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2017-2018 Genre Study Schedule

Diverse Fiction 

This year, we are taking a page from the Southeastern MA RART, we are looking at different fiction genres through the lens of diversity.

September 19, 2017 9:45 to Noon
Diversity in Fantasy
MLS Northampton
Benchmark: The Fifth Season by N. K. Jemisin
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December 5, 2017
Diversity in Romance

February 6, 2018
Diversity in Mystery

April 3, 2018
Diversity in Science Fiction

June 5, 2018
Diversity in Historical Fiction

About us and welcome!

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.

New members are always welcome! No previous experience required!

To subscribe to the discussion list send email to rart-w+subscribe@googlegroups.com

The Discussion Leaders are: Molly Moss, Forbes Library, Northampton (mmoss@forbeslibrary.org) and Jan Resnick (njrezz@comcast.net). RART-W is modeled on the Readers Advisory Round Table conducted by Leane Ellis in the northeast section of the Commonwealth.

2016-2017 Genre Study Schedule

Tuesday, September 20, 2016 9:45 – Noon
Location: Pelham Library
Genre: Urban Fiction
Benchmark: The Coldest Winter Ever by Sister Souljah.
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Tuesday, Nov 15, 2016 9:45 – Noon
Location: Massachusetts Library System – Northampton
Genre: Historical Fiction – Prehistory to Tudor (1485)
Benchmark: Pompeii by Robert Harris.
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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.
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Tuesday, March 21, 2017 9:45 – Noon
Location: South Hadley Public Library
Genre: Historical Biofiction vs. Biography
Benchmark: Choose 2 of your own titles, on the same person.
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Tuesday, May 16, 2017 9:45 – Noon
Location: Hatfield Public Library
Genre: Alternate History
Benchmark: His Majesty’s Dragon by Naomi Novik
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2015-2016 Genre Study Schedule

Tuesday, September 15, 2015 9:45 – Noon
Location: Amherst Room, Jones Library
Genre: Science Fiction
Benchmark: Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
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Tuesday, November 3, 2015 9:45 – Noon
Location: South Hadley Public Library
Genre: Mystery Genre Arc I – Police Procedural
Benchmark: A Share in Death by Deborah Crombie
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Tuesday, January 19, 2016 9:45 – Noon
Location: Hatfield Public Library
Genre: Mystery Genre Arc II – Amateur Detective
Benchmark: Murder, with Peacocks by Donna Andrews
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Tuesday, March 29, 2016 9:45 – Noon
Location: Sunderland Public Library
Genre: Mystery Genre Arc III – Genre Blends
Benchmark: Storm Front by Jim Butcher
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Tuesday, May 10, 2016 9:45 – Noon
Location: Forbes Library
Genre: Horror
Benchmark: Horrorstor by Grady Hendrix
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2014-2015 Genre Study Schedule

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
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Tuesday, December 16, 2014 9:45 – Noon
Location: South Hadley Public Library
Genre: Steampunk
Benchmark: Boneshaker by Cherie Priest
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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
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Thursday, April 16 2015 9:45 – Noon
Location: Coolidge Museum, Forbes Library
Genre: Adventure
Benchmark: The Templar Legacy by Steven Berry
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Tuesday, June 16 2015 9:45 – Noon Location:
Pelham Library
Genre: Fantasy
Benchmark: Mort, Guards! Guards!, or Wyrd Sisters by Terry Pratchett
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Tuesday, September 15 2015 9:45 – Noon
Location: TBD
Genre: Science Fiction
Benchmark: TBD

Tuesday, November 17 2015 9:45 – Noon
Location: TBD
Genre: Genre Arc begins
Benchmark: TBD

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 (mmoss@forbeslibrary.org) and Jan Resnick (njrezz@comcast.net). 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.
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Tuesday, April 29, 2014 9:45 – Noon Location:  Sunderland Public Library
Genre: Romance
Benchmark: Romancing Mister Bridgerton by Julia Quinn
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Tuesday, June 24, 2014 9:45 – Noon Location:  Jones Library, Amherst
Genre: Gentle Reads
Benchmark:  Lucia, Lucia by Adriana Trigiani
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