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An event that explores readers' advisory in a new light!

When: 8/6/2013
9:00 AM
Where: Anythink Wright Farm Library
5877 E. 120th Ave.
Thornton, Colorado  80602
United States
Contact: CAL Staff

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The Readers' Advisory Interest Group Summer workshop is an event that explores readers' advisory in a new light. Join us for interactive, TED-style presentations and group networking time to introduce Colorado librarians and library staff to innovative readers' advisory methods, whole collection considerations and emerging genres.

Cost: $30.00 for CAL members      

         $40.00 for non-CAL members


8:30 am—9:00am


9:00 am—9:10am


9:15 am—9:45 am

The Weird Wild West

9:50 am—10:20am

Online Personalized Reading Lists

10:25 am—10:55 am

Readers’ Advisory—Amped Up!

11:00 am—11:20 am

What’s the Deal with Fantasy? Genres and Beyond

11:30 am—12:30 am

Lunch (Provided)

12:35 pm—1:05 pm

Booktalks, Booktalks,


1:10 pm—1:40 pm

Live from Mom’s Basement: Graphic Novel Picks from the Front Lines

1:45 pm—2:15 pm

Tools and Translation: Tips for Whole Library Advisory

2:15 pm—2:30 pm


2:30 pm—3:00 pm

Q&A for Presenters

3:15 pm—5:00 pm

Booktalks by Karol Sacca and RA Ice Cream Social

Program descriptions:

The Weird Wild West

Brett Keniston, Tara Bannon-Williamson, Zac Laugheed, Adelina Esquibel, Denver Public Library

In pop culture, the West has always been a little weird. But add in zombies, vampires, robots and aliens, and you’ll experience a West that is even wilder than you imagined. Saddle up and ride with Denver Public Library as we explore the world of the weird western and other cross-genre, multi-format western fiction.

Online Personalized Reading Lists

Melissa Stock, Arapahoe Library District

Explore an online way to create personalized reading lists for your patrons. Tips on how to create the forms, how to find recommendations, and unexpected problems and solutions.

Readers’ Advisory—Amped Up!

Joanna Nelson, Krista Meier , Pikes Peak Library District

Want to take readers’ advisory to the next level? Reading maps amp up your read-alike lists by including nonfiction, fiction, movies, music, images, websites, and databases by building on different themes and elements of a single book. In this session, we will talk about what goes into a reading map, tips on using Prezi and Pearltrees, legal & technical issues, and marketing. Walk away with everything you need to create your own reading map. Get ready to be AMPED UP!!

What’s the Deal with Fantasy? Genres and Beyond

Emily Peros, Denver Public Library

Explore today’s hot titles and hidden gems in fantasy to improve your RA skills.

Booktalks, Booktalks, Everywhere

Diane Tuccillo, Poudre River Public Library District

Why and how do we provide dynamic, effective booktalks? Diane Tuccillo, a Teen Services Librarian and expert booktalker, will explain how to choose books and plan vibrant booktalks. She will share about an outreach project that gets teens booktalking and the creation of the show Bookends.

Live from Mom’s Basement: Graphic Novel Picks from the Front Lines

Peter Derk, High Plains Library District

What do atomic robots, science dogs, and Abraham Lincoln have in common? If you don't know, you might not be reading enough comics. Come and find out just how many Velociraptor scientists have been missing from your life!

Tools and Translation: Tips for Whole Library Advisory

Tara Bannon-Williamson, Denver Public Library

Offering multiformat materials advisory to library customers is not significantly different from offering traditional library services, it simply requires a broader filter when creating connections between customers and library materials. We can translate familiar elements of readers’ advisory to help us cover new ground. I will demonstrate a few online tools that make these interactions easier. Tools include: TuneGlue, and IMDb.


Cancellation Policy:
CAL's Cancellation Policy: Substitutions are welcomed at any time. Registration cancellations made in writing and postmarked, emailed or faxed at least 14 days prior to the official start of the conference or workshop will result in a full refund less a processing fee of $25 established by the CAL Executive Board. No phone cancellations will be accepted. There will be no refunds of cancellations postmarked after 14 days prior to the official start of the conference or workshop.


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