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 covers 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. Everyone participating will be able to share analysis of titles and authors in unfamiliar genres that will stretch their capacity as Readers’ Advisors. The Discussion Leaders are: Molly Moss, Forbes Library, Northampton ( and Jan Resnick ( RART-W is modeled on the Readers Advisory Round Table conducted by Leane Ellis in the northeast section of the Commonwealth.

Tuesday, February 25 is the first meeting of the Readers Advisory Round Table – West genre study.

Tuesday, February 25, 2014 9:45 – Noon Location: Pelham Library
Genre: Mystery Fiction
Benchmark: Everyone reads Louise Penny’s Still Life.

Tuesday, April 29, 2014 9:45 – Noon Location:  Sunderland Public Library
Genre: Romance
Benchmark: Romancing Mister Bridgerton by Julia Quinn

Tuesday, June 24, 2014 9:45 – Noon Location:  Jones Library, Amherst
Genre: Gentle Reads
Benchmark:  Lucia, Lucia by Adriana Trigiani


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