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April 2018

April 2018 Issue

Common Core Resources

Welcome to Booklist's Live Events. 
Check back for new programs, 
as well as recordings of previous events.



Romance novels are receiving more publicity than ever, and from surprising sources. The conversations around feminism, intersectionality, consent, and diversity have all, at some point, touched on romance publishing and where the happily ever after fits in today’s world. We’ll talk with romance writers, publishers, and librarians about what has and hasn’t changed in Romancelandia, and what you can do to help your patrons embrace the many winding roads to HEA. *** This event will be recorded. Even if you can't attend, leave your e-mail when RSVP'ing "no" and we'll automatically send you the archive when it's ready. 

Date:  Tuesday, April 10 at 2:00 – 3:30 PM 

Chapel Hill Public Library, 
Meeting Room B 
100 Library Drive 
Chapel Hill, NC 27514

Sponsored by:  NoveList

                —PREVIOUS EVENTS —

Date: Thursday, February 22, 2018 at 2:00 - 3:30 PM Central

Location: Chicago Public Library, Harold Washington Library Center
400 S State St, Chicago, IL 60605 
Multipurpose Rooms A & B 


You’re proud of the long-running book group at your library. It takes patience and smarts to develop a core of devoted readers. But do you ever feel like your monthly meetings are like a song stuck on repeat? It’s time for you to go rogue! Join a panel of librarian experts who have kept their book groups fresh by looking outside the box for reading choices. You’ll learn tips, tools, and titles that will revitalize your groups and even attract new members. This is a Booklist Live Event sponsored by NoveList. 

Kathy Sexton from the Skokie Library (and a Booklist reviewer) 
Liz Kirchhoff from the Barrington Library (and a Booklist Reader blogger) 
Katharine Solheim from Unabridged Books in Chicago

Sponsored by: NoveList


Date:   Tuesdsay, August 22, 2017 from 2:00- 3:30 pm
Panelists: Becky Spratford, Marlise Schiltz and Karen Toonen 
Location:  Chicago Public Library, Harold Washington Library Center
400 S State St, Chicago, IL 60605
Multipurpose Rooms A & B 


Nothing is scarier than being asked to help someone find books in a genre that you don’t enjoy yourself. You want to help that romance reader find the perfect book, for example, but you don’t know where to begin because—eek!—you don’t read romance. Will you be exposed as a fraud? How can you possibly help this reader? Well, you can. You can help any reader at any time as long as you know the right resources to consult, and you make a commitment to staying in genre shape. You can do that by forming a genre study group. Join Booklist RA specialist Becky Spratford as she leads a panel of experts who will walk you through the process of crafting a genre study model that will ensure success for you, your staff, and, most importantly, your readers. 

Sponsored by:  NoveList

RA Conversation: YA Crossovers 

Date:   Thursday, October 27, from 1:30-3:00 pm
Panelists: Booklist's Collection Management and Library Outreach Editor,  Rebecca Vnuk 
Location:  RAILS Burr Ridge, 125 Tower Dr, Burr Ridge, IL 60527
Description:  Geared towards adult librarians who have little experience or training in working with titles for young adults, this 90-minute program will offer RA tips and tricks for working with both teen patrons and teen books. Attendees will come away with more confidence in their ability to suggest teen titles to adult readers and adult titles to teen readers.

Sponsored by:  NoveList

Date:  Thursday, August 27th 
Panelists:  Duncan Smith (NoveList), Becky Spratford (RA for All), and Rebecca Vnuk (Booklist)
Description: Is your Readers' Advisory service a bit lethargic? Could your library use advice on how to reach readers? The book doctors are in and will speak to common RA issues and side effects. Smith will present recent research regarding public library patrons and their reading habits, then the three experts will prescribe cures for general RA woes. 

Sponsored by:

Book Blogging 101
Date:  Thursday, December 3rd at 2 p.m. CST
Location: RAILS Burr Ridge, 125 Tower Dr, Burr Ridge, IL 60527
Panelists: Rebecca Vnuk, Booklist Collection Management editor, and Karen Keefe, ShelfRenewal blogger and director of the Hinsdale Public Library
Description: In this practical discussion, seasoned book bloggers Vnuk and Keefe will cover the benefits of starting a personal or library-related book blog, including various platforms to choose from, how to get started, what to talk about, how to stay motivated, how to publicize your blog, and more. 

Sponsored by:
Watch the recording!


Book Review Basics: Using Reviews and Annotations for RA
Date:  Thursday, January 28th at 2 p.m. CST
Location: RAILS Burr Ridge, 125 Tower Dr, Burr Ridge, IL 60527

 Booklist's Collection Management and Library Outreach editor Rebecca Vnuk.
Description: How can you suggest titles you haven’t read or authors you aren’t familiar with? This session will explore how to use review sources to get up to speed, and will show you how your library can use reviews and annotations for both in-person and passive readers’ advisory. 

Sponsored by:
Watch the recording! 


Five Things to Know in Top Genres
Date: Tuesday, April 26th at 2 p.m. CST
Location: RAILS Burr Ridge, 125 Tower Dr, Burr Ridge, IL 60527

Description: Based on the popular “Top Five” programs at recent PLA conferences, this program offers a quick rundown of the top things to know in some of the most popular genres, including each genre’s top five authors, trends, and benchmark books. 

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