers, and Sourcebooks.
Have No Fear, Poetry is Here (Again!): Getting Children and Young Adults Excited about Poetry
(April 1, 2014) Join us for an hour-long, free webinar with Poetry Foundation’s Library Director Katherine Litwin and Youth Services Assistant Mairead Case who will discuss tips and techniques for developing poetry collections and designing exciting programming for children and young adult patrons. Moderated by Booklist’s Adult Books senior editor Donna Seaman.
Weeding Tips: Tackling Fiction
(March 25, 2014) Booklist Reference and Collection Management editor Rebecca Vnuk talks about the many variables of weeding adult fiction, and Simmons College associate professor Amy Pattee covers youth and YA fiction. Representatives from collectionHQ showcase how their transfer tool can identify titles that can be transferred between collections to maximize weeding efforts.
The Must-Have Titles of 2014
(March 18, 2014) Join us for a free, hour-long webinar that will interest and engage you as Harlequin reveals an upcoming lineup of incredible trade paperback titles in 2014. You’ll be enthralled by stories that range from contemporary women’s fiction, spellbinding historicals, page-turning mysteries and, of course—a little romance. Moderated by Booklist’s Reference and Collection Development editor Rebecca Vnuk.
New Common Core Connections
(March 6, 2014) This spring preview of new resources and titles for children and teens will help teachers and librarians implement the standards across subjects and grade levels. Moderated by Booklist’s Books for Youth Editorial Director, Gillian Engberg and sponsored by DK Publishing, HarperCollins Children's Books, Holiday House, and Listening Library.
Reaching Your Patrons in the Digital Age
(March 4, 2014) The role of the public library has changed dramatically as society shifts into the digital age, and technology has provided ample opportunities for librarians to reach out to patrons of all ages in new and exciting ways. Join representatives from Britannica as they discuss new resources that will help your library connect with patrons and the community.
Popular E-books for Your Library
(February 25, 2014) Join Booklist and Open Road Media for a free webinar discussing popular e-books for your library. Representatives from Open Road Media will showcase their much-loved mysteries, classics, romance, science fiction, and children's digital debuts sure to engage your patrons.
YA Announcements: Need-to-Know Titles for Teens
(February 18, 2014) Don’t miss out on the latest and greatest books from Bloomsbury, Disney Book Group, Lerner, Macmillan Children's Publishing Group, and Tor Teen! Representatives will share new fantasy, adventure, romance and other teen-grabbing titles in this free, hour-long webinar moderated by Booklist Book's For Youth senior editor Ilene Cooper.
Hot New Titles for Middle- and High-School Readers
(February 11, 2014) Help your young readers weather the cold with these high-interest new fiction and nonfiction titles aimed at tweens and teens. In this free, hour-long webinar, representatives from Egmont, Reference Point Press, Sourcebooks, and Zondervan will spotlight terrific spring releases for students’ research or personal reading.
Developing Library Collections for Today's Young Adults
(February 4, 2014) Whether your current YA collection needs refreshing or you’re working to create a new separate collection for teens, Simmons College associate professor Amy Pattee will have some useful tips for you. Join us for this free, hour-long webinar based on Pattee’s book Developing Library Collections for Today's Young Adults for Scarecrow Press’s new library science line.
New Audios for the New Year
(January 9, 2014) A new year deserves a new list of listens! Join us for this free, hour-long webinar where representatives from Harper Audio, HighBridge Audio, and LA Theatre Works will discuss their new and upcoming audiobooks sure to start your year off right. Moderated by Booklist columnist and audiobook expert Mary Burkey.
Common Core 101: Understanding the Basics
(December 10, 2013) In the sea of resources about the Common Core State Standards (CCSS), it can be easy to miss what’s most essential: a basic explanation of what the standards are, how they are structured, and the themes that run throughout. Presented with the elementary-school librarian in mind, this hour-long webinar sponsored by Capstone offers attendees a chance to develop a practical understanding of the standards and how librarians are uniquely positioned to support them.
E-Books in Schools: Lessons Learned from A to Z
(November 5, 2013) It's time for school libraries to move forward with e-book technology, prompting questions that range from funding to implementation to actual usage. In this webinar sponsored by OverDrive, a panel of school librarians discuss their successes with implementing an e-book platform and using e-books in the classroom and school library.
Red-Hot Crime for the Coldest Months
(October 29, 2013) Whether you buy crime fiction for your library or just read it for fun, you’re sure to discover a lengthy list of must-reads and must-listens! Join Keir Graff, editor of Booklist Online, as representatives from Books on Tape, Macmillan, Oceanview, Open Road, and Severn House preview the most exciting books from their forthcoming lists.
Struggling Readers and the Common Core: Improving Literacy in Changing Times
(October 22, 2013) The goal of the Common Core is to accelerate students’ reading achievement to grade level by the end of 2014, but educators can’t begin to make an impact on young adults who are reading below grade level without rich resources to aid them. In this webinar, sponsored by Orca Book Publishers and Saddleback Education, an expert panel will offer tips about how to implement the Common Core State Standards with struggling and striving readers in the middle- and high-school classroom.
More Dazzling Debuts: Discover Them First!
(October 17, 2013) Join Booklist and Random House Library Marketing for a free, hour-long webinar where you’ll meet hot new names in adult fiction sure to be popular at your library Spring of 2014! Hear from Pierce Brown (RED RISING), Ariel Lawhon (THE WIFE, THE MAID, AND THE MISTRESS), Susan Rieger (THE DIVORCE PAPERS), Amy Talkington (LIV FOREVER), and Vivien Shotwell (VIENNA NOCTURNE) about their novels, the writing process, and the inspiration behind their works.
Creating a Makerspace Culture
(October 8, 2013) Some of today’s most incredible innovations are coming from the global community of makers--thinkers, inventors, and programmers sharing information and using technology to push new ideas forward. In this hour-long, free webinar hosted by University of Michigan School of Information professor Kristin Fontichiaro, authors from Cherry Lake Publishing's Makers as Innovators series will share their lessons learned from creating a makerspace culture. Learn tips and secrets to unlocking creative energy, innovation, and action in your library, staff, and patrons
What Not to Weed: Best Practices in Weeding Library Collections
(October 3, 2013) We know weeding library collections can be a tricky task! Representatives from collectionHQ and three librarians discuss recent weeding projects and offer real-life weeding examples. Booklist Reference and Collection Management editor Rebecca Vnuk discusses various pitfalls to avoid and how to manage public perception.
A Passion for Romance
(September 10, 2013) Find out about newly available classics and the most alluring of soon-to-come titles. Romance and genre fiction expert Diana Tixier Herald talks about her favorite romance novels and current trends, and representatives from Baker Publishing Group, HarperCollins Publishers, and Severn House offer exclusive previews of their forthcoming titles.
Trends in YA Books
(August 27, 2013) Stay on top of the latest YA trends in books with this free, hour-long webinar sponsored by Blink. Hear from popular authors as they discuss teens in grief, bullying, dystopian fiction, historical fiction, romance, and paranormal fiction.
Back to School with the Common Core
August 6, 2013)
Whether or not your state has adopted the Common Core State Standards, you’ll find a wealth of terrific tips for linking books to the curriculum in this back-to-school presentation. Preview new and upcoming titles from Albert Whitman & Company, Capstone, DK Publishing, Reference Point Press, and Scholastic Library Publishing.
“I Have a Dream”: An Anniversary Celebration
(July 30, 2013) It's been 50 years since Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his watershed "I Have a Dream" speech to over 250,000 civil rights supporters during the 1963 March on Washington. Hear from award-winning authors and illustrators, including Andrew Aydin, Kadir Nelson, Andrea Davis Pinkney, Brian Pinkney, and Nate Powell, as they discuss their work that honors this historic event. Sponsored by Little Brown Books for Young Readers, Random House Children's Books, and Top Shelf Productions.
Book Group Buzz
(July 16, 2013) Rebecca Vnuk, Reference and Collection Management Editor for Booklist, is joined by representatives from HarperCollins, Random House Library Marketing, and Sourcebooks for a discussion of upcoming and backlist titles that are a perfect fit for adult book groups, as well as a whirlwind tour of must-know websites for book discussion leaders.
New Kids on the Block
(June 18, 2013) Hear from Algonquin Young Readers, Blink/Zondervan, Soho Teen, and Sourcebooks Fire as they present middle grade and YA titles from their new imprints hip to all things tween and teen. Moderated by Booklist’s Books for Youth associate editor Annie Kelley.
Summertime and the Listening Is Easy
(June 11, 2013) Celebrate National Audiobook Month with Booklist and audiobook publishers AudioGO, Books On Tape/Listening Library, Dreamscape Audio, Galaxy Press, and L.A. Theatre Works. Be the first to learn about new summer and fall titles during this hour-long, free webinar as we arm you with audio suggestions for family car trips, summer-reading lists, and more.
Dazzling Debuts: Hot New Names in Fiction
(May 14, 2013) In this hour-long webinar, Random House will introduce four not-to-be-missed names in fiction, sure to be popular at your library this summer. Booklist Collection Management editor Rebecca Vnuk will moderate the panel and interview the authors on their novels, the writing process, and the inspiration behind their works.
Hooking Reluctant Readers with Middle Grade Series
(May 9, 2013) Getting the right books into the hands of reluctant readers makes all the difference in their reading growth. In this hour-long webinar, authors Nick Bruel (Bad Kitty), Tommy Greenwald (Charlie Joe Jackson), Obert Skye (The Creature From My Closet), and Janet Tashjian (My Life As) will discuss their pitch-perfect books for middle grade reluctant readers in a conversation led by Booklist editors, Ilene Cooper and Gillian Engberg.
Worlds of the Imagination: What’s New in SF/Fantasy
(May 7, 2013) Science fiction and fantasy remain greatly popular among genre fiction readers and are gaining new fans fast! Expand your universe without leaving your seat as representatives from Baen, Galaxy Press, Tor, and Tu Books cover titles for all ages. Moderated by Booklist Adult Books editor Brad Hooper.
Thrilling Mysteries: Can’t-Miss Crime Fiction for Spring
(April 30, 2013) May is Mystery Month at Booklist, a time when we indulge our taste for crime. AudioGO, HarperCollins, Macmillan, Poisoned Pen Press, Seventh Street Books, Random House, and Severn House will share the best titles for libraries from their forthcoming lists. Booklist Online editor Keir Graff moderates.
Weeding: The Basics and Beyond
(April 16, 2013) Rebecca Vnuk, Booklist editor for Reference and Collection Management, presents the basics of weeding a collection as outlined in her popular Corner Shelf feature, “Weeding Tips.” Miriam Tuliao of New York Public Library and Mary Cohen of Palos Verdes Library District offer practical advice and discuss the benefits of using collectionHQ.
No Name Calling: Addressing Bullying through Books
(April 2, 2013) This free, hour-long webinar focuses on how children’s and young adult literature can help prevent bullying and features a presentation by Emily Bazelon, author of Sticks and Stones: Defeating the Culture of Bullying and Rediscovering the Power of Character and Empathy (Random House, 2013). Sponsored by Books on Tape/Listening Library, Free Spirit, and Lorimer.
Sustaining Your Green Collection
(March 28, 2013) Books have launched every phase of the environmental movement from Henry David Thoreau to Rachel Carson to Bill McKibben, and today books about sustainability are being publishing at a dizzying rate. Representatives from Chelsea Green Publishing, Storey Publishing, and Timber Press offer guidance in a lively presentation moderated by Booklist senior editor Donna Seaman.
Have No Fear, Poetry is Here!
(March 19, 2013) Booklist teams up with the Poetry Foundation to provide resources, ideas, and support for making the most of your library poetry collection. Catherine Halley, the Poetry Foundation’s Director of Digital Programs, and the foundation’s library director, Katherine Litwin, discuss how audiences of all ages can enjoy poetry through programs, workshops, displays, and more.
Youth Announcements: Spring 2013
(March 15, 2013) Representatives from Owlkids, Groundwood Books, Sleeping Bear Press, Zondervan, and Holiday House will showcase their picture books and middle-grade novels for sharing aloud or for independent reading, as well as exciting new titles for young adults. Moderated by Booklist’s Books for Youth editorial director Gillian Engberg.
Panel Discussion: New Graphic Novels for Libraries and Classrooms
(March 12, 2013) Tune in for a preview of hot spring titles and industry insights from both graphic novel publishers and creators in this free, hour-long webinar moderated by Booklist Books for Youth editorial director Gillian Engberg and featuring a panel of representatives from Kids Can Press, ABDO Publishing, DC Entertainment, and Viz Media.
Promoting Literacy with 21st Century Tools
(March 5, 2013) Students are developing their literacy skills across multiple learning platforms, from databases to e-books and i-books. School librarian Marsha Lambert will address the new ways that students use these materials and what they expect from their library interaction, while representatives from Rosen and Scholastic showcase their digital literacy tools.
Open the Door to the Common Core! Resources & Rants from ABDO
(February 26, 2013) Discussion will focus on ABDO Publishing's new print and multimedia imprint, Core Library, designed with Common Core text prompts for critical reading, thinking, and writing, as well as their eBoost line. Plus, tune in for "The Hidden Library at the Heart of the Common Core Standards" and "The Case for 50-500 Books per Student" based on Standards-related studies and research.
Unpacking the Common Core
(January 22, 2013) Deepen your understanding of the Common Core Standards--particularly the Anchor Standards--and what they mean for students, teachers, and librarians. Learn how Britannica’s wide array of digital resources support the effective implementation of Common Core Standards and complement how you may already be addressing them. Moderated by Booklist’s Reference and Collection Management Editor Rebecca Vnuk.
Great Group Reads All Year Long
(November 29, 2012) Book groups are perennially searching for books and authors to add to the discussion itinerary that will fulfill and challenge their members. Hear about all this and more as authors, bloggers, and representatives from Algonquin, HarperCollins, and Perseus Books Group discuss new titles to inspire and engage. Moderated by Booklist editor Brad Hooper.
A Conversation with Patrick Ness
(November 13, 2012) Hear award-winning author Patrick Ness speak to readers from his hometown in London and answer questions from Booklist senior editor Dan Kraus. Librarians Robin Brenner of the Brookline Public Library (MA) and K.T. Horning of the Cooperative Children’s Book Center at the University of Wisconsin-Madison (WI) show how they’ve used Patrick’s books in their libraries.
Criminally Good: Cool Mysteries for Fall
(November 5, 2012)
Our mystery webinar is back and bigger than ever with a bumper crop of bumping-off. Join Keir Graff, editor of Booklist Online, as representatives from Books on Tape, Five Star, Oceanview Publishing, Random House, Seventh Street, and Severn House preview the most in-demand titles from their forthcoming lists.
Common Core & More: Surprising Reasons to Go Graphic
(October 16, 2012) Whether you are new to graphic novels or a long-time fan, this is the session for you! Join our expert panel for a lively discussion about how you can build on kids’ fascination with graphic novels to meet learning objectives and enhance critical thinking skills, such as prediction and inference. Moderated by Gillian Engberg, Editorial Director of Books for Youth at Booklist Publications.
Common Core State Standards: Getting Ready for K–8 Research
(September 18, 2012)
Whether you’re a public or school librarian, you will be impacted by the rollout of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). The great news for librarians is that research skills and projects are included in CCSS at all grade levels. In this program sponsored by Cherry Lake publishing, learn specific strategies that public and school librarians can employ to become active partners in CCSS implementation, and the Cherry Lake resources that can help you get there. Moderated by Gillian Engberg, Books for Youth editorial director.
Keeping Romance Fresh: Debut Authors and New Trends
(September 11, 2012) Romance Writers of America Librarian of the Year John Charles pairs up with Booklist reference editor Rebecca Vnuk to discuss how to select new romance writers and keep track of new subgenres. Representatives from Sourcebooks and Baker Publishing Group join in to share their best new titles. Moderated by Adult Books senior editor Donna Seaman.
Back to School with Graphic Novels
(August 21, 2012) Josh Elder, founder of Reading with Pictures, discusses the Graphic Textbook, and representatives from ABDO Publishing, Graphic Universe an imprint of Lerner Publishing, and VIZ Media introduce graphic novels for both the classroom and independent reading. Gillian Engberg, Books for Youth editorial director, moderates.
In the News and On the Shelf: Fiction & Nonfiction in Your Book Groups
(July 24, 2012) This free, hour-long webinar will explore numerous ideas for enhancing your book group discussions using book awards, current events, reviews, and technology. Moderator Rebecca Vnuk, Reference and Collection Management Editor for Booklist, will be joined by representatives from Random House and W. W. Norton, as well as Kaite Stover of the Kansas City (MO) Public Library and Lucy Lockley of the St. Charles (MO) City-County Library District.
You’ve Got Male: Great New Books for Boys
(April 3, 2012)
Capturing the attention of the often elusive male reader continues to be a goal of many youth publishers. Join us for a fascinating program moderated by Books for Youth senior editor Daniel Kraus and featuring a panel of representatives from Listening Library, Annick, and Lormier.
Connecting with Struggling Readers: Resources, Tips, and Advice to Engage and Inspire
(January 31, 2012) In this digital age, teachers and librarians need to be on the lookout for new ways to connect with readers, especially those who struggle. Orca Book Publishers and Saddleback Educational Publishing discuss strategies and resources to engage struggling readers that include tips and tricks from the field. Booklist Books for Youth Senior Editor Ian Chipman moderates.
Young Love: YA Romances for Guys and Girls
(January 10, 2012) From steamy vampire stories to realistic tales of first love gone wrong, we offer something for every reader in this free hour-long overview of the genre. You’ll hear about past, present, and future trends from well-known YA librarians Jennifer Hubert Swan and Angelina Benedetti, along with new teen romance titles from Egmont USA. Don’t miss this program, moderated by Gillian Engberg, Booklist's Books for Youth Editorial Director.
Battle Bullying with Books: Celebrate No Name-Calling Week
An hour-long webinar on how high-quality children’s and young adult literature, as well as online resources, can help prevent bullying, including a presentation by James Howe, acclaimed author of
(2001). Sponsored by Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing, Albert Whitman and Company, Rosen Publishing, and Candlewick Press.
Defending the Right to Read: Celebrating Banned Books Week, featuring special guest Judy Blume
This hour-long webinar features a stellar panel of experts discussing book-rating systems, the impact of the Internet on challenges, the effect of censorship on children’s publishing, and how to best prepare for book challenges. Sponsored by Random House Children’s Books.