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Diverse Titles for Youth and Young Adults
(January 30, 2018) Does your collection reflect the varied faces, beliefs, and experiences of your community? Check out Booklist’s free, hour-long webinar spotlighting diverse books for children and teens, wherein attendees will learn about exciting, new offerings from Annick Press, Books on Tape/Listening Library, and Lorimer. Moderated by Books for Youth Associate Editor, Julia Smith.
Mirror, Mirror, Who Do You See in Your Books?
(January 23, 2018) Mirror, mirror, who do you see in your books? Join AASL and Scholastic Books for this free, one-hour webinar where you’ll hear about forthcoming diverse titles. You'll also hear from authors Icy Smith, Ellen Oh, Irene Latham, and Carole Boston Weatherford about how they put themselves into their work to engage all readers. Go beyond Diversity 101 - learn how to take action and become a partner in the conversation about meeting the needs of all readers. Moderated by Booklist Books for Youth associate editor, Maggie Reagan. This webinar is tied to Booklist's 500 Free Subscriptions for School Libraries promotion. To register your school library to receive a free subscription, go to https://www.booklistonline.com/free-school-subscriptions
Presenting the 2018 Carnegie Shortlist
(January 11, 2018) Join Booklist editors and Carnegie Selection Committee members Donna Seaman and Annie Bostrom for this free, hour-long conversation about the six books shortlisted for the 2018 Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction (Jennifer Egan’s Manhattan Beach, George Saunders’ Lincoln in the Bardo, Jesmyn Ward’s Sing, Unburied, Sing, Daniel Ellsberg’s The Doomsday Machine, David Grann’s Killers of the Flower Moon, and Sherman Alexie’s You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me). In addition to discussions of each book and appropriate read-alikes, the program will feature David Grann in conversation with Annie Bostrom, and Nancy Miller, editor of Ellsberg’s The Doomsday Machine, in conversation with Donna Seaman. This webinar is sponsored by Bloomsbury and Penguin Random House. For more information about the Andrew Carnegie Awards, visit http://www.ala.org/awardsgrants/carnegieadult/short-lists.
Morris Award Finalists, 2018
(January 9, 2018)
Join Booklist for this exciting Q&A with four of YALSA's 2018 Morris Award finalists: Nic Stone (Dear Martin), S. F. Henson (Devils Within), S. K. Ali (Saints and Misfits), and Akemi Dawn Bowman (Starfish). This is a free, hour-long webinar moderated by Books for Youth Editor, Dan Kraus. YALSA's Morris award honors a book published by a first-time author writing for teens and celebrating impressive new voices in young adult literature. To learn more about the award visit http://www.ala.org/yalsa/morris-award
Must-Have Middle Grade: Librarian Tips and Tricks
(November 28, 2017) Middle-grade books are all the rage, and this free, hour-long webinar will tell you all you need to know about upcoming titles from Simon & Schuster and Sourcebooks. Featuring youth services librarian Kay Weisman and moderated by Books for Youth associate editor, Maggie Reagan.
New Youth Nonfiction for Winter and Beyond
(November 14, 2017) This free, one-hour webinar will explore new nonfiction titles for preschool to young adult readers. You’ll hear about new picture books, coding and STEAM titles, and online resources for educators from Books on Tape/Listening Library, Simon & Schuster, DK, Holiday House, and IPG. This webinar is moderated by Books for Youth Editor, Dan Kraus.
Picture This! Great New Picture Books
(November 7, 2017) What's the best way to foster a love of reading in younger (and sometimes older) children? Picture books! Join us and publishers from Sterling Books, Albert Whitman, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Tundra Books, and Owlkids for a first look at terrific new books. Titles discussed will range from board books for ages 0 – 3 to picture books for up to age 8. Moderated by Booklist’s Books for Youth contributing editor, Ilene Cooper.
Penguin Random House Staff Picks Spring 2018
(November 3, 2017) The Penguin Random House Library Marketing staff share their top picks for Spring 2018. Find out what new books made their TBR piles and get their predictions for upcoming sleeper hits and blockbuster bestsellers. Live attendees will be entered for a chance to win one of fifty “Borrow.Read.Repeat.” tote bags filled with ARCs! This webinar will be moderated by Booklist’s Associate Editor, Adult Books Annie Bostrom.
Winter is Coming: Stocking Your SNF Shelves
(October 27, 2017) Report season is upon us, and lucky for you, Amicus, The Creative Company Lerner, Mason Crest, and Teacher Created Materials are here to help you survive it. In this free, hour-long webinar, they will present their new Fall 2017 releases, which may include tips on weathering a zombie apocalypse or makerspace mania. Join us to find out! Moderated by Booklist Books for Youth associate editor, Julia Smith.
Pulse-Pounding Mysteries for Fall
(October 24, 2017) Leaves are turning yellow, orange, and . . . blood red. Heat up your autumn with the most exciting new and forthcoming crime fiction from sponsors Books on Tape/Listening Library, Dundurn, Macmillan, HMH, and Soho. This webinar will be moderated by Keir Graff, Executive Editor of Booklist Publications (who promises he won’t rat you out if some of these titles end up on your personal TBR pile).
Expanding Access to Digital Resources by Sharing
(October 17, 2017) With funds always tight, you may assume a digital reading platform is out of reach for your school or district. Think again. Join Booklist and Overdrive for this eye-opening webinar where you’ll hear how the Southwest Educational Development Center (UT) delivers eBooks and audiobooks to schools across six districts with an affordable shared collection. Don’t miss out – register today! This webinar is free and will last one-hour. Moderated by Booklist adult books associate editor, Annie Bostrom.
From Puttering to Prototype in Makerspaces: Using Design Thinking with Elementary and Middle School Students
(October 3, 2017) If you're growing restless with kids who putter but don't seem to finish, or if you're looking to make stronger curriculum connections in your makerspace, consider layering the design thinking process to your program. First designed for use in advertising and product design, design thinking is a problem-solving process that prioritizes empathy, research, testing, and iterating. It keeps the student work open-ended, which is critical to maker mindset, while providing a thinking framework that can have powerful impact on how students interact with their world. Design thinking can be used with a wide variety of tools and media, including sewing, cardboard construction, coding, video game design, engineering, and more. In this webinar, we'll examine the design-thinking process and share some strategies, supports, and starter ideas to get you going. Led by Kristin Fontichiaro, Clinical Associate Professor, University of Michigan School of Information and Series Editor, Cherry Lake Publishing. Moderated by Booklist Books for Youth senior editor, Sarah Hunter.
Series Nonfiction to Know for Your Library
(September 27, 2017) Join Booklist for this free, hour-long webinar where attendees will get an overview of what's new for Fall 2017 from series nonfiction mainstays Cavendish Square Publishing, Enslow Publishing, Gareth Stevens Publishing, and Rosen Publishing. Moderated by Booklist Books for Youth Editor Daniel Kraus.
Recorded Books You Should Know, Upcomign Audios, Fall 2017
(September 21, 2017) Need something new to recommend your patrons listen to this fall? Hear from one of the major audiobook publishers in the country—Recorded Books—about their upcoming adult titles from their fall catalog, ranging from fiction to nonfiction. Brian Sweany, Recorded Books Director of Acquisitions, will present, with a guest appearance from Therese Plummer, two-time Audie nominee for her work on Robyn Carr’s The Wanderer and Carson McCuller’s The Ballad of the Sad Café,. Moderated by Booklist associate editor for adult books, Annie Bostrom. Booklist webinars are free and last one hour.
What's Cooking for Fall 2017
(September 19, 2017) What better way to try out a new cookbook than finding it at your local library? Whether they’re looking for great recipes, amazing food photography, a cookbook for a special diet, or all of the above, patrons love browsing their library for their next favorite cookbook. Join Booklist for this free, hour-long webinar and hear about all the appetizing new titles from Ingram (American Diabetes Association, Hoffman Media, and Turner Publishing), Penguin Random House, Sterling Publishing, and Workman Publishing Company. Moderated by Booklist’s adult books associate editor, Annie Bostrom.
Why eBooks? Best Practices from School Librarians
(September 14, 2017) If you’re like 86 percent of the school librarians we surveyed, you’re constantly looking for new and improved ways to grow an eBook collection that engages your users. Join our free, one-hour webinar to hear how some of your colleagues are accomplishing this and more. Library media specialist, Lorrie Roussin, and middle-school librarian, Alicia Blowers, will share how they successfully implemented eBook programs into their schools. From Gale, Andrea Drouillard will offer tips on budget-friendly ways to curate an eBook collection. Lastly, Booklist editor, Eugenia Williamson, will provide results from our survey about eBook collection development and additional best practices from Booklist’s and Gale’s insights brief. As a bonus for attending the webinar, you’ll receive a copy of our new insights brief detailing best practices for eBook collection development.
(September 12, 2017) The romance genre is livelier and full of more surprises, delights, and inspiration than ever before. Join us for a seductive scoop preview of forthcoming romance titles presented by representatives from HarperCollins, Baker Publishing, Harlequin and Shadow Mountain, and moderated by Booklist’s Editor for Adult Books, Donna Seaman.
Top Ten Tips for Managing Reference Today
(September 7, 2017) This free, one-hour webinar presents creative, practical ways to not only improve reference service, but make it more efficient. Presenter Kay Cassell, author of Managing Reference Today: New Models and Best Practices, moves beyond the reference desk and presents proven tips for making the best use of staff time and posits a framework for developing a reference strategy tailored to an individual library's users and resources.
Back to School, 2017
(August 29, 2017) Vacation may be over but it’s never to time to stop reading or listening to great books. Representatives from Lerner Publishing, Holiday House, and Books on Tape/Listening Library, a division of Penguin Random House will introduce great new titles that will keep kids excited about reading and support the curriculum. As a bonus, Kristin Pekoll from ALA’s Office of Intellectual Freedom will give participants a preview of what’s planned for Banned Books Week, and show you how to promote the freedom to read. Moderated by Books for Youth contributing editor, Ilene Cooper.
Good Reads for Reluctant Readers
(August 22, 2017) Finding the right book for a daunted or disinterested reader can be tough. These books will open the door for even the most reluctant. This webinar features representatives from Black Rabbit Books, Lorimer, Chooseco (Choose Your Own Adventure) and Running Press Kids, who will discuss their upcoming titles, perfect for your reluctant readers in grades 3 - 12. This is a free, one-hour webinar moderated by Books for Youth Associate Editor, Julia Smith.
Making Time for Middle Grade
(August 15, 2017) Books for middle-graders are flourishing, and this free, hour-long webinar will give you a chance to see what’s in the pipeline. Join Penguin Children’s Publishing, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Fabled Films Press, and Skyhorse for a preview of new titles for your middle-grade readers. Moderated by Books for Youth associate editor, Maggie Reagan.
Fall YA Announcements
(August 8, 2017) Get the inside scoop on this fall’s forthcoming YA titles in this free, hour-long webinar, featuring representatives from Disney, Harlequin Teen, Macmillan Youth, Macmillan Adult, and Sourcebooks. Moderated by Books for Youth Senior Editor, Sarah Hunter.
Great Book-Group Reads
(August 2, 2017) The right book can be just the thing to make your book-group discussions come alive. Join us for this free, one-hour webinar where representatives from Sourcebooks, Bloomsbury, and Macmillan will discuss forthcoming and backlist titles that are sure-to-be hits with book groups around the country. This webinar features mostly adult books with a few YA titles as well. Moderated by Annie Bostrom, Associate Editor, Adult Books at Booklist.
Out of This World! New SF, Fantasy, & Horror Books
(July 25, 2017) Take a tour of the hottest forthcoming SF, Fantasy, & Horror titles in this galaxy! In this free, one-hour webinar, representatives from Talos and Night Shade Books (imprints of Skyhorse Publishing) and Tor Teen present their upcoming fall and winter 2017 titles, perfect for ages 14 - Adult. Guest speaker Dan Kraus will discuss trends in horror. Moderated by Rebecca Vnuk.
Enticing Book Club Picks
(July 18, 2017) Be prepared with exciting book club recommendations. Join us for this lively presentation of appealing and diverse selections by representatives from William Morrow, Workman Adult, Norton and Penguin Random House. This free, one-hour webinar will be hosted by Donna Seaman, Editor, Adult Books, Booklist.
Developing and Supporting Your LGBTQ Collection
(June 15, 2017) Join Booklist and Gale, a Cengage Company, for this free webinar on the importance of LGBTQ titles in your library’s collection. You'll hear from Kristin Pekoll, assistant director of ALA’s Office for Intellectual Freedom, who reviews how LGBTQ books can serve an underrepresented population and how to protect these titles from censorship, along with information about self-censorship and tools to empower librarians in their purchasing decisions. Deb Sica, chair of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual & Transgender Round Table of the ALA and regional manager of Vallejo Libraries, Solano County Library (CA), speaks to the essentialness of offering invisible resources to the LGBTQ community. Finally, Booklist columnist and reviewer Michael Cart discusses curating a core collection of LGBTQ materials. Moderated by Booklist Associate Editor, Adult Books, Annie Bostrom.
50 Years of YA: Part 2
(June 13, 2017) Our year-long celebration reaches its zenith with several events, including this two-part webinar extravaganza featuring speakers from Little, Brown and Company, Penguin Young Readers, Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing and Scholastic, as well as authors Traci Chee (Penguin Young Readers), Libba Bray (Little, Brown & Company), Shaun David Hutchinson (Simon & Schuster), and Francisco Stork (Scholastic). Join us and hear what they have to say about the past, present, and future of YA lit. This is a free, one-hour webinar moderated by Booklist Books for Youth Editor, Dan Kraus.
W. W. Norton's Liveright Celebrates 100th Anniversary
(June 8, 2017) In a rare, behind-the-scenes glimpse into the publishing world, Bob Weil, Editor-in-Chief and Publishing Director of Liveright (a division of W. W. Norton & Company), speaks with Booklist Adult Books Editor Donna Seaman about Liveright’s rich, century-long association with such literary masters as E. E. Cummings, Gertrude Stein, Jean Toomer, T.S. Eliot, and William Faulkner. Weil also discusses Liveright’s ongoing commitment to publishing outstanding works that define and redefine our culture, provoke interest, and inspire readers around the world.
What's more, author David Baron talks about the history of eclipses and his new book, American Eclipse: A Nation's Epic Race to Catch the Shadow of the Moon and Win the Glory of the World. Editors Katie Adams, Marie Pantojan, and Bob Weill highlight the best of new summer and fall titles.
50 Years of YA: Part 1
(June 6, 2017) Our year-long celebration reaches its zenith with several events, including a two-part webinar extravaganza. Part 1 features authors Chris Crutcher (HarperCollins Children’s Books), Deborah Heiligman (Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group), and David Levithan (Random House Children’s Books). Tune in to hear what they have to say about the past, present, and future of YA lit. Moderated by Booklist Books for Youth Editor Dan Kraus.
Listen Up! New Audiobooks for Summer and Beyond
(May 23, 2017) Looking for new audiobooks to suggest to your listeners? Join Booklist and representatives from HarperAudio, Simon & Schuster Audio, Books on Tape and Listening Library, Recorded Books, and LA Theatre Works to discover the best new audiobooks of the season. Moderated by Audio Editor, Joyce Saricks.
Independents Day for Crime Fiction
(May 18, 2017) Join freewheeling independent publishers Bloomsbury, Hard Case Crime, Seventh Street Books, and SOHO to view a lineup of America’s most wanted mysteries with a preview of their hottest new and forthcoming titles. Moderated by Keir Graff, Executive Editor of Booklist Publications.
Ready to Read! Board Books, Picture Books, & Middle-Grade Novels
(May 16, 2017) Explore new titles for grades PreS – 8: from board books to picture books, to middle-grade novels. Join representatives from Sterling Children’s Books, Faber & Faber, and Sky Pony Press and leave with new titles to inspire young readers. Moderated by Booklist Books for Youth Associate Editor, Julia Smith.
Hot YA Reads, Summer 2017
(May 9, 2017) Get up-to-speed on fresh new titles for young-adult readers, from fantasy, to contemporary realism, to large print titles perfect for reluctant readers. This webinar features representatives from Blink, an imprint of HarperCollins, Harlequin Teen, Thorndike Press, Penguin Young Readers, and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. Moderated by Books for Youth Senior Editor, Sarah Hunter.
of Personal Digital File Management
(April 25, 2017) This webinar discusses some of the most important topics surrounding the management of all of your digital "stuff" including photos, files, and email. Librarians will learn some best practices for file naming and organization--all of which can be shared with their users. How to batch-change file names and keywords and the best backup options will also be included.
Spring the Trap: Mysteries That Won't Let Go
(April 25, 2017) From cozy mysteries to police procedurals to edge-of-your-seat thrillers, this webinar has it all. Join Keir Graff, Executive Editor of Booklist Publications, along with representatives from HarperCollins, House of Anansi, Macmillan, Penguin Random House, and Sourcebooks, for a booktalk that will hold your attention hostage.
How to Make Blended Learning Work in Your School
(April 20, 2017) The blended learning approach is growing in popularity for K-12, but what are the best practices to ensure you achieve its full benefits? Don’t miss this opportunity to gain invaluable insight from Instructional Technology Coach Anne Aita, who shares how she’s helped the Beaufort County Public School District (SC) successfully integrate eBooks and audiobooks into the classroom.
Now Hear This: #LoveAudiobooks
(April 18, 2017) Join celebrated narrators Jayne Entwistle and Kirby Heyborne—alongside the BOT & Listening Library Marketing team—for an audiobook webinar unlike any you’ve ever heard!
Get ready to laugh, learn, and #loveaudiobooks even more. This program features a behind-the-scenes look at how books come to life, including what discoveries happen live in the studio. Plus, hear a taste of Kirby and Jayne's favorite voices they've created along the way! Warning: hilarious secrets could be revealed.
Middle-Grade Reading, Spring 2017
(April 11, 2017) There’s nothing like middle-grade reading to light up a student’s imagination and pave the way for a life of reading. Hear about upcoming middle-grade titles, perfect for grades 1—8, from Macmillan Children’s Publishing, Bloomsbury, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Disney Book Group, and Albert Whitman. Moderated by Books for Youth associate editor, Maggie Reagan.
Spring Picture Books: New Books for the Newest Readers
(April 4, 2017) Is there anything more enticing than picture books to foster a child's love of reading? Discover new titles from publishers Albert Whitman, Charlesbridge, Holt, and Archipelago Books, that get children excited about reading. You also get a behind-the-scenes look at how picture books come together from Christy Ottaviano, who heads her own imprint. Learn about trends in picture books today. Moderated by Booklist Books by Youth editor, Ilene Cooper.
Library Love for LibraryReads: Spring and Summer 2017
(March 28, 2017) LibraryReads is a librarian-driven venture where public library staff can help build word-of-mouth for new books. Hear representatives from HarperCollins, IPG, Norton, Penguin Random House and Touchstone Press, share forthcoming titles perfect for public libraries--and for your LibraryReads nominations! Moderated by Booklist editor for collection management and library outreach, Rebecca Vnuk.
Stellar Series Nonfiction for Youth: Spring 2017
(March 21, 2017) Get an overview of what's new for Spring 2017 from series nonfiction publishing stars: Capstone, Mason Crest, Lerner Publishing, and Amicus Books. Titles presented will range from grades K-12. Moderated by Booklist Books for Youth associate editor, Julia Smith.
Panel Discussion: New Graphic Novels for Your Library
(March 14, 2017) Get the scoop on the latest youth and adult graphic novels and comics in this free, hour-long webinar. Representatives from DC, Macmillan, and IPG share upcoming titles from their catalogs, perfect for refreshing this high-circulating section. Moderated by Graphic Novels Editor, Sarah Hunter.
Series Nonfiction Must-Haves for the School Library
(March 7, 2017) Join Booklist for this free, hour-long webinar where attendees will get an overview of must haves and what's new for Spring 2017 from series nonfiction publishing stars: Cavendish Square Publishing, Enslow Publishing, Gareth Stevens Publishing, and Rosen Publishing. Moderated by Booklist Books for Youth Editor Julia Smith.
Spring YA Announcements, 2017
(February 28, 2017) Get a sneak peek of forthcoming YA titles in this hour-long, free webinar, featuring representatives from Macmillan, Bloomsbury, Disney, and Greenhaven Publishing. Moderated by Books for Youth Editor, Dan Kraus.
Spring Staff Picks from Penguin Random House
(February 24, 2017) The Penguin Random House Library Marketing staff share their top picks for Spring and Summer 2017. Find out what new books made their TBR piles and get the inside scoop on their predictions for this season’s sleeper hits and blockbuster bestsellers. Live attendees will be entered for a chance to win one of fifty “Borrow.Read.Repeat.” tote bags filled with ARCs! This webinar will be moderated by Booklist’s Associate Editor, Adult Books Annie Bostrom.
(February 14, 2017) As stories of bullying fill the news, many teachers, librarians, and parents are looking for helpful resources. In this free, hour-long webinar, representatives from Second Story Press and Lee & Low publishers present titles that aim to engender empathy and understanding for others. Additionally, assistant professor of teacher education Amina Chaudhri will offer tips on how to use books to prevent bullying. Moderated by Sarah Hunter, Books for Youth Senior Editor.
Full STEAM Ahead
(February 7, 2017) The national push to promote STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) in schools, libraries, and cultural centers continues to grow, and many are now incorporating STEAM (STEM plus art and aesthetics) as well. In this free, hour-long webinar, hear from representatives from Rosen, DK, and Scholastic as well as guest speaker, Kristin Fontichiaro. We’ll help you look at ways to make STEM and STEAM a more organic presence in your space, programs, and story times.
Creativity and Library Leadership: Moving the Next Gen Library Forward
(February 2, 2017) Join Booklist for this free, one-hour webinar which will explore the importance of creativity in the modern library and the influence leadership plays in its cultivation. Understanding the significance that creativity plays in the information landscape, its benefits for problem solving, the direct connection leaders play, and practical steps to cultivating creativity, from top to bottom, managers to staff, will also be discussed. You'll hear from our sponsor Rowman & Littlefield as well as Jamie Gray, author of Becoming a Powerhouse Librarian: How to Get Things Done Right the First Time (February 2017). Moderated by Rebecca Vnuk, Editor for Collection Management and Library Outreach.
Get Kids Coding
(January 31, 2017) Coding is a natural fit for today’s tech-savvy youth and school STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) programs. In this free, hour-long webinar, Kathleen McBroom, library consultant will offer tips for coding, and suggest fictional books that tie into this hot topic. We will also hear from representatives from DK and Rosen Publishing Group will present books that teach the ins and outs of coding and help put students’ ideas into action. Moderated by Booklist’s Associate Edtior, Books for Youth, Julia Smith.
2017 Morris Award Finalists: Exclusive Q&A
(January 17, 2017) Join Booklist for this exciting Q&A with the authors of the 2017 Morris Award finalists: Sonia Patel (Rani Patel In Full Effect, Cinco Puntos Press), Jeff Zentner (The Serpent King, Random House Children’s Books), Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock (The Smell of Other People’s Houses, Random House Children’s Books), Calla Devlin (Tell Me Something Real, Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing), and M-E Girard (Girl Mans Up, HarperTeen). This is a free, hour-long webinar moderated by Books for Youth Editor, Dan Kraus.
2017 ALA Carnegie Shortlist Q&A
(January 10, 2017) Booklist Adult Books editor and Carnegie committee chair Donna Seaman presents the 2017 Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction. Authors include, for fiction, Michael Chabon (Moonglow); and, for nonfiction, Patricia Bell-Scott (The Firebrand and the First Lady), and Patrick Phillip (Blood at the Root). Join Booklist for this free, one-hour interactive webinar with author interviews and presentations. Learn about 2017 Carnegie read-alikes and more!
Middle Grade Matters
(November 29, 2016) The middle grades are when kids can become most excited about reading. Join Booklist for a free hour-long webinar with representatives from Workman, Boyd Mill Press, National Geographic, and Simon & Schuster, to learn about fiction and nonfiction books that will grab your students and put them on the path to becoming life-long readers. Moderated by Booklist contributing editor, Ilene Cooper.
Engaging Reluctant and Struggling Readers at Your Library
(November 15, 2016) Today, more than ever, it is difficult to engage readers that simply do not like to read or are reluctant because they have learning barriers. Young people have so much more that draw their attention in other ways besides reading. However, reading is proven to be so important for young people’s minds and there are ways we can break down these barriers to reach these readers so they grow to become life long readers. Join Booklist and Thorndike Press to discuss these issues. Help discover ways to reach and encourage all young readers with suggestions from Wendy Bartlett (Cuyahoga County Public Library) and Carrie Banks (Brooklyn Public Library). Moderated by Books for Youth editor, Julia Smith.
New Nonfiction for Youth: Spring 2017
(November 8, 2016) Join Booklist for this free, one-hour webinar where representatives from Holiday House, DK, Penguin Young Readers, Simon & Schuster, and Quarto Publishing will introduce nonfiction titles for Kindergarten through young adult readers. Moderated by Booklist Books for Youth associate editor, Maggie Reagan.
Picture Books Galore! New Books for the Newest Readers
(November 3, 2016) Is there anything more formative than picture books for a child’s love of reading? In this free, one-hour webinar you’ll discover new titles from Candlewick Press, Sourcebooks, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Groundwood Books, and NorthSouth Books that get children excited about reading. Moderated by Booklist Books for Youth senior editor, Sarah Hunter.
Spring 2017 Adult Highlights from Workman Publishing Company
(November 1, 2016) “Every book its reader” is a Ranganathan Law we live by at Workman Publishing Company. Algonquin Books brings you literary fiction and narrative nonfiction, Timber Press offers fascinating gardening references, and Workman, Storey, Artisan, and The Experiment are experts in lifestyle, cookbooks, crafts, and narrative science. We have it all, and we are excited to share a curated selection of adult titles from the Spring 2017 list with you!
Crime Fiction to Quicken the Blood
(October 25, 2016) Feeling a chill in the air? Never mind that sweater—reach for a mystery or thriller! There’s no better way to keep warm than by turning the pages of a pulse-pounding read. Register now to join Booklist Executive Editor Keir Graff for our ever-popular fall mystery webinar, and listen as representatives from Houghton, Macmillan, Books on Tape, Severn House, and Soho preview the hottest crime fiction from their forthcoming lists.
Making in Early Elementary Grades
(October 20, 2016) Primary-aged children are natural makers. They couple their imaginations with the physical and digital worlds as they poke, prod, push, pull, pixelate, and produce. Whether using digital tools, circuits, robots, or recyclables, many of the core questions are the same: What is our role as facilitators of maker mindset and purposeful exploration? How do we set up spaces that welcome creative interactions with materials and peers? In celebration of the launch of the Makers as Innovators Junior series for K-2 students, Cherry Lake Publishing invites you to engage with these concepts and build or refine your vision for playful thinking. Presented by series editor and University of Michigan School of Information faculty member Kristin Fontichiaro and moderated by Books for Youth editor Dan Kraus.
Breathing New Life into Print Reference
(October 18, 2016) With so many online resources now available, how is print reference used today? How can we help people see the easy access to vast amounts of information right at their fingertips? In this free, one-hour webinar, Nicolette Warisse Sosulski will discuss ways to get the most out of your print reference collection. Amber Zankey (ProQuest Statistical Abstract of the United States) and Holly McGuire (Chase’s Calendar of Events) will provide useful tips and interesting testimonials from two of the most popular print references available. Moderated by Booklist Editor for Collection Management and Library Outreach, Rebecca Vnuk.
The Scoop on Series Nonfiction: More New Titles for Fall 2017
(October 11, 2016) Don’t miss this 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, Lerner, and Shell. Moderated by Booklist Books for Youth associate editor, Julia Smith.
The Art of Narrating the Unreal
(September 27, 2016) Join Booklist for a free, hour-long webinar where expert audiobook narrators Simon Vance, Graham Halstead and Tim Gerard Reynolds will discuss the preparation, recording, and listening experience of science fiction and fantasy titles. Discover how their processes change as the subject matter fluctuates from creepy to out of this world. Enjoy behind-the-scenes stories of how their work affects both those in the recording studio and those in their personal lives. Finally, explore some highlights of recent and upcoming titles from Recorded Books. Moderated by Booklist's Audio Editor Joyce Saricks.
What's Cooking for Fall 2016
(September 22, 2016) Cookbooks, full of mouth-watering photographs, health and wellness tips, and of course, recipes, are among library patrons’ favorite books to check out. Join Booklist for this free, hour-long webinar, where representatives from Penguin Random House and Sterling Publishing will share a sneak peek at what new titles they’re cooking up for fall. Moderated by Booklist’s adult books associate editor, Annie Bostrom.
How to Increase Reading Rates with Digital
(September 20, 2016) Join us for a look at the incredible opportunity eBooks and audiobooks offer librarians to evolve their role and become even more valuable members of the school community. We’ll hear from Chris Haeffner, coordinator of library media services for the Lincoln Public Schools in Nebraska, who will share her experience engaging readers across more than 50 schools with a thriving digital library that’s on pace to see a 65 percent checkout increase from last year. Plus, there will be plenty of time for Q&A to get answers to any specific questions you may have. Register for this exciting session today! Moderated by Booklist’s Editor, Adult Books, Donna Seaman.
Keep Your Romance Collection Fresh and Exciting
(September 13, 2016) Readers’ appetite for romance novels never abates! Join Booklist for an hour-long webinar featuring a rich variety of forthcoming romance novels presented by Penguin Random House, HarperCollins, Shadow Mountain, and Baker Publishing.
Back to School Exclusive: New Titles for the School Library: Part 1
(August 30, 2016) Get your shelves ready for the new school year with brand new nonfiction books perfect for preschool through young adult. In this free, hour-long webinar, representatives from Amicus, Black Rabbit, and Creative Company will share their exciting new offerings for Fall 2016.
Back to School Exclusive: New Titles for the School Library: Part 2
(August 30, 2016) Get your shelves ready for the new school year with brand new nonfiction books perfect for preschool through young adult. In this free, hour-long webinar, representatives from Amicus, Black Rabbit, and Creative Company will share their exciting new offerings for Fall 2016.
Stellar Series Nonfiction for Fall 2016
(August 23, 2016) Join Booklist for a free, hour-long webinar where attendees will get an overview of what's new for Fall 2016 from series nonfiction publishing stars: Cavendish Square Publishing, Enslow Publishing, Gareth Stevens Publishing, and Rosen Publishing. Moderated by Booklist Books for Youth Senior Editor Sarah Hunter.
Hooking Reluctant Readers: Finding Content That Engages and Encourages
(August 18, 2016) Join us for this free, hour-long webinar: Hooking Reluctant Readers: Finding Content that Engages and Encourages. When it comes to encouraging struggling readers, a high-interest topic is often the surest way to spark interest. Representatives from Lorimer Publishing, Lerner Publishing and Nomad Press provide tips, tricks, and recommendations for raising literacy levels, reaching reluctant readers, and keeping them reading. Moderated by Booklist’s Maggie Reagan, Associate Editor, Books for Youth.
Hot Middle-Grade Reads!
(August 16, 2016) These terrific new titles sizzle. You'll want to learn all about them at Booklist's free, hour-long webinar. Representatives from Sourcebooks, Penguin Young Readers, Albert Whitman, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, and Shadow Mountain will preview books guaranteed to make a splash with middle-grade readers.
YA Announcements, Fall 2016
(August 9, 2016) Get a sneak peek of forthcoming YA titles in this hour-long, free webinar, featuring representatives from Macmillan, Bloomsbury, Tor, and Disney.
Best Bets for Book Groups
(July 19, 2016) Looking for fresh titles for your book discussion group? Join representatives from Penguin Random House, HarperCollins, Norton, Macmillan, and Sourcebooks as they showcase their favorite upcoming and backlist titles that are a perfect fit for adult book groups. This free, one-hour webinar is moderated by Rebecca Vnuk, Editor for Collection Management and Library Outreach.
Handselling: Readers' Advisory for Under the Radar Titles
(July 12, 2016) Looking for ways to get a great book into the hands of just the right reader? This free, hour-long webinar features readers-advisory experts Kaite Mediatore Stover, Director of Readers’ Services, Kansas City (MO) Public Library and Booklist’s Rebecca Vnuk giving practical advice how to handsell special books to your library patrons. Representatives from Harlequin and Polis Books will then present a selection of adult titles that simply beg to be pushed from the stacks.
ALA Orlando: Conference Sneak Peek
(June 16, 2016) Will we see you at ALA Annual Conference in Orlando in June? Whether you’re deciding which booths to visit first, or if you’re staying home this year, you won’t want to miss this free, hour-long webinar where four publishers share the titles they’ll be promoting in Orlando. Little Bee, Little Brown, Skyhorse, and Workman will preview what they have planned this year. Moderated by Booklist Books for Youth Associate Editor Maggie Reagan.
Tips for Story Time Success
(June 14, 2016) Looking to spice up your story time repertoire? Katie Fitzgerald, formerly of the DC Public Library, will share tips and tricks for performing engaging story times from her new book, Story Time Success: A Practical Guide for Librarians (Rowman & Littlefield, 2016). This refresher course on engaging young ones through story time is sponsored by Rowman & Littlefield and moderated by Rebecca Vnuk, Booklist Editor for Collection Management & Library Outreach.
Reading the Rainbow: New Trends in LGBTQ Literature
(June 7, 2016) Join us in Pride Month for a special Booklist webinar focusing on LGBTQ literature for adults and teens. Booklist columnist and reviewer Michael Cart will discuss current trends in LGBTQ lit, and representatives from Bold Strokes Books, Listening Library, and Riptide Publishing will share new and forthcoming titles from their lists.
Invitation . . . to Murder: More Mysteries for 2016
(May 31, 2016) Booklist’s seventh annual Mystery Month ends with a (hollow-tipped) exclamation point as Executive Editor Keir Graff joins five publishers to preview their new and forthcoming mystery titles. Bloomsbury, Felony & Mayhem, Le French Book, Seventh Street Books, and Soho—put them together, and we may just have a premise, a Maguffin, and two locations for very our own crime novel.
Listen Up! New Audiobooks for Summer 2016 and Beyond
(May 24, 2016) Wondering what to suggest to your listeners this summer? Booklist has the answer! Join us and representatives from Books on Tape, Dreamscape, LA Theatre Works, and Recorded Books to discover the best new audiobooks of the season.
Youth Announcements: Summer 2016 (May 17, 2016) Get a sneak peek of forthcoming youth titles in this hour-long, free webinar, featuring representatives from Albert Whitman, Quarto, Second Story Press, and Sterling Publishing.
How to Market Your Large Print Collection: Successful Librarians Speak (May 10, 2016) Large Print books are an important part of any circulating collection, and they have great appeal to a range of readers. Learn how to get the most out of your collection and build awareness of the format as well. Join Booklist and Thorndike Press for a lively discussion about what works – and what doesn’t work – to increase access, consideration, and use of your library’s large print collection. Led by four expert librarians, this webinar will deliver practical tips, proven techniques, and overall strategies that have been field tested.
What We're Reading for Fall 2016 (May 3, 2016) The Penguin Random House Library Marketing staff share their top picks for fall 2016. 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.
Amping Up Your STEM Program
(April 28, 2016) There is a national push to promote STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) and STEAM (STEM plus art and aesthetics) in schools, libraries, and cultural centers. Yet few librarians have STEM backgrounds! In this free, hour-long webinar sponsored by Cherry Lake, Kristin Fontichiaro, clinical assistant professor at the University of Michigan School of Information, will help you look at ways to make STEM a more organic presence in your space, programs, and storytime.
Mysteries to Die For
(April 26, 2016) With Booklist’s seventh annual Mystery Month just around the corner in May, it’s time to investigate the best in forthcoming crime fiction, from cozy mysteries to hard-boiled thrillers. Join Keir Graff, Executive Editor of Booklist Publications (and a big, big fan of the genre), along with representatives from Harlequin, HarperCollins, Macmillan, Penguin Random House, and Severn House, for a look at some books that are simply to die for.
Find the Information you Need!
(April 19, 2016) You’re a trained expert at finding information, especially in library catalogs, commercial databases, and on the web. But there's always more to be found—and much of it is authoritative and freely available. Cheryl Knott, author of Find the Information You Need!: Resources and Techniques for Making Decisions, Solving Problems, and Answering Questions (Rowman & Littlefield, 2016) will show effective search and browse strategies for exploring open-access repositories, federal government sites, and other underused resources.
Great Middle-Grade Reads
(April 12, 2016) The middle-grades are reading's sweet spot. Join Booklist for a free, hour-long webinar featuring representatives from Bloomsbury, Disney Book Group, Holiday House, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, and Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group as they introduce great new titles guaranteed to get children hooked on books.
Library Love for LibraryReads: Spring and Summer 2016
(March 29, 2016) LibraryReads is a librarian-driven venture where public library staff can help build word-of-mouth for new books for adults. Hear representatives from HarperCollins, Other Press, Penguin Random House, Simon & Schuster, and Skyhorse Publishing share forthcoming titles perfect for public libraries—and for your LibraryReads nominations!
The Scoop on Series Nonfiction: New Titles for Spring 2016
(March 22, 2016) A continuation of our popular series of webinars on series nonfiction for youth featuring presentations from five publishers in the field: DK Publishing, Enslow Publishing, Lerner Publishing Group, Rosen Publishing, and Scholastic Library Publishing.
Get More Graphic: New Titles for Your Graphic Novels Shelves
(March 15, 2016) Are your graphic novel offerings looking a little sparse? In this free, hour-long program, join representatives from DC, Penguin Random House Publishing, and VIZ media as they discuss upcoming comics, graphic novels, and manga to enliven this increasingly popular section of the library.
Virtual Storytime: Disney Publishing Preview at Your Desk
(March 10, 2016) Want to hear about some great new books? Have an hour-long, sneak peek at some of Disney Publishing’s upcoming titles as read by their authors: Jonathan Stroud, Mac Barnett & Adam Rex, Bob Shea, Robin Roe, Debbie Levy, and Zana Fraillon. Moderated by Dina Sherman, School and Library Marketing Director at Disney Publishing Worldwide and Booklist’s Book for Youth associate editor Maggie Reagan.
YA Announcements: Spring 2016
(March 1, 2016) Get the jump on the most anticipated YA releases in this hour-long webinar featuring representatives from Bloomsbury, Disney Book Group, Harlequin Teen, and Macmillan Children’s and Adult Publishing Groups.
What's New in Women's Fiction
(February 23, 2016) Whether it’s fun and fluffy chick lit or a tense and soapy “issue-driven” novel, women’s fiction is likely to be a favorite category with your patrons. Join representatives from Amazon Publishing, Harlequin MIRA, Penguin Random House, and Thorndike Press for this free, hour-long webinar featuring the best new women’s fiction titles.
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.