Stand alone topics
Save these dates!
Stand alone topics
Save these dates!
Teen/YA arc, bracketed by Graphic Novels and Narrative Nonfiction!
This year, we will lead with Graphic Novels (a FORMAT, not a genre!), move into a Teen/YA arc, and wrap up with Narrative Nonfiction.
Tuesday, September 11, 2018, 9:45 am to Noon
Benchmarks (pick 2):
My Favorite Thing is Monsters by Emil Ferris
Black Panther: World of Wakanda by Roxane Gay with Ta-Nehisi Coates
All Star Superman by Grant Morrison and Frank Quitely (both volumes)
Tuesday, February 5, 2019, 9:45 am to Noon
LOCATION CHANGE South Hadley Public Library
When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon
The Inexplicable Logic of My Life by Benjamin Alire Sáenz
Tuesday, June 4, 2019, 9:45 am to Noon
Jones Library, Amherst
The Line Becomes a River by Francisco Cantú
Mayflower: A Story of Courage, Community, and War by Nathaniel Philbrick
This year, we are taking a page from the Southeastern MA RART, we are looking at different fiction genres through the lens of diversity.
Advising readers on their next book is one of the most intimidating and exhilarating aspects of library work. Helping readers with their reading needs builds an ongoing and treasured relationship between library staff and their users. Readers’ Advisory (RA) is a skill that grows over time and with practice.
Meeting every other month, the Readers Advisory Round Table – West (RART-W) participants read from one genre—and then discuss the appeal of that genre emphasizing the building of a skill set of appeal categories and familiarity of genre particulars. Participants read the same benchmark title plus a second title of their choice within the genre. The Round Table began covering a different genre every meeting allowing each of the participants to be introduced to the discipline of reading for appeal as well as an initiation to broad genre categories. We are now reading genre arcs in a series of 3 meetings. Everyone participating will be able to share analysis of titles and authors in unfamiliar genres that will stretch their capacity as Readers’ Advisors.
Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion statement: RART-W encourages all library staff to use leisure reading as a way to connect with the community, with a particular focus on reaching the underserved and promoting “own voices” authors. Throughout our discussions we will explore ways in which library staff can provide services, collections, and programming that puts EDI concerns at the forefront. Examples include but are not limited to, delivering the same information in different formats, advice on how to diversify your displays, and ways to include more staff voices in basic RA service [more voices leads to more equitable, diverse, and inclusive offerings]. Library staff attending RART-W must be interested in allowing all staff [not just professional and/or public service staff] to participate in serving all populations, not just the ones most represented by staff or as identified in a local census.
New members are always welcome! No previous experience required!
To subscribe to the discussion list send email to email@example.com
The Discussion Leaders are: Alene Moroni, Forbes Library, Northampton (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Jan Resnick (email@example.com). RART-W is modeled on the Readers Advisory Round Table conducted by Leane Ellis in the northeast section of the Commonwealth.
Tuesday, Jan 31, 2017 9:45 – Noon
Location: Jones Library
Genre: Historical Fiction – Tudor to World War II
Benchmark: Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel.
Fill out and bring your Reader Profile — great practice to put your reading preferences into words.
Here is the schedule for our 2014-2015 genre study meetings in Western Mass: Tuesday, October 28, 2014 9:45 – Noon
Location: MLS Whately
Genre: Historical Fiction
Benchmark: The Killer Angels by Michael Shaara
Thursday, February 26, 2015 9:45 – Noon
Location: Sunderland Public Library
SNOW DATE – Tuesday, March 3, 2015 9:45 – Noon
Genre: Literary Fiction
Benchmark: That Old Cape Magic by Richard Russo
Tuesday, September 15 2015 9:45 – Noon
Genre: Science Fiction
Tuesday, November 17 2015 9:45 – Noon
Genre: Genre Arc begins