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lib_book3 9:45 AM  -  12:00 PM Western MA Readers Advisory Round Table [MLS - Northampton] Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Molly Moss   413-587-1017

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. This roundtable explores reading genres, their appeal for readers, and expands our knowledge and awareness of authors and titles in the genres. 

Genre: Diverse Fiction - Fantasy

BenchmarkThe Fifth Season by N. K. Jemisin.

Our next RART-W genre study is looking at various fiction genres through the lens of diversity. 

Please read a 2nd title in the Diverse Fantasy genre. Look on the blog for a list of links to suggested titles, and make sure to add your second title to the blog posts.

For a more detailed description and full schedule of the genre studies, check out:

Our schedule for the rest of the year will be:

December 5, 2017 – Romance 
February 6, 2018  – Mystery 
April 3, 2018  – Science Fiction 
June 5, 2018  – Historical Fiction

Massachusetts Library System, Northampton
241-243 King St.
Northampton, MA 01060
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misc_none 9:45 AM  -  12:00 PM Northeast MA Readers' Advisory Round Table [Reading] Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Leane M Ellis   781-246-6334

The Northeastern Readers' Advisory Round Table reads the same Subject in both Nonfiction & Fiction over the summer to be discussed in September.

We completed a three-part arc in Historical Non-Fiction and top it off by reading Historical Fiction/Nonfiction duo on the same topic.

The Benchmarks: Everyone reads Janet Wallach’s Desert Queen: The Extraordinary Life of Gertrude Bell, Advisor to Kings, Ally of Lawrence of Arabia. (1997) OR Georgina Howell’s Queen of the Desert, Shaper of Nations (2008) NONFICTION BIOGRAPHY and Mary Doria Russell’s Dreamers of the Day. HISTORICAL FICTION.

Please read 2nd titles on the same Subject in both Nonfiction & Fiction. Suggested List on Blog.

Appeal to be read for September 2017 meeting: Focus on all the appeal factors, but really think about frame: place, time, and tone and the appeal differences between nonfiction and fiction.

Meeting every other month, the NE RA RT reads from one genre--and then discusses the appeal of that genre with each other emphasizing the building of a skill set of appeal categories and familiarity of genre particulars. They cover 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 capicity as readers' advisors.  The discussion leaders are Leane Ellis ( and Nanci Milone Hill (

!ANNOUNCEMENT: On November 28, 2017,  we will be having a Planning/Strategy meeting instead of our usual genre study discussion. We have a schedule through 2018 and it is time to discuss what we need from this group individually and collectively.  Please come to this meeting whether you are a founding member, longtime or sometime attendee, or brand-new participant.  Help us shape the future of our RA studies.  We will be meeting at Methuen’s Nevins Memorial Library from 10:00am to 12Noon.  We will also do an RA exercise which will be explained at the September 26th meeting in Reading. Sign up will be by this MLS CE Calendar.

    Location: Reading Public Library (64 Middlesex Avenue, Reading; Telephone: (781) 944-0840
        There are many spaces available.
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